Cleansing and diets

I have avoided any dietary restrictions since my accident to allow my brain to enjoy all the nutrients it has needed, but almost 18 months in I felt my stomach was sluggish & all the carbohydrates & meat were slowing me down.  I devised a plan to cleanse for 3 days mid-week for 2 weeks running & ate what I wanted the other 4 days.   Here are some things I did during my 3 day cleanse:

Breakfast

  • 1 tsp x Spirulina
  • 1 tsp x wheatgrass
  • magnesium – calcium supplement
  • vitamin D supplement
  • vitamin E supplement
  • vitamin B complex supplement
  • 1 tsp x aloe juice
  • Fruit smoothie – pick something you enjoy, but I like blueberries & bananas

Lunch

Vegetable salad containing:

  • avocado
  • pepper
  • lettuce
  • celery
  • spinach leaves
  • spring onion
  • mixed seeds – pumpkin & sunflower
  • olive oil & lemon juice

Chop it all up, mix it together & enjoy!

Dinner

‘Green’ soup:

  • 1 x onion, chopped
  • 2 x courgettes
  • 200 g x spinach (frozen)
  • 1 x broccoli head, chopped
  • 100 g x cavalo nero/ kale/ cabbage
  • 1/2 litre vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp x za’tar spice mix
  • 1 x head broccoli, chopped
  • salt & pepper to season

Cook all through together in a pan for 15-20 minutes, then blend until smooth.

Snacks:

Mixed nuts & dried fruits:

  • Almonds, walnuts, redskin peanuts, currants, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds

Energy Balls:

  • walnut, dates & cacoa
  • fig & cashews
  • apricots & coconut

Vegetable sticks:

  • celery, carrots, peppers, broccoli

Exercise

Your brain-fatigue can make this hard, so gentle exercise is preferable.

  • Take 20-30 minute gentle paced walks, daily if possible
  • 10-15 minutes of tai chi or qi gong daily
  • 30 minutes of pilates and restorative yoga over the week

 

Rest

  • It is vital to take lots of rest breaks.
  • I found up to 5 minute mindfulness/meditation breaks every 30-60 minutes helped me.
  • I also took 15-30 minutes yoga nidra breaks (recordings on my phone) in the mid-afternoon would give me a deeper reset than the meditation breaks.
  • Make sure you can get some good ‘bed hours’. Even if you’re struggling with the insomnia relax in your bed for 6-8 hours if possible – try to think of happy thoughts and nice things you enjoy so it is restful.

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