We eat when we are hungry, but not only. Perhaps you are familiar with situations that lead you to eat because you were anxious, or sad, or happy to celebrate or yet, you had the best intention to have only a bite and ended up overindulging … again.
If that sounds familiar to you, I can almost guess that you also know the frustration of trying way too many diets, enrolling and cancelling quite a few gym memberships, and feel stuck in a lifestyle that you so desperately want to change but either don’t know how, or you are longing for enough motivation or the right time to just do it. I hear you. I believe I’ve been through all these cycles myself, it’s not just willpower, it’s not just about food, and honestly:
willpower and motivation are overrated!
Today I had a chat with my dear friend Tatiana Azevedo, who is a psychologist with over 18 years experience in the field, and a journey through these issues herself. Tatiana talks about the fact
we cannot change what is not known,
and shares tools and insights that anyone can put in practice right now, anywhere.
It’s that time of the year again, where many of us are more susceptible to colds & flu, specially the little ones. Homeopathy is a gentle and effective way to strength your immunity and approach these illnesses naturally, which can also be combined to other natural botanicals to keep you and your family healthy through the season.
As homeopathy is a very individualized therapy, remedies change accordingly to your peculiar symptoms, each case is different, thus not everyone with a cold need exactly the same remedy. During this workshop, you will learn how to identify and use each specific homeopathic remedy from initial to late symptoms, as a first aid and natural approach to colds & flu.
Good news for coffee lovers! A recent review was published associating coffee consumption and reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, likely due to the thermogenic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of coffee.
Did you also know that Coffea Cruda, a homeopathic remedy made from coffee, can help in cases of insomnia?
But before you go crazy about about a cuppa, note that in any case or study, circumstances should be looked individually. Let’s remember that depending on your genetics, you will metabolize caffeine differently, and some healthy conditions such as adrenal fatigue might aggravate with caffeine, each case is singular.
Accordingly to WHO (World Health Organization), Homeopathy is the second most used form of complementary therapy after allopathy (conventional medicine) in the world.
While allopathy focus more on symptoms, Homeopathy strengthens the body vital force, stimulating your body natural ability to heal from inside out. It takes in considerations all aspects of your well-being, physically and emotionally, in a integrative manner. The job of the homeopath is to understand you as a whole, beyond your symptoms, reaching the root cause of unbalance.
Allopathy and Homeopathy are complementary to each other. Sometimes I see people so inspired about the results of homeopathy, that they decide to ditch all conventional medicine. As a professional in the area I truly believe there is a place and situation for each of them, combined or not, and both can save lives.
“A recent randomized placebo-controlled trial assessed the efficacy of individualized homeopathic treatment, and the efficacy of Fluoxetine (a.k.a Prozac), for moderate to severe depression in menopausal women.
Both treatments were found to be safe and to have an effect significantly different from placebo. Homeopathy caused greater clinical improvement in symptoms of depression than fluoxetine and also improved the patients’ menopausal symptoms, whereas fluoxetine did not.
This study, carried out in a public research hospital in Mexico City, involved 133 women. In addition to comparing homeopathy to placebo, they also compared fluoxetine (a.k.a. Prozac) to placebo.
In this Mexican study, after a 6-week course of treatment, homeopathy was more effective than placebo by 5 points in the Hamilton Scale; Fluoxetine was more effective than placebo by 3.2 points.
N.B. Analysis of data previously submitted the FDA has found that SSRI antidepressants perform no better than placebo for mild to moderate depression, but they do have a greater effect than placebo in severely depressed patients.”
Let’s say that despite all good intentions of eating & drinking sensibly during the party didn’t go exactly how you predicted, or perhaps you didn’t have intentions at all to behave that way to begin with, and in fact you indulged with your full heart – and tummy! Either way we all know that feeling after awhile or next morning when our body cries – “please take it easy!” Well, homeopathy is on the way to help!
The two remedies I consider most useful for these situations are Nux Vomica and Pulsatila. Nux Vomica is a classic hangover remedy, in addition has affinity to digestive symptoms. Pulsatilla follows well after greasy food, here is how identify:
Nux Vomica: is one of the major remedies for hangover and indigestion. It covers symptoms such headaches, aversion to light and noise, and digestive issues after overeating or overindulging spicy foods, alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. Nux vomica is often indicated when you have the feeling that if you could only vomit you would be so much better.
Pulsatilla: For the digestive issues occurring after too much rich food, cakes, pastry and fatty meat (especially pork), Pulsatillais indicated. Unlike Nux Vomica that feels full and bloated, wishing that could vomit, Pusatilla feels an “all-gone” sensation on the stomach, and prone to have loose yellow-greenish stools after overeating.
When we talk about taking easy on the day after, we think of slowing down on alcohol and maybe eating something lighter, but because of the unpleasant symptoms of hangover and indigestion, we often take conventional medication such as pain killers for headaches, forgetting that these remedies and mild but not harmless to our health. For example, most of pain killers aggravate digestive issues as a side effect, and might interfere with your gut microbiome balance, demanding more from our body to recover at the end. As an alternative, Homeopathy is a gentle and natural approach to these issues, supporting your body own ability to recover and heal.
Get ready for the party and have these couple of homeopathic remedies before hand just in case you might need. Remember when taking homeopathic remedies: avoid handling; drop pill on the lid of the bottle and then tip into the mouth; let it melt, do not swallow; do not take with food and drinks; avoid menthol and camphor scents and keep it away from electromagnetic waves.
Besides homeopathy, what should we eat on the day after? Coming next some ideas for a one-day after party mini detox.