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Re: Shelleycat--enzymes--addendum
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Re: Shelleycat--enzymes--addendum

PH balance comes easy when you switch to a more vegetarian diet, eat right for your body type and follow basic rules of digestion. Here's my list of how to eat right, I'll *** the parts that are most important for PH balance. :)


These are tips for people who cannot handle a lot of raw veggies, have chronic gas, bloating, flatulence, constipation or even diarrhea or alternating. It helps brain fog, fatigue, bloating, abdominal pain, indigestion, acid reflux, etc. If you constantly have jagged cracks in your tongue, or lots of toxins coating it each morning, or candida, you need to know this stuff.

Updated: 2-10-04

To increase the power of digestion, here are some excellent things to do and options. Whatever sounds good to you, give it a try. If something seems strange or not good for you, check the list again in two weeks. If it still seems wrong for you, chances are your intuition is right on.

***Only eat as much food as you can hold in both hands in a single meal. This is very important. Never drink cold water with meals, stop drinking fluids 30 minutes before meals and up to 1 hour after. If you must drink, drink herbal tea or plain warm water. The stomach digests best with 1/3 air, 1/3 food, 1/3 gastric juices. Watering down your stomach dilutes the enzymes and acids that digest food. If food gets into the colon partially digested, bacteria goes to work to break it down. This causes gas, microbial imbalances, and over time, mucoid placque.

***Try to have at least 4 hours in between meals. Eat regular meals at regular times, pay attention, chew slowly and thoroughly. Avoid snacking as much as possible. DRink warm tea in between meals, spicy herbal tea - not black - is best. A bit with the meal is okay. Have your main meal at lunch rather than dinner. Don't eat after 8:00 pm, digestion is weakest at night. DO NOT eat if upset or stressed, digestion stops completely then. Best to fast then, drink a Master Cleanser drink instead.

***It's a good idea to take a short walk 15-30 minutes after meals. This really helps digestion.

To wake up the digestion in the morning, lie on flat surface, bring knees to chest and hug them for 5 minutes. Then roll back and forth on back until little pops stop. Then sit up and do leg/hurdler stretches.

***Try to eat a diet that is 40% veggies, 30% grains and legumes, nuts and seeds, 20% protein from fish and poultry, 10% fruit.

***Digestive enzymes are an excellent option, including pancreatic enzymes and HCL betain. If you don't want to take HCL, then take lemon juice with some salt. It amounts to the same thing. Just add salt to a glass of lemon water or lemonade OR lemon/apple cider vinegar and enjoy!

***Avoid greasy foods. Eat plain foods and add your own olive oil. Don't be afraid to eat olive oil, it won't make you fat! and will help maintain balance.

***Avoid deepfried and other very dead foods (refined) with none of their own live enzymes.

***Supplemnt with a super-green food such as Perfect Food and probiotics such as Primal Defense.

***Try to use proper food combining techniques. For instance, eat fruit alone as a fruit meal, never with dairy except the occasional cottage cheese or yoghurt. Eat grains alone or with milk substitutes like almond milk or rice milk. Don't combine meats with potatoes - major no-no. Eat your steak with a salad, no bread either! :)

***Try eating just a little bit of something pickled, vinegard, and/or spicy before your main meal, such as Kim Chee (pickled cabbage), or pickled ginger (like what they give with sushi), sunamomo (cucumber salad wtih vinegar) or umeboshi (Japanese pickled plums. Very healthful and healing to liver/gallbladder). This aids digestion and proper bowel flora.

***Consider eating lots of veggie stews and soups with onion, lentils, garbanzo beans and spices rather than the usual protein surrounded by starch and bread meals. That way the water is reserved with all the goodness of the veggies, and you can add cumin, ginger and paprika and cayenne pepper to make them tastier and better digested.

OR you can steam them easily by putting the cut up veggie in a med pot with a tight lid, 1/4 cup water and 1 tbls olive oil. Put on high heat for 4 minutes then check for crisp-tender. Spice and eat.

Try to eat only 3-4 types of veggies in a single meal, or less. Consider putting them through a blender. Most of your veggies should be cooked, as you need a strong digestive system to move to raw diet, but the occasional veggie juice is okay. (weak spleen = persistent colds = chapped/peeling lips) Broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts are often gas-producing. IF you can handle raw veggies, then go for it. Some body types do best with raw, some need to switch gradually and always limit.

Only eat beans and lentils if they have been soaked before cooking, or at least slow cooked, and are eaten with carminative spices and not with Sugar (baked beans have Sugar with them, that's why they're the magical fruit!).

***Try to eat more spinach, kale, beets, carrots. They have healing action on the entire digestive system.

You need more bitter and/or pungent, herbs and veggies to increase Agni (Digestive Fire). Options besides those already listed are:

1. Swedish Bitters before each meal.
2. Drink more spicey herbal tea, such as Yogi tea's India Spice, and Fennel.
3. Drink this homemade tonic before bed: 1 cup or so of milk simmered for 10 minutes with 1 stick of cinnamon, 3 cloves, 1/2 inch ginger root, 1-2 cardamon seeds. As long as the milk is cooked it shouldn't feed candida too much.

***Consider eating a mono-diet of nothing but Kichadi (basmati rice and mung bean stew) for one week. Ask for recipe if interested.

Consider a warm Water Fast for one day, or long enough for tongue to become clean. (several days great for Pitta, only 1 day for Vata types). Can drink veggie broth too.

Triphala, an Ayurvedic remedy, is good for all body types and aids constipation, is rejuvenative to the entire digestive system. It acts like a laxative but causes no dependency. It strengthens the colon and helps to clear away mucous. It has anti-fungal properties.

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