What popular diet are you into these days? Take your pick…
I’m sure that by eating according to one of these diets, you think you’re eating healthy...but are you really?
One of my favorite quotes by Ann Wigmore says...
“The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
The food you’re eating may not be as healthy for you as you think, for a variety of reasons. In fact, food could be at the core of your low energy, weight woes, restless nights, autoimmune issues, skin breakouts and feeling uncomfortable in your own skin.
The problem with certain foods: The truth is, the food you’re feasting on could be:
· The wrong macronutrient ratio for your body (protein, fat, carb)
· Contaminated with rancid seed oils, pesticides, metals or other toxins disrupting the delicate balance of your body
· Packed full of synthetic hormones that are tipping the hormonal scale and burdening your liver
· Infused with antibiotics or antibiotic resistant superbugs that are wreaking havoc on your digestive health and suppressing your immune system
· Or simply foods that you’re unknowingly sensitive to which can trigger anything from anxiety to digestive upset, energy dips or even skin breakouts
As I often say…
“There is a difference between eating healthy and eating right for your body. Eating right for your body will include healthy foods, but not every healthy food is right for your body”
I want to help you make sure your food is NOT causing inflammation, but that it’s the safest and most powerful form of medicine you’re getting!
Consumer Beware: Thousands of food commercials and packages lining the grocery store shelves make claims about being healthy, but they can be extremely misleading. Buyer beware of these marketing ploys.
Be a Savvy Label Detective
For example, the word “natural” can be used on any food label as long as the product does not contain any artificial ingredients, added color, and if its minimally processed (processed meaning it doesn’t fundamentally alter the product) - which is fairly vague honestly. Natural labeling doesn’t address any pesticides, hormones or antibiotics that might have been involved in the farming of the food, or make it void of processing all together.
Do you remember MSG? It is monosodium glutamate and it is NOT just in Chinese food! MSG is an excitotoxin that overstimulates our nervous system and causes an inflammatory response. MSG can cause headaches, stomach upset, hives, and other harsh reactions. MSG can hide in ALL restaurants (especially chain restaurants), and be found in broth, soups, sauces and other processed foods and goes by names like "yeast extract," natural flavors, calcium caseinate and anything listed as "hydrolyzed."
Another example is beef labeled simply as “grass-fed.” This indicates that the cow was fed grass for 80% of its life, and the other 20% of its food sources can be anything else. This also doesn’t rule out the use of antibiotics or hormones.
"Non GMO" means the food does not contain any genetically modified ingredients, but it says nothing about pesticides, sugar, fat and rancid seed oil content, or even whether or not it is organic.
Even “certified Organic” does not mean a food product is healthy. The organic label means they could afford the certification and agree to not use certain pesticides, (some smaller companies and farmers cannot afford the organic label, so ask). However, it does NOT however indicate sugar, fat, fiber or in general how healthy a food is. A sugar and carb-filled cereal can be organic!
Do you see now how some of your supposedly healthy foods might not be all they are cracked out to be?
Don’t fret. I want to help you navigate foods so your body can get all the nutritional benefits without all of the potentially toxic side effects.
Clean Food Solutions: When it comes to food quality, here’s what you want to aim for…
· USDA certified organic produce, especially at home where you have more control
· 100% grass-fed and grass finished beef and organic
· Local free-range eggs, chicken, turkey or other poultry
· Certified human and pasture raised pork free of nitrates and hormones
· And wild-caught fresh fish and other seafood
Making these food choices will drastically reduce your exposure to harmful pesticides, added hormones, antibiotics, heavy metals or other toxic substances found in conventionally farmed or produced foods. Also, be sure to limit or completely avoid seed oils like canola, safflower, sunflower, corn and soy.
Troubleshooting food sensitivities: If you’ve improved the quality of your food choices and you STILL aren’t seeing the results you’re looking for, then it’s time to dive deeper and investigate hidden food sensitivities!
To investigate these potential food issues:
· Start a food and body language log
· 30-120 minutes after eating check in to see how your body is responding
· Note any changes in your energy, mood, digestion, your overall sense of well-being and if you have cravings
When you’re eating foods that are right for your body, you should have an abundance of energy, be able to go 3-5 hours or more between meals without getting hungry, and be anxiety, craving, bloat or any other symptom free!
Test, don’t guess: And if you want to skip the food logging and just cut to the chase, you can run a food sensitivity test with me!
Food sensitivity tests are especially helpful when you have a delayed IgG antibody response and you may not be easily able to associate a symptom to a particular food. You can have a delayed response that surfaces as symptoms hours, days or even a week later!
And the inflammatory cascade from the wrong foods can last for months!
Cleaning up my food sources, eliminating food sensitivities and eating the right food ratios for my body changed my perspective about what “eating healthy” really meant for my body. It was a game changer!
And I’ve seen these steps do the same thing for my clients over, and over, and over again. Within a matter of weeks, they experience limitless energy, less bloat, restful nights, weight loss and so much more!
Let food be thy medicine!
If you want to get your hands on the RIGHT lab tests and resources to figure out what foods are right for your body so it can function at its potential, then click here for a complimentary clarity call with me!
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