This month begins with a bang. I decided to do a 3 day water fast. I saw a van lifer on YouTube doing a fast and decided to join him. I would have done a full 10 day if I had been paying attention but I know all things happen for a reason in perfect timing so, a three day was all I was meant to do. I am currently on day 3. I also realized that since I go to bed at 7pm most days and I don’t eat often, I probably have actually been fasting for 4 days already. Although, that could just be the desire to eat talking.
Anyhoo, this month is a month where we are getting ready for the holidays and I thought it would be a good time to focus on the importance of paying attention to our diet. Some people stress eat and the holidaI know that may sound a little strange considering that right now I am not even eating food, but if you think about it, it’s actually perfect timing. I am about to start eating food again after not eating anything but a tiny slice of kiwi for 3 days. The first foods to enter my body after that rest are vital to my body’s response to the stress I have been putting it under.
Yes, I said stress. You and I both know that a little bit of stress is not a bad thing because it allows us to push ourselves harder to achieve whatever we are striving for. So in this stressful time for the body, it is working hard to find energy and convert it so I can function. Now, consider this: your job has been working extremely hard on a project and you guys just finished it. It turned out well and everyone is happy. How will you celebrate? Will you run around and give everyone negative comments or high fives and good jobs? Well that’s kinda like how the fast ending is. Feed yourself great foods and it will be happy and celebrate, feed yourself trash and expect to feel like trash.
Many people still celebrate Thanksgiving with traditional foods like roasts, turkeys, fish, and even lentils. The challenge comes in preparing these meals with the healthiest ingredients and methods. These big meals are time consuming and expensive if you don’t prep and plan early so you can catch sales on specialty ingredients. Plus all this talk in the news of delays with shipping can add to stress, so my first healthy eating tip is to start to plan your meals now. This first week of November, if you haven’t already. Look up the recipes and see how many you can cross connect. Save yourself from purchasing everything the store carries because you think this or that ingredient is needed. The sooner you know what you want, you have time to prepare and you have the ability to be flexible if needed.
A sweet hack, seemingly, is to use prepared foods. When I say prepared, I don’t mean the meal from the local restaurant or grocery, I mean canned. My friends, I have to say this and I know I will sound like a hippie but, do everything you can to avoid canned goods. The sodium levels, the metal exposure it’s just not the best you can offer yourself and your loved ones. I realize time is an issue with fresh yams vs the canned ones, but the fresh ones will be tastier and healthier. So, my second tip for a healthy holiday season is to use fresh as much as possible. Fresh ingredients can go a lot longer than you’d expect once you get the hang of using them regularly. For one, you’ll have more on hand. You might learn to grow a couple in your own home to save money and you might discover the beauty of shopping local with farmers markets and co-ops. I understand that it isn’t always possible, but when possible, do.
The tips I am sharing are to help you have a wonderful holiday season where you feel good inside and out. Eating as close to organic, gmo free foods really is a life hack for happiness and health. It just boils down to less toxins in, less reaction from the body. One last holiday tip I have for you to help manage stress, detox naturally and boost happy feels is walking. 15 minutes minimum, a day. I think that should translate to at least 1 mile for most able bodied people. I also think if you were not already participating in a regular exercise program, beginning to walk at least 15 minutes a day, right now, as the weather is changing, the holidays are approaching and stress levels are elevating, you could consider walking to be, the best way to begin to build a habit. For myself, starting a healthy habit in the middle of, or prior to, a high stress situation is key to mastering the ability to keep it up during other high stress events where this habit could be the difference between falling apart or managing with excellence. That may not work for you tho. Each of us is different and what I want to offer you is an opportunity to try something different that might help you if you are not where you want to be right now.
I continue to follow my morning protocol and tomorrow I will break my fast with a Purium Power Shake and Amino Acid Pattern. I will have a second for lunch and for dinner I will have another one. Each day I will gently add fruit, fresh kale and fruit in smoothies and salads. It will take me 3 days before I chew solid food again because I want to give my body time to readjust to eating again. (I plan to share a fasting starters guide in the community so join now and be the first to receive all the goodies I have planned!
If you are struggling with managing your food cravings, want to do a complete detox, or just want to discuss your goals and challenges, please don’t sit here reading this and not taking action. Message me. I have been there and I want to help. I have products that have been proven to help. Let’s see what I have for you.
D Goosby of JD's Organic Productions, I am a wife and a mom to 8 beautiful kids including 2 sets of twins. At one point, I weighed close to 300 lbs and then lost half of it just to put most of it back on. Eventually I got tired of the yo-yo. I learned some hidden truths about our food system and decided to get educated to make lasting changes. I am a certified personal trainer, and currently studying to become a nutrition and behavior modification coach as well as a peristeam practitioner. I realize that I am not alone in wanting to make healthy lifestyle changes but many of us are lacking the knowledge to make anything permanent.
That is where I can help. I help busy moms like myself, get back to where they feel good again, they look the way they want to look and they get to be a healthy role model for their families and friends.