Nutrition is one of those things we are all aware of and we all vaguely
pay attention to. It is probably the single most important part of our day, yet
we put very little emphasis on it. Part of the reason it is so difficult is no one
seems to agree on what "good" nutrition is. You can find conflicting views on
almost everything. It is sad to me that there is seemingly so much that is
not understood about how food works in our bodies.
So how are we to know what we should and shouldn't eat? First and
foremost, you need a basic understanding of how food works in your body. I
have tried to compile some information to give you that basic foundation.
Included in that is understanding the health risks involved in eating processed
and industrialized food products. On a very basic level, I believe we need to
return to a more primal diet that the human body was designed for. Eating
whole foods that have not been altered and are grown the way nature
intended is a good start.
It's also important to understand that without a well-balanced, healthy
diet, many ailments can be the result of excesses and deficiencies. Many
chronic diseases are the result of inflammation in general. Avoiding inflammatory
foods is critical. Paying attention to your body and symptoms and recognizing
the signs of deficiency or excess are the first line of defense against all illness.
In order to help you and your doctor determine if your symptoms may be
related to nutritional imbalance, I put these together:
Essential Nutrients Symptoms Checklist
Mineral Symptoms Checklist
There are so many people diagnosed with this syndrome, or that
disorder, or any number of diseases with no known cause or cure. Our
doctors are quick to test for signs of ailments that they can treat with a magic
pill. But, how often do they test for vitamin and mineral deficiencies? How often
do they test for amino acid deficiencies? How often do they even ask you what
you eat? Sure, they tell you to eat right and exercise. But, do any of them
really know what that entails? From one doctor to another you will get very
differing views. Even nutritionists don't always agree.
I have learned the most important thing is quality whole foods. Whole
Foods doesn't mean strictly raw foods. It means eating food that is provided in
its natural state. Stop eating processed foods. Stop eating chemical laden and
altered food. Your body, its cells, and all of its functions depend on what you
put in your mouth.
Garbage in, garbage out.
Your highly processed and sweetened diet may taste good. But how do
you feel after eating it? How about the next day? How about the next week?
Ever wonder why you're so tired all the time? Ever wished you could get rid of
wrinkles or improve your memory? How many wrinkle creams and supplements
have you wasted money on that didn't work? We're all searching for the
fountain of youth, and it's right in front of us.
Did you ever consider the food that you are eating? After all, that is what
our bodies use to make new cells and to implement all of our bodily functions.
Perhaps you believe you are eating "healthy." But have you considered the
quality of the food you buy, where it comes from, and how it is
When I first began to implement my dietary changes, it was due to my
decision to become a vegetarian 20 years ago. Even though I started to eat
meat again after 15 years, I have been aware of the importance of food ever
since then. Organic food became much of my focus at that time. While I
understood the negative effects of chemicals, antibiotics, and hormones, I
didn't quite get that sugar and processed foods (even the all natural ones) are
just as bad. I understood the importance of balancing food, but I didn't
know exactly how or why.
It was out of necessity due to Candida overgrowth from prolonged use of
antibiotics that I recently expanded my search for knowledge and
understanding regarding how food works. I have come to realize that
nutrition is a vital part of health, healing, and prevention overall. It is not
limited to those of us with Lyme disease, Candida, or any other illness. It is not
limited to those of us who are or have been sick. It is an important piece to the
puzzle that has gone missing from our culture (even the vegetarian and health
food culture) and prevents most of us from living a full, healthy, and
It wasn't enough for me to follow a list of do's and don'ts. Necessary as it
is to avoid certain foods and to make sure you are getting the appropriate
nutrients, etc.....I had the need to understand where these "rules" came from
and why. I'm not one to take anyone's word for anything....so I embarked on
a journey to learn how food works.
In my research, I have found many conflicting views, ideas, protocols,
and "ideal" diets. Initially, it was incredibly frustrating, but it served to push
me forward into really learning the truth about food. I am still on this journey,
and I will continue to update this as I learn more. However, I feel I have
researched a broad spectrum of nutritional approaches and have a pretty good
basic idea of what helps us return to health, and what hinders us and
makes us sick. At the very least, it helps to narrow things down.
I feel it is important to mention that I am by no means dictating to
anyone how or what they should eat. It is up to you to research this
information for yourself and decide what is best for you and your body. I am
simply sharing what information I have found along with my own experience,
and what has and hasn't worked for me. You also have the option of going to a
nutritionist to discuss your diet, although I would try to find one who is
knowledgeable of Lyme disease and Candida.
There are many schools of thought on the chemistry of food and food
combining that could drive you insane trying to figure it all out. You don't
have to be a master of digestive chemistry. Humans survived for thousands of
years without it. Scientists and Nutritionists are constantly trying to come up
with one way that is the best way. There is always a new "diet" that is
supposed to be "the one".
Frankly, our bodies are just too complex for that and they constantly
change. I think that is the point most schools of thought miss. While one diet
may help remove excess, replace deficiencies, and ultimately return you to
health; staying on that diet past that point can sometimes create new
deficiencies and excesses. It is important to understand that diet and nutrition
are in constant flux. Health is not static, but a fluid and delicate balance
that requires flexibility, close monitoring, and regular adjustments and
Every person is different, and your body is in constant change. Sticking to
one diet is just not practical for health over time. The best thing you can do is
to pay attention to how you feel and learn to listen to what your body is telling
you. If a particular food makes you feel "bad" or sick don't eat it.
I have provided additional information on the pages linked to the right
that goes into detail of the different food types and how they affect the
body. Although I don't claim to know all there is to know, it will give you a
good starting point in understanding this. I encourage you to study the basics
of food and nutrition for yourself, and I highly recommend the books and links
to the right of each page. Keep in mind that some of them have conflicting
ideas, but the basis of their viewpoints are sound. Between two extremes,
you find balance and truth.
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