Well, that is really up to you now isn’t it? Do you have to watch what you are eating/drinking? Do you have to exercise 5 times a week? Do you have to stop smoking/drinking…?
What are the consequences if you don’t? Reflux, GERD, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, gout, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, ED, arthritis, insulin resistance, auto immune disorders, obesity, diabetes, IBS. On the less extreme side it’s low energy, gas, bloating, PMS, no ability to lose weight, depression, fatigue, and overall melancholy.
Is this really true, Adrienne? Yes. If you look over time, I mean really take a close look at how illnesses and diseases have exponentially grown in relation to how and what we are eating along with the lack of physical activity in our lives you will see I am correct. Gout, used to be the rich man’s disease. Why? Because the kings and queens and monarchy were consuming the butter and the meat and the ales and wines on a daily basis while the peasants were having only minimal amounts of these products, living on the grains and veggies of the land. When you get into the holistic side of high blood pressure, one of the common causes is food antagonists (aka ‘angina’). Your body is struggling to digest foods that are not identified by the body. IBS, GERD and reflux are all ‘cured’ by avoiding acidic foods (fried, sugars, desserts, refined flours, ‘heavy’ processed foods), less stress and exercise. Obesity – modify your eating and exercise.
Step 1 – How do we modify our eating? Take out what I call Your Evil Baddies first: 1. Any form of MSG Including disodium inosinate and disodium guyalinate; 2. Refined sugar, 3.Bleached white flour, 4.High fructose corn syrup, 5. Any artificial sweeteners. It’s a startng point. Just by doing this, you may notice more energy, better digestion, less headaches or bloating.
Step 2 – If you are ready for a bigger plunge, next would be to cut out dairy and wheat. these products are 2 of the biggest food antagonists that cause many health issues. By simply leaving them out of the equation, your symptoms may disappear. Of course, this one you may play around with for a while until you put two and tow together. What do I do for protein shakes? Egg white, or plant based (like hemp or rice/pea mix). Your body doesn’t know what to do with the whey anyhow, It’s an isolated protein that needs the rest of its makeup to be processed properly in your body.
Step 3 – Next step would be getting gluten out of your eating. How? Where is it? Oats, kamut, wheat, rye, barley and spelt (although I am on the hedge on that one) all contain gluten. By taking these items out of your eating protocol (you notice I don’t use the word DIEt), digestion may open up and not struggle. Fatigue, bloating, GERD, PMS, relfux, constipation, arthritis, fibromyalgia pain, gout, diarrhea, IBS, blood pressure, insulin resistance, just may subside. What a breath of fresh air that would be.
Step 5 – Speaking of fresh air, what about taking a 10 minute walk during the day or at night? what could it hurt to do a little physical activity and strengthen those butt muscles? Wouldn’t it be nice not have a flat butt? Or brittle bones? Or have your sugar be balanced again? I know many have legitimate physical limitations. But are you really going to let that cause more physical stress in your life? There is some sort of physical activity you CAN do. Walking, indoor bicycling, lifting canned foods in a grocery bag at home. Walking in place or dong the old fashioned bicycle while watching tv.. During commercials so you don’t have to count or time yourself. I’ll drive you crazy finding a way to get you moving.
The gluten is one of the last steps. Tinkayada pasta is a great rice pasta to use and Sami’s Bakery here in Tampa has an awesome MIllet Flax bread to eat. (you can have it shipped). I know this is edgy for some, but I’m an edgy person. Live life on the edge.
Do you have to? No, you don;t. Is it worth the change? You bet!
Adrienne Falcone Godsell is a nutrition coach and personal food trainer n Tampa, FL. She is available via Skype and FB for consults as well. Find her at http://adriennefalconegodsell.yolasite.com/ and on FB @ https://www.facebook.com/healthyeating101