By Dr. Kimberly Castaneda
By Kimberly Kaye Castaneda, ND
The naturopathic approach to wellness is designed to help keep you well, rather than to cure you once you are ill. However, many people suffering serious chronic conditions who follow the naturopathic approach do obtain remarkable results in healing. Before following any program, ask your natural health practitioner for advice and be monitored throughout your regimen.
Realize that the recommendations here require lifestyle changes on your part one must make a strong commitment to their health in order to follow the recommendation here on a daily basis. The more you incorporate these recommendations into your daily life, the better you will tend to feel.
The exercise and attitude recommendations are not as difficult to incorporate into your life. If the dietary recommendations seem too overwhelming, start with the exercise and attitude portions of the protocol, and as you begin seeing positive benefits, gradually work your way into the diet. Adapting to any portion of this program encourages and supports wellness and wellbeing.
*Get outdoors, and enjoy some sunshine for at least a half-hour daily.
*Exercisewalking is greatat least a half-hour daily. Go gently at first, vigorously only if you are comfortable doing so and if your healthcare provider feels it is advisable.
*Purified water. Drink AT LEAST eight glasses daily. One should strive for one-half your body weight in ounces. Therefore, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should consume 75 ounces, which is just a little over a half gallon.
*Practice relaxation techniques several times a day. Listening to relaxation tapes is quite helpful. Practice simple meditations.
*Do deep-breathing exercises for a few moments throughout the day. That is, belly breathe gently, peacefully and fully, for a few minutes. It is extremely healing.
*Commune with God, your higher self, the higher power. Pray in whatever way you are comfortable. Appreciate life, look for love in all situations, and forgive all hurts present and past.
*Express frustration and anger, rather than holding them in, but do so constructively without hurting yourself or others in the process.
*Ask God (or your higher self or the Holy Spirit) why you are here.
*Seek your purpose and manifest it.
*Read uplifting and inspiring books.
*Laugh, laugh and laugh again.
*Watch inspiring and humorous movies… Movies about great human accomplishment. Avoid violence and depressing, negative news. The idea is to fill your mind and life with goodness until you see it and feel it and encourage it all around you.
This is a basic naturopathic cleansing diet. The diet is, without a doubt, a hard diet to follow in our fast-food culture. However, those who stick to it for six weeks usually report feeling much, much better. The more of these changes you integrate into your ongoing diet, the better off you will be.
Some people have a particularly hard time giving up meat. In that case, try to eat the healthier meatsfish first, fowl second, and avoid the others as much as possible.
Trim, cut down, cut out
*Meat. *Processed wheat and bleached flour. Use sprouted grain & multi-grain breads. *Dairy. *Sugars and sugar substitutes. Stevia is natural and therefore okay.*Processed foods. *Alcohol. *Fried foods. Use oils other than olive sparingly. *Caffeine. *Salt.
Foods to eat
*Vegetables.*Fruits.*Legumes.*Brown rice.*Freshly juiced or squeezed juices. Do NOT buy pasteurized juices. Some fruit juices are high in natural sugars and may not be safe if you are diabetic or borderline diabetic.
Regarding fruits and vegetables: Garden fresh is better than frozen. Frozen is better than canned.
Eat them as fresh and raw as possible. When they are exposed to cooking at temperatures of 107 degrees and greater, the live enzymes are destroyed, and their chemical composition changes. Cooked, dead foods are toxic to human beings and animals and cause much of the chronic illness and debilitating conditions that plague us. You must have live foods in order to survive a long healthy life. Live foods bring life, and dead foods bring death! Simple as that!!!
Lightly steamed, or stir-fried in a small amount of olive oil, is healthier than broiled, boiled, baked or deep-fried.
Do not mix fruits and vegetables at the same sitting. Doing so interferes with digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Why?
Most fruits are mostly acidic in nature, and most vegetables are mostly alkaline. It takes different stomach chemistries to break down acid foods and alkaline foods. Combining them creates energy-robbing inefficiency. Wait at least a half hour after eating fruits before eating vegetables and at least three hours after eating vegetables before eating fruit. Never eat fruit with anything else.
The same problem occurs when mixing high-protein foodssuch as flesh foodswith starches. You create an explosive and inefficient atmosphere in the stomach, which slows down the digestive process and greatly increases the amount of energy used for digestion. Thats why you have no energy after eating the typical Standard American Diet (S.A.D.).
An effective approach to a cleansing program involves eating nothing but fresh fruits and freshly juiced fruit juices until mid-afternoon. And then only fresh vegetables and vegetable juices. Again, diabetics must use caution.
Add a dash of olive oil and lemon or lime juice to some of your salads or veggies, and snack on a few raw nuts and seeds such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or almonds.
Expect weight loss as you stick with this program. Naturopaths teach that such weight loss is a healthy part of detoxification and is essential to restore the bodys equilibrium and efficiency.
Weight loss will level off generally when the body feels it is at its ideal weight.
Regarding caffeine: People hooked on coffee, soda or chocolate may experience severe headaches for several days when withdrawing. If this should be the case, it is better to withdraw gradually over a week to 10 days, cutting consumption a little each day.
And what about vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements? In my opinion, they are to be used only as needed, for brief periods and for specific purposes. You should NOT have to take anything EVER on a regular basis for the rest of your life. If that were the case, then you might as well just stay on your prescription medications that cover up all of your symptoms until the day you die, not really knowing or understanding why.
Eating healthy and naturally eliminates most disorders rather quickly and will eliminate the need for us to take supplements as well as prescription medicines. Although supplements are generally needed for extremely chronic illnesses in which there is little time to reverse the basic cause of the disease or in the cases in which one simply refuses to change their diet, if the latter is the case, then, in my opinion, complete healing cannot be obtained unless dietary changes are made. Supplements can often jump-start the healing process, but one should not depend on them for total healing and wellness.
Treating your body lovingly and respectfully by feeding it the fuel it needs, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually is where you begin your personal journey into DISCOVERING WELLNESS.
*Always consult your natural health care practitioner or medical doctor before self-medicating.
Kimberly Kaye Castaneda is a Naturopath who researches and teaches about the benefits of natural, non-invasive healing techniques and therapies. Her Washington, D.C. registration and ANMA and ABH board certification, along with her degree and certifications, states that she is qualified in the use of all natural forms of healing including: acupressure; aromatherapy; Bach flower remedies; chronic diseases; clinical microscopy; color therapy; emotional release therapy; Gua Sha treatments; herbology; homeopathy; hypnotherapy; live blood and dry layer cell analysis; massage; nutrition; raindrop therapy; reflexology; Reiki healing and vibrational or polarity healing. Kimberly Castaneda; N.D. has a private practice in Rockford located at 521 N. Longwood Street. To schedule a private consultation or for Reiki classes and attunements, call (815) 963-1585. Discovering Wellness.