You Are What You Eat
The foundation of our health lies in our diet so it is important that we have a good understanding of what we eat. The Greek physician Hippocrates stated 2400 years ago “Let Food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. A healthy diet provides the body with vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential fatty acids and adequate calories which can be derived from a variety of plant-based and animal-based foods. Humans have existed for 2.3 million years and yet chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity which have turned into epidemics have only recently started appearing due to poor dietary choices.
The reason is, that in today's fast-paced, high-demand world, we have become a society solely focused on convenience and this includes how we eat because it's much easier to eat processed foods than prepare a fresh meal. As such our modern diet is composed of refined grains, filled with sugars, chemicals and additives as well as genetically modified meats saturated with hormones. We need to remove such inflammatory foods that cause toxicity, allergies, hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies.
Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether your diet is affecting your health.
- Do you have a sweet tooth?
- Do you have bloating especially after meals?
- Do you get sleepy or foggy headed after meals?
- Do you have difficulty losing weight or getting rid of abdominal fat?
- Do you get regular headaches?
- Do you have frequent mood swings?
The hallmark of holistic nutrition is individuality, a right balance of the right foods for the right person. This is where education and a responsibility for what one puts in ones body becomes the cornerstone for healthy living.