you’ve doubled your fiber with GS? double it again with LENTILS!

Some foods are highly hypoallergenic.   In other words, just about no one is allergic to them.   And this is a big deal nowadays where intolerances for wheat and milk proteins are going through the roof.   (That’s gluten and lactose intolerances.)   Highly hypoallergenic foods include avocadoes, lentils, brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, figs, and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, etc.).

 

Lentils have 16 grams of fiber in one cup–wow, right?   That’s six times more than a “serving” of Metamucil, and  slightly more than a quart of green smoothie.   And lentils have tons of iron, folic acid, and protein, too.

 

They’re so cheap, you can’t possibly complain that “whole foods are too expensive!”   All you have to do is rinse them well, then cover 1 part lentils to 2 parts water.   Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 45 minutes.

 

Today’s dinner:

 

I cooked  1.5 dry cups of lentils in  3 cups water.   Then I added two chopped oranges, two chopped red bell peppers, two chopped tomatoes, and some Johnny’s Garlic Spread and Seasoning (from Costco).   Super-easy dinner and yummy.   Even my picky 7-year old liked it.   Didn’t even make a salad–just had a sliced cucumber with it.

natural laxatives . . . part 4 of 9 on ELIMINATION

It’s important that we keep the colon and lower intestine clean and powerfully peristaltic.   The answer isn’t to gag down some chemically reduced Metamucil stirred into water, while eating the Atkins Diet, like my friend Michelle does.   When I occasionally go out on a limb and express concern about her long-term Atkins lifestyle, I mention the importance of plant fiber, and she says, “Oh, I’m covered.   I drink Metamucil like crazy.”

Jensen says 95% of the millions of dollars spent annually on laxatives are only stimulating the bowel by irritating and harming it.   If you want to use a very effective natural laxative that will stimulate without causing diarrhea or irritate the colon, have the herb Cascara Sagrada on hand.

Laxatives do one or more of three things:

  1. increase the amount of liquid retained in the feces,
  2. act as a lubricant, or
  3. irritate, poison, and/or chemically stimulate muscle walls to cause abnormal contractions.

If you have diarrhea, it’s for one or more of these four reasons:

  1. excessive use of laxatives,
  2. stress,
  3. infection in the GI tract/colon, or
  4. toxins in the bowel.

These chemicals are absorbed through lymph and blood vessels and end up in various parts of the body.   They damage the normal ability of the bowel to eliminate on its own, tiring out muscles by keeping them constantly stimulated.

The way to heal the bowel is through diet that promotes excellent nerve and muscle tone, with clean, pink, highly peristaltic tissues. And what’s that diet? Lots of clean water, and lots of bulky greens, vegetables, and fruits, legumes and whole grains, nuts and seeds. The GreenSmoothieGirl diet prevents ulcerations, diverticulitis, spastic bowel, IBS, strictures, adhesions, and colitis, and gas/flatulence that are affecting increasing numbers of people in the Western world.

Additionally, you can do a very simple thing do get off laxatives and become more regular.   Wake up your digestive system every morning as you wake up, before you get out of bed.   Massage your ascending, transverse, and descending colon with your hands or a tennis ball.   Massage deeply starting in the lower  right of your pelvis, work straight upwards, then massage  right to left across your belly button, and straight down on the left [corrected from my original post].   Then get up and start your day with two glasses of water.   These are very effective natural laxatives.   And of course, most people know that prunes are  good natural laxatives, too.