What would you say if I told you, what you choose to put on your fork has more power to transform and heal your entire being than any prescribed pill?
Whilst this may not be ground breaking news, you would be surprised how many people don’t understand the power they have to reshape their health and wellbeing, by simply changing their food choices.
It’s a fact, that good nutrition and what you put into your body sets the foundation for good health. As Ann Wigmore said, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
Ironically though, we live in an age where we are overloaded with information about “healthy eating,” yet suffer more than ever from exhausting rates of obesity and chronic illness. Our media is saturated with contradictory advice and a plethora of diets. Telling us to one minute avoid fat and the next to remove grains and carbohydrates from our plate.
Not only is it confusing, but it’s enough to make anyone distrust nutritional advice altogether. Particularly anything that claims "food is medicine."
But the truth is, it is! Food in its purest, unadulterated form, is the best medicine you will ever put in your mouth. And regardless what you’re told, the buck stops with you!
Being healthy means it’s your responsibility to put the right fuel into your body and to get you started, we’ve put together a few healthful tips.
•One of the first things to consider if you’re planning a clean, is the current state of your digestive system. A healthy digestive system is vital to efficiently burn food and absorb nutrients. Following a prescribed detox is a great way to eliminate toxins and reignite your digestion. Start by consuming only liquids like fresh juice, bone broth and soups and other easily digested foods, until your gut heals. The length of your cleanse will be determined by the healing required.
•What you may not know is your body is like one big communication network and it is always talking to you. It’s your job to tune in to what it’s saying. For example, right now the signs may be subtle: bloating, gas, foggy brain, headaches or even sore joints. Regardless, these are definite signals that your body is trying to get your attention. You may also have food sensitivities. A good way to work out which foods you’re sensitive to, is to consider a food elimination diet. Most importantly, LISTEN!!!
•A good habit to adopt is to think about where the food has come from. Is it fresh or is it hidden beneath layers of packaging? If the food in your trolley would be unrecognizable to your Great Granny, put it back. Grab yourself a copy of the Chemical Maze chemicalmaze.com and learn to recognise ingredients and additives. It may take a little longer to get the job done, but it will be worth it. Chances are if it has more than a handful of ingredients, it’s not good for you.
•Think of your green grocer as a pharmacy, or better still, “Farmacy”. Anything that has been lovingly reared by nature, will give something back to you. Nutrient-rich, living foods heal our bodies at a cellular level and help build strong immune systems. This ultimately helps combat illness and environmental toxins. Where possible, shop in season. Your neighborhood farmer’s market is a great place to pick up local organic and spray-free produce.
•Whilst it’s easy to fall into the habit of eating fast, convenient, drive-by food, we are not nurturing ourselves by doing so. Even if you have a tendency to live on takeaway, you can choose healthier options. More and more restaurants are preparing nutritious take-home meals and menus are appearing everywhere with healthier take-away options. Giving you the power to choose the healthy alternative and feel good for it.
•If you’re not confident in the kitchen, then now’s a good time to learn. There can be great pleasure in cooking and greater still in creating and savoring a wholesome meal at home. Our often frenetic lifestyles prevent us from enjoying and connecting over a good, slow meal. We tend to eat for convenience and speed, not health and pleasure.
But good food doesn’t have to be complicated, nor does it have to be expensive or time consuming. There are hundreds of recipe ideas on the internet for simple, healthy food and if all else fails, even you can make a salad!
At the end of the day, the choice is yours! It’s up to you to change the habits that no longer serve you and choose instead to eat yourself healthy. Not only will your mind be clearer and your physical body stronger, but energetically, you will shine!
Love, respect and nurture yourself and your body will love you right back... literally!