Have you ever wondered why we tend to get sick during this holiday season?
With all of the indulgences, increase of calories and decrease in foods rich in micronutrients, our immune system becomes increasingly taxed. While there are numerous factors that reduce our immunity, some of
the culprits come from our diet, including:
• Less raw foods, more cooked foods - As our shopping lists start to shift from fresh, moisture-rich fruits and vegetables, to root vegetables, casseroles and desserts, we shift from a diet with plenty of raw foods to a predominately cooked one. In 1930, researchers at the Institute of Clinical Chemistry in Lausanne, Switzerland, discovered that eating cooked and processed foods, verses raw and natural foods, caused an elevation in white blood cells similar to when the immune system responds to an infection or poison. This
digestive leukocytosis, as it is called, is as a result of food lacking digestive enzymes, which become destroyed in the cooking process. Eating a predominately cooked-food diet will lower your immune resistance and make you more vulnerable to genuine ailments such as the common cold or flu.
• Blood sugar fluctuations - Also lowering your immune resistance is the hypoglycemic effect, whereby your blood sugar constantly rises to handle a sugary or starchy meal but then lowers after the insulin goes to work. These frequent sugar indulgences between October and December is a major factor in the rise of ailments. Fortunately, by incorporating some or all of the following tips into your dietary lifestyle, you can
remain strong and healthy throughout this cherished time of year.
• 51% of the food on your plate, by weight, should be raw, plant-based food to avoid digestive leukocytosis. You can imagine it will require quite a bit more green salad to outweigh your turkey and mashed potatoes.
• Add fiber-rich foods such as chia seeds, psyllium husk and/or black beans (great in brownies); or cinnamon to your sweets to slow down the rise in your blood sugar.
• Consider halving or splitting the ratio of your traditional sweeteners with lower-glycemic varieties, such as: palm nectar (coconut sugar), stevia liquid or powder, barhi dates, or even raw, unheated and unprocessed local honey.
• Avoid dairy and gluten, food-like products to help modulate the immune response, which tends towards over-reactive and inflammatory promoting behavior with a diet including these common allergens.
• Incorporate some of Mother Nature's medicinal foods into your weekly diet to help support your health.
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Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner, Stephanie Austin, was guided into holistic living in 2002 when she was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, an uncommon autoimmune disease affecting the skin and muscle.
Opting for education rather than medication, Austin enrolled in a Holistic Health Practitioner program in 2004 after realizing she'd been gifted with disease so that she may learn to heal herself and later teach others to do the same.
Since her education, Austin has released over 60 pounds and conquered years of junk food addiction through holistic healing and nutrition techniques that she now passes onto others through her business, Wellness by Mother Nature.
Austin has been the Director of Education and Board Member for the nonprofit organization, The Wellness Kitchen. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award from www.ACHS.edu.
Austin is an author, coach and speaker who empowers people on the healing value of nutrition and the innate self-healing abilities of a body in balance.
She has helped hundreds of people achieve balance through methods such as meditation, herbs, movement, supplements, aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, mind-body connection, energy healing and by closely listening to the needs of her clients.
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My Other Blogs
I've used several websites over the years to journal my juice cleanses. Since there are many years worth of journals, I am slowly moving them all to this one. Meanwhile, you can view my First Juice Fast blog here and a few others here and here.
If you're looking for program specific blogs (ie. Juice Cleanse or Gluten Free) visit the Classes and Programs here for their respective blogs, which are password assessable to clients only.
The Traveling Homesteader has an entirely separate blog here.
Otherwise, I write everything else here at www.StephanieAustin.com.