By Lauren Cox, Closer To Your Food

 

If the 7 Deadly Sins played too big of a role in your life in 2017, there’s no better time than now to work through your sins, heal, and move forward for an amazing New Year.

 

Gluttony-

Opposite is Temperance

Did you indulge a little too much in the food and beverage department? Well there’s no time like the present to commit to a healthier lifestyle AND a detox that will help you shed a few pounds by getting your gut back in order so you can start your New Year off on a better foot. Cleanses that focus on the liver and GI tract are going to be your new best friend. These will typically include-

 

  • clean diet such as the Whole 30
  • drinking at least half your bodyweight in ounces of purified water daily
  • fiber supplement to help your GI eliminate waste and tone its muscle structure
  • liver support such as milk thistle to give your liver a boost.

 

A good GI and liver detox with a limited calorie diet will help your palate reset so you don’t overeat in the future and become more sensitive to the foods that got you in trouble in the first place as your liver and digestive systems will be working more efficiently.  

 

If you are prone to overeating and drinking, have your physician take a basic blood panel, because you are likely deficient in some nutrients, you may have hormonal imbalances, or your blood glucose levels may be out of sorts.

 

Lust-

Opposite is Chastity

If you were a little too lusty last year, consider having your hormones checked. Typically people deal with a low libido, but hormonal imbalances can work either way. You want to focus on a diet that supports your Thyroid, Adrenals, and provides healthy fats.

 

Greed-

Opposite is Charity

Greed can manifest in many forms, but for the sake of your health, you may want to consider an “emotional” detox. Greed to some extent is a natural human behavior, but it can become out of control when we are emotionally unbalanced. We tend to become greedy when we can’t let go of things. This can be seen in accumulating too much and wanting more than everybody else. An emotional detox could include anything from a retreat, a personal development education class, and working with a therapist. Whatever it is that works for you, get serious about doing the personal work. It will not be easy, but finding a way to let go of the things that weigh heavy on you really can set you free, making an amazing impact on your physical health as a bonus.

 

Pride-

Opposite is Humility

Usually when we are acting too proud, we are compensating for an insecurity. Insecurities scare us so we lock them away and pretend everything is alright. Physically this takes a toll on us and manifests as fear and anxiety. When you add a toxic physical environment and a poor diet, the fear and anxiety burdens can become almost too much for some people to handle. Diet wise, try to stay away from stimulants like caffeine, alcohol and foods that wreak havoc on your immune system like deep-fried foods and refined sugars. Be sure you are eating really clean, again the Whole 30 diet works really great here. Incorporating Magnesium in a supplement or dietary form like black beans and non GMO tofu can help keep you calm. Most people are deficient in Magnesium anyways so giving it a try might be helpful.

 

Envy-

Opposite is Kindness

People compare themselves to others constantly, it’s in our nature. It can be tough to not make a habit of it and make yourself feel inadequate compared to others. Perspective is key here, have you ever heard the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”? Mindfulness training can help your brain on a behavioral level break the pattern of comparison, jealousy and ultimately the feelings associated with it.

 

Wrath-

Opposite is Forgiveness

We all get angry, but if you possess a chronic anger you begin to suffer emotionally and consequently, physically. When you are angry too often, it is likely that your sympathetic (fight or flight) system is on overdrive, so you want to go to work on your parasympathetic or rest and digest system. Avoid processed foods, alcohol and sugars. You might just need to confront your anger and get it out of your system. Try a physically invigorating activity like kickboxing, dance, or martial arts to help serve as a release for these negative emotions.

 

 

Sloth-

Opposite is Diligence

Low energy is a common issue in America because people become emotionally and physically drained from poor diets, lifestyle and chronic stress. People tend to look for uppers to combat this including drugs, energy drinks, coffee or sugar. While these are a band-aide, they do not address the underlying problem. Work with your physician on a supplement protocol that will help support your adrenals, manage Cortisol levels, and help your mitochondrial energy production.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.