In Part 1 of this East-West detox series, we explained why combining primal principles and Chinese Medicine is so powerful for dealing with Day After Pizza situations (or other post-indulgence disasters).
Then, in Parts 2 and 3, we outlined our basic prescription for balanced cleansing.
Today we move from prescription to practice, offering you a Recovery Day meal plan.
This is just an example, and the specifics can vary widely depending on individual preferences and needs.
But a daily dose of East-West balanced cleansing might go this way:
- Eggs fried or scrambled in coconut oil (starting the day with a simple, nutrient-rich food cooked in healthy, metabolism-boosting fat)
- Sautéed spinach (cleansing but cooked, making it easier on the digestion—especially important for a system weakened by over-indulgence)
- Sliced tomatoes and avocado (a little raw is okay, and avocado ups the satiety factor, making mid-morning munchies less likely)
- Mug of coffee or tea with a spoonful of coconut oil or coconut milk (full-fat, no sugar)
- Apple-fennel-ginger soup garnished with cilantro or parsley (think of this as a cooked green drink—you’ve got your cleansing covered…in a way that won’t further weaken digestion and metabolism)
- Salmon cooked in coconut oil or smoked salmon without added sugar (countering post-indulgence inflammation and energy crashes with a helping of healthy protein and omega-3s)
- Sparkling water or hot tea with fresh-squeezed lemon or lime
Slow-cooker bone broth made from…
- Bone-in chicken or beef (nourishing a weakened system and bolstering the warming, transforming qualities so important to metabolism)
- Carrots or yams (orange-yellow veggies nourish the digestive organs)
- Celery (for a dash of cleansing and cooling)
- Onions, garlic, ginger and cumin (together providing digestion-facilitating, stagnation-fighting, immune-boosting actions)
- Sparkling water with fresh-squeezed lemon or lime
If you must have one today, consider…
- Half-handful of organic berries with a spoonful of full-fat coconut milk or coconut butter
- Two small squares of organic 85-95% dark chocolate (backing away from paleo baked goods…and rediscovering the simple goodness of more modest post-dinner treats)
- Cup of mint or ginger tea
Snacks (with a caveat)
Try to stay away from snacking today, as you regulate your body and give your digestive system a rest. But if snacks are a “must,” consider…
- Half-handful of berries
- Hardboiled egg
- Spoonful of full-fat coconut milk
There you have it. Your daily dose of balanced cleansing and post-indulgence recovery, East-West style.
And, of course, balanced cleansing is just one example of East-Meets-West eating.
Artfully integrating paleo-primal principles and Chinese Medicine food therapy can address other complaints and imbalances too….or keep a healthy body functioning optimally amid shifting circumstances and needs.
Moving from core places of alignment and overlap, the paleo-primal movement brings evolving understandings of how foods affect our bodies and minds. It also addresses the “SAD” (Standard American Diet) state of modern eating head on.
Meanwhile, Chinese Medicine brings precise knowledge of how different foods affect different individuals in different circumstances. Together, “old” and “new” offer a powerful, synergistic approach to eating and wellness.