With all that is going on in the world, many are more stressed and anxious than ever. The more prolonged stress and anxiety we have, oftentimes the more weight we gain.
That's why we're focusing on how we can heal from within, allowing us to enjoy life in a calm, peaceful, and grounded state.
No matter what is going on around you, I promise it’s possible.
Today, we are bringing you 3 therapeutic foods to advance your progress towards a calm, balanced state of being.
We want you to approach each of these foods like a sunset. Sunsets don’t happen all at once; they happen gradually and gracefully.
Add these 3 therapeutic foods one at a time at a pace that works for you. These should be added as your daily dose of grounding foods along with the 5 foods we introduced in last week's blog.
Consider this snack “Nature's Xanax”, if you will. Friends and family alike have texted me those exact words when they were anxious or feeling super stressed, and they ate this snack the way I told them to. They said, “I can't believe it. I feel like I took a Xanax.” That's because it's the perfect snack to shut off the sympathetic nervous system response, stop the overproduction of cortisol, and feed the thyroid instantly without the thyroid having to do any work to be able to make energy from it.
This snack provides a perfect amino acid profile that your brain needs to replenish those inhibitory neurotransmitters, namely GABA, glycine, and serotonin that make you feel calm and relaxed without being tired. When you're stressed for an extended period of time or you've been through any kind of trauma, these neurotransmitters get quite depleted.
Make sure to have this snack once daily! All you have to do is consume an eight-ounce mug of broth with one tablespoon of collagen, a teaspoon of coconut oil, or ghee. I prefer you use ghee for a greater healing effect. You just add a touch of pink salt and have a piece of fruit. If you’re really stressed, that fruit should be skinless, steamed apple or pear with some Ceylon cinnamon sprinkled on top because it will be predigested for you.
You can have this as your mid-morning snack, your mid-afternoon snack, or before bed.
An alternative to this is to add an egg to the broth in place of collagen.
Medicinal Broth Recipe:
Combine all in a pot and heat until the collagen is dissolved and ghee/oil is fully melted.
Have with 1⁄2 cup cooked apples or pears without the skin or you can substitute 1⁄2 of a papaya, 1⁄2 cup pineapple, or 1⁄2 cup mango.
This is to be eaten right before lunch. We want to use this salad to get your gut microbiome shifting in the right direction.
Our Carrot Balancer contains antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties, which act as a natural antiseptic and antibiotic agent in the bowel without disturbing your good intestinal flora.
It's got coconut oil and vinegar and they act as mild germicides and they intensify the bowel cleansing effect of the salad while also reducing the immunological burden on the body.
This very simple salad is also designed to pull excess estrogen out of your body. High estrogen levels can cause a range of health issues including weight gain, migraines, bloating, anxiety, stress, depression, and fatigue.
Carrot Balancer Recipe:
Ingredients & Directions:
Have a cup of Tulsi Tea, also known as Holy Basil upon waking and again mid-morning so that you can best access its adaptogenic properties to support healthy blood sugar levels, reduce stress and anxiety, and to help your body cope with the stress you're experiencing better so the rest of your day goes better. Tulsi Tea (or Holy Basil) is clinically proven to do these things.
Alternatively, if two cups of tea sound like a bit much, you can use two teabags at the same time once a day and just have a strong cup of it if that sounds a little bit more realistic for you.
Holy Basil is also clinically proven to boost the brain chemicals, dopamine, and serotonin, and many of you are having trouble with focus and feeling this just kind of low-level depression that sits there. Tulsi Tea is proven to help with both of these things because dopamine is the feel-good excitatory neurotransmitter that helps you feel focused, driven, alive and joyful. While serotonin makes you feel loved and relaxed and calm and at peace.
It also really helps with hot flashes if you have them.
Outside of being the single best adaptogen for blood sugar regulation, Holy Basil is rich in nutrients you need when you are stressed and feeling anxious. It’s packed full of calcium, iron, and phosphorus. It also helps reduce an excess bacteria load on the body as well as oxidative stress.
We recommend Organic India Tulsi Tea.
There is a caveat if you're pregnant or nursing, we don't want you to drink Holy Basil tea because the studies aren't there to prove it's safe. We would rather you substitute with chamomile or lavender tea.
If you start to integrate these 3 therapeutic foods on top of the 5 grounding foods we introduced last week, you will start to feel the positive effects on your physical and mental health sooner than you think!
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