Shirley Plant is a Nutritionist, Dietary Consultant and Author of "Finally... Food I Can Eat - a dietary guide and cookbook for people with food allergies. As someone who has dealt with food allergies and sensitivities most of her life as well as chronic fatigue syndrome she knows only too well how difficult it can be to plan healthy nutritious meals. Her passion is helping people to know what foods fuel their body and which ones deplete it.
If you have a dull ache all over the body, unexplained fatigue, persistent headache, and IBS, it is time to see a rheumatologist. You could have fibromyalgia if 11 of 18 tender points across the body are hurting. Reduce acidity in your body with an alkaline diet of green veggies, avocado, and water. Avoid sugar, meditate, walk, or swim. Hypnosis could unearth if an underlying trauma is the reason.
Avoiding foods containing gluten for a month or a genetic test can tell you if you are really gluten sensitive. A conscious effort is required to go completely gluten-free. Gluten comes in various forms and is hidden in various foods (malt, soy sauce, millet, oats, corn) so read food labels very carefully. Avoid gluten-free foods that are pre-packaged. Make meals from scratch and eat whole, natural foods.
Eat whole unprocessed foods, lots of leafy greens (75% of your meals), healthy fats like avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, and fibre-rich foods like raw nuts and seeds. Consume fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kefir, and kimchi. Avoid sugar, include walking, yoga and pilates in your daily routine, sleep min of 8 hrs, eat at least 4 hrs before bedtime and drink filtered water.
Sitting for long hours heightens risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It also weakens your core muscles and causes deformities in the spine alignment and primal body posture. Take frequent short breaks in between work to stretch your muscles, indulge in core strengthening exercises and take the stairs to reverse effects of sedentary lifestyle.
Chop 1 lettuce, 1/2 bunch kale and 3 green onions and mix in a bowl. Blend 1 avocado, 1 clove of garlic, 1 cup raw cashews, 2 tbs parsley, 2 tbs dill, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 tsp sea salt, 1/2 cucumber, 3 tbs olive oil and 6 tbs water until desired thickness. Mix this with the chopped greens and enjoy. This salad reduces body inflammation and related pain.
Pour 8 cups of filtered water in a large pot. Peel 2 inches fresh ginger and slice into 6 pieces. Add ginger to water and boil for 6 min or until the water starts to get some color. Turn off heat and let it steep. Pour into glass jars and refrigerate. Add sliced lemon or a sprig of mint and enjoy on a hot day. Honey can be added for taste.