Good Morning. I have pretty much made it my life’s mission to educate myself about food and it’s intimate connect to our health. I mean, how else can you explain why 2 people can eat the exact same foods and end up with completely different body shapes, blood results and health? Think about it, I am sure you know someone who, in spite of not eating fast food, diet drinks, makes their own meals by shopping the perimeter of the grocery store, still might not look like the picture of health and their blood test show it.
So where does one start? I’m starting with the digestive tract. Why? Because even on the medical side, science will find the seed of all health problems is in the gut. One of the first things formed in our bodies when we are cooking in vitro is our gastrula. That is – our intestine and our spinal column. Hmmm, can you say stress eating and weight gain? Dr. Ballentine, in his book Diet and Nutrition has a whole chapter about how our emotions directly effect our digestion, to the tune that one who is angry secretes too much bile (scientifically proven). In Ayruvedic medicine, there is the Tridosha which does not separate the mind, body and emotions. So does it make sense when one is put on an anti anxiety pill, or a sleeping pill, or pain killer that their health will be impaired since part of their brain is being impaired as well. Now I am NOT saying an acute situation doesn’t need to be addressed. What I am saying is that the underlying problem needs to be solved in order to improve one’s overall health and well being.
How many truly happy people do you know with life altering health issues? Especially in our Golden generation of people out there, those that do have health issues is more because of how we have bastardized our foods with GMO’s, chemicals and preservative and their bodies have not mutated to identify Frankenfoods as basic nutrition. Our bodies do not know what to do with our Frankenfoods of today. We cannot digest the food and use the nutrients in those foods because they are not what our bodies started out with. If our bodies do not know how to access a food coated with preservatives, how can”t get to the real food in there? If food so processed that it will not break down on a shelf for 2 years, how can our bodies digest it in 24 hours? If it is chemicals that are flavoring something to taste like an orange or cheese, and yet when it gets tour stomach there isn’t any orange or cheese to digest and get nutrition from, what does that do to our brain sensors? Should it still tell our pancreas to produce enzymes to break the ‘food’ down? And when our stomach has to produce more mucous to protect its lining from the acid produced to digest imaginary food that is not there, what kind of acid imbalance does that create? GERD, Reflux, IBS, ulcers, esophageal erosion.
Why are we eating that causes these issues? We are stressed out and want something sweet to calm us. We are having an energy crash and need a stimulant to keep us going. We are depressed and can’t find the words to express ourselves and so stuff our feelings down into us with something fatty, sweet or intoxicating. Our bodies will do whatever is natural, normal or necessary to stay alive. By the time it is in necessary survival mode, we are at the doctors with a plethora of symptoms and blood test telling us what is wrong with our bodies. Why let it continue?
Go back to being a baby. Eat 5 – 6 times a day, simple, basic foods. Nothing fancy. I know it will NOT taste like something flavorful (?) from a bag, bottle, can, box or wrapper. But I can almost guarantee you that within the first 10 days, your body will be breathing better, you will be thinking more clearly, there will be more energy, you won’t have mood swings, you will feel more rested and have less stomach issues. That’s the kind of life that I want and now do live. It took me a while to figure this one out on my own. If I can help you now, that means my job is done.
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