December 29, 2015 by drkristylewis
Patient Q: I overindulged over the holidays and want to get back on track. What is the best diet for me to start?
Dr. Lewis A: The quick answer is none, simply put diets do not work! A mindful, balanced, whole food approach offers the most sustainable and effective nutritional strategy for ideal health. Most of us (myself included) tend to consume more sugar and salt over the holidays and even a small amount of these substances can derail our system setting us up for increased cravings of these foods long after the holidays are over. Therefore step one to reestablishing our healthy habits is to balance blood sugars. This is accomplished by increasing fibre in the diet, eating frequent meals with protein and fat throughout the day as well as increasing hydration. A typical “re-set” food day would include:
On rising: 500 ml of room temp water
Within 1 hour of rising: Green Smoothie containing 1 cup of almond milk or coconut water, 1/2 banana, 1 small pear, 2-3 cups of kale, spinach and parsley, 1 tbsp of coconut oil and 2 tbsp of hemp hearts
Snack (2-3 hours later): 1 hard boiled egg and 100% rye crackers with 1 tbsp almond butter
Lunch (2-3 hours later): Quinoa bowl containing 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, abundance of veggies like cucumber, carrots, beets, 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas, 1/4 avocado topped with lemon and olive oil
Snack (2-3 hours later): 1 piece fruit and 10 almonds
Dinner: 30z Salmon, 1/2 cup cooked brown rice and abundance of steamed broccoli
Throughout the day sip of green and herbal teas and at least 2L of water
I typically do not make health guarantees but in this case I am 100% confident that with 2-3 days of following these recommendations, you will be free of your sugar and salt cravings!