Growing up, I’ve always loved all kinds of food. As a young girl, I spent most of my time cooking and baking with my mother in the kitchen. Creating and experimenting new recipes is something I love and enjoy. However, as the years went by, I started to gain weight. I wasn’t obese, and I wasn’t overweight either, or just a bit. I was just unhealthy. When I moved out for college, it got worse. When I started to go into the real world and worked for a corporate company, I was at my last straw.
To make a long story short, I became quite ill and got hospitalized many times. Who would have thought a young, 20-something-year-old individual, would suffer from high blood pressure? On top of that, my asthma just kept getting worse. My doctor told me that I needed to take medications to improve my health immediately.
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No to Medicines
My intuition told me to turn down the medication. Some may say that it was a risky and dangerous move. But it was a gut feeling that I had and I was too broke to maintain such medicines anyway. I made a decision to heal myself with a natural journey. I turned to alternative medications and started practicing yoga. After a couple of months naturally medicating myself through proper diet and the use of supplements, I eventually rebalanced my thyroid. My liver was getting better and my asthma finally gave me a relief. What I basically did was I emptied my kitchen and replaced everything with healthier food. Here are the normal staples in my kitchen that can also promote healing:
Green vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals. I especially love broccoli and kale. Bitter greens like spinach, arugula, and mustard greens are good choices to keep in stock. You can easily whip up a fresh salad any time.
I have a very sweet tooth, and it says a lot about my baking. Since I try to stay healthy, I’ve eliminated anything that has sugar in my kitchen. Instead of stocking up on chocolates, I eat peaches and pineapples for dessert. I also stopped baking cookies unless I have to if I have guests.
Stabilizing my blood sugar was tricky, so I had to be smart with proteins. Most proteins contain a lot of saturated fat, so I choose lean meats like turkey, chicken, and wild salmon. I also eat organic hemp products, low processed soy, quinoa, chia seeds and organic eggs.
When I travelled to India a few years back, I learned that there is healing power in their spices. I stocked up on cinnamon, cardamom, saffron, paprika and a lot of chili powder. I try to put these spices on my meals daily. When I fail to do it, I usually drink Ginger tea before going to bed. I also religiously take a natural turmeric supplement for my chronic pain.
Like I said, I always had a sweet tooth, and instead of refined sugar, I use honey as a sweetener. When I’m out of organic honey, I usually use coconut nectar or stevia. I stay away from food that contain artificial sweeteners like Equal, aspartame, and Nutra-sweets. They were one of the culprits on why I got really sick.
Apple Cider Vinegar
I always buy apple cider vinegar with my mother. It is packed in probiotics that can help with digestion. It also supports lower down blood sugar and curb the appetite. I also use this for creating salad dressings to make my meals more flavorful.
I stock up on a lot of lemons. This fruit is very versatile! I mix it with my water, I make lemonade out of it, and I also use it with honey as a cough and cold remedy. They are also a great ingredient to add some citrus zing in your soups. These are still the staples in my kitchen. Stock up on healthy food and you’ll find yourself healing from all the junk you’ve been eating for the past years. You can start by simply adding spices on your meals. You’ll immediately notice the benefits on your digestion.
Afterward, you can work your way up to incorporating fruits and vegetables. Take these tips one step at a time so that you don’t get easily overwhelmed.