Nutritional medicine is both a completely new field and as ancient as medicine and healing itself. It is interesting how we research and isolate food compounds, look at their impact on the body, develop new diets for health and weight loss, and constantly search for the new ‘superfood’, when the basic principles always stay the same:
- Consume foods in their unprocessed form
- Eat what nature provides
- Drink clean water
- Eat in a relaxed environment
- Chew your food
- …and live a long and healthy life…
So what has gone wrong
Good nutrition should be common knowledge taught at home, but instead we have generations of people who have forgotten how to eat properly and children who think their chips come from McDonalds instead of potatoes grown by a farmer. We eat on the run, don’t chew our food, eat too much or skip meals, eat for pleasure and not functionality, and most importantly we’ve refused to work in harmony with mother nature and contaminated most of our water and food sources with chemicals and genetic modification.
What you put in is what you get out
No surprise here. You can’t put dirty fuel in your car and expect it to give you the performance you want. Yet we eat junk, feel terrible, and look for a medicine to make us feel better when the answer is as clear as daylight. This brings us to our next point. There is no such thing as ‘junk food’ – it is either ‘junk’ or ‘food’.
Nutrition should be taught at school for the new generations but in the meantime we have to re-educate parents and grandparents about proper food choices and preparation. We need to break the cycle of brainwashing by clever marketing companies on what food is supposed to look and taste like. This is a big one as we’ve come to expect produce to look big, perfect and shiny when it is in fact the less perfect looking ones than contains higher nutritional value. See our article on Salvestrols The food pyramid needs to be turned on its head, society should demand more organically grown foods and more pressure needs to be applied to stop genetic modification of our food (although it is probably already too late to undo the damage done here).
It’s about the basics
Not everyone has to follow an elimination diet. We will only suggest restricted diets where the offending food plays a major role in the disease process and progress cannot be made unless it’s temporarily pulled from the diet. More often it is just about eating better with the focus not being what you need to stop eating, but what you should be eating more of. Eventually the good food will take over the space of the not-so-good food and before you know it you’ll be eating and feeling better.