In the past few years I have learned an abundance about health, food and nutrition. How the body works, how food interacts with our different systems, and which nutrients are needed for them to work their best.
It's amazing. I love it and it's definitely my passion.
Being a very ‘black and white’ perfectionist type person, at first it was as if there was only one right way to eat. I knew certain things would vary but for the most part there were these set rules that I felt I had to follow. (For me a lot of this had to do with the amount of carbs in my diet)
Over time I have learned that is not the case at all. Some people can handle more carbs, some people digest properly prepared grains, some people don't. Some people need more meat, others more fat. Some people do well with more fruit, others starch.
The diet that works for each of us will be different, just like our ethnic backgrounds and histories.
To add on to that, because our digestive systems and our blood sugar organs are often tired and injured even healthy foods can become harmful. To heal, sometimes we have to follow a fairly strict special diet for a bit, then add foods back in slowly.
There are so many diets being thrown around paleo, vegetarian, aip, scd, fodmaps, low carb, raw, keto, gluten free, primal…the list can go on.
Here is what is important to realize: no one of these diets will work for every human being out there. Several of them are specifically for healing. YOU have to figure out what works for you.
I know, that makes things more complicated.
Here's the deal though: For thousands of years society got along eating and thriving without industry or media telling them what to eat and what not to eat.
Stop allowing everyone else to control your life.
Stop and think what makes sense for a healthy life to you. Does something that has been created in a lab, with dozens of additives, sprayed with pesticides, or modified from it’s natural state seem like a good thing to ingest? Probably not.
Take a minute and think. Think for yourself. Don’t rely on what the label says, don’t rely on what that fitness magazine told you, or what the governments latest food diagram shows. Look at the ingredients, picture how the food was made, where it came from. Remember what you eat actually becomes part of you and who you are.
You may know the flavor is good because you have had it, but for a minute take that out of the picture. Just imagine the life of the food you are about to eat. Does it seem natural, nourishing, or good?
Very often times, no.
There are many diets, and endless food inventions. Many suggestions, rules, recipes, products and people selling you things promising ease, healing and results.
Here are the actual rules. The rules that no matter what diet you follow will be true. The guidelines and skeleton for which you can build your optimal diet.
Eat real food
Emphasize foods that came straight from the earth or an animal. Fresh, clean, unrefined, natural food.
Try to get them with the least amount of modification or chemicals as possible.
Avoid trans fats, hydrogenated oils and vegetable oil
These are not natural. They are recent creations by modern science to make money. They are cheap to create and mass produce, but not healthy for consumption
Fats make up our cells. Each trillion of them. Each tiny one is made of fat. These oils make malfunctioning sad cells and a unhealthy body
Say no to sugar!
Unless you are eating a whole sugar cane from the earth….it’s not good. We are not meant to be consuming large quantities.
Sugar strips you of nutrients just to be digested. It is addictive and it feeds pathogens (bacteria, virus, fungus, parasites, cancer…all the bad stuff)
Cook your own food (you get an extra special ingredient this way too [icon icon=icon-heart size=14px color=#000 ])
This is the best way to know exactly what you are eating. It also makes you more connected to, and appreciate, food and where it came from.
100% of the time? No, but make it a priority. This does not mean you will be a chef and make gourmet meals. Simple food is good food. Make the time for your health and well being.
Make sure to get all essential vitamins and minerals with a well rounded diet
Not all essential nutrients can be had with plants, no matter how healthy they are.
Sometimes even if the plant food has the nutrient it is in a form that can remain locked up, and is very difficult for our body to actually utilize (for example beta carotene for vitamin A)
No one knows you like you do. Don’t rely on anyone to tell you exactly how to eat. A good practitioner or nutritionist will know that. Be open to trying something and finding what works and what doesn’t.
Sometimes this means implementing a healing diet for some time and then slowly adding things back in. Resetting your system so you can become clear about what your body wants and needs without the various illness, and food addictions screaming at you.
It's understandable to want someone to give us a solution. To tell us what to do. Especially when we are struggling with our health. A practitioner can help to guide you in an intelligent way that you could not do on your own. But you too have to do some work. We can't take one diet and always expect it to fix everything.
As you figure out the best food for your health keep these guidelines in mind and I know you will get there. The most important things in life are usually the most difficult.
Look inside yourself for solutions, instead of outside of yourself.