By Donna Gates, as seen on:
People often ask me what a healthy day of eating looks like.
When we wake up in the morning our bodies are dehydrated, contracted, and naturally acidic. We also need energy to start our day. A typical breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast or cereal is acidic and a food-combining nightmare.
It is best to drink liquids that hydrate us while giving us energy, relax us a little and also help us become more alkaline. Our bodies are still waking up and need time to get into full gear, so nutritionally-dense, easy-to-digest, liquid-y foods and drinks are a must.
First, drink several glasses of water. Nothing hydrates like water, and water with minerals added to help alkalize is best.
Then, drink a “probiotic juice” that acts as an adrenal tonic and also provides the “sweet taste” you need when you are too contracted. Add a sour juice like cranberry or pomegranate to a probiotic liquid with stevia to sweeten.
I like to whip up a nutritious anti-aging “Green Morning Smoothie” with water, 2 stalks of celery, 2 leaves of romaine lettuce, a small zucchini, a small cucumber, some soaked chia seeds, a handful of mint, some flax oil and a few drops of stevia. It’s an amazing, yet alkalizing, high fiber drink too.
This extremely nourishing start to your day is a perfect example of practicing calorie restriction with optimal nutrition. These are all good options that hydrate, give you energy to start your day, are filling and are all properly combined.
The best time of the day to eat heavier proteins or animal proteins, is between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Your liver is ready to process proteins at this time and you are more active and need the extra concentrated energy.
Many of us would benefit from eating two smaller protein meals one at 11:00 a.m. and one at 1:00 p.m.
If you need a mid-afternoon boost of energy to get you through that period when you feel a bit sleepy or unfocused, make another green smoothie. Satisfying those afternoon cravings with something healthy will give you more motivation to prepare an evening meal that is balanced and unrushed.
Your last meal of the day should be vegetarian. Your digestive tract starts to slow down around sunset, so difficult-to-digest, complex meals are not wise. Eat early and eat a light vegetarian meal. You’ve had a busy day, and it won’t be long before you will want to prepare for a great rejuvenating night of deep sleep. You’ll sleep better and awaken refreshed if your last meal is 80% vegetables (from the land and ocean), cultured vegetables and a gluten-free, grain-like seed such as quinoa, millet, buckwheat or amaranth.
Eating like this every day will help prevent illness, increase energy, balance the hormones and turn back the clock on aging!
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