Real Food Monday ~ Real Food for Real Health January 15 2017, 1 Comment
Nutrition has a major impact on our health. The nutrients in our food give our body instructions about how to function. In Perspectives in Nutrition, by Wardlow and Insel ( a popular textbook), it states the following:
"Nutrients are the nourishing substances in food that are essential for the growth, development and maintenance of body functions. Essential meaning that if a nutrient is not present, aspects of function and therefore human health decline. When nutrient intake does not regularly meet the nutrient needs dictated by the cell activity, the metabolic processes slow down or even stop."
A whole-foods diet helps ensure that your entire body gets the required nutrition it needs. That's because whole foods carry out the major functions of a good diet, which includes absorption, assimilation, and elimination, The very things a healthy body needs. However, synthetic, processed, and refined foods can interfere with your body's normal functions. In time, unnatural foods may leave you vulnerable to disease like diabetes, cancer and arthritis to name a few.
In 2011 I was diagnosed with COPD, on oxygen, and told I would never get much better. I was living on 80 to 120 mg of prednisone a day. I had my lungs washed and suctioned out. At one point a crash cart was left outside of my room for 3 days because my heart was giving out due to the burden of trying to help me breathe. Fast forward to today. I am on no medications or oxygen. According to all test I no longer have COPD. What did I do differently? I first begin drinking 1/2 my body weight in ounces of water a day. So If someone weighs 200lbs they would drink 100oz of water a day. I went on a raw food diet for 2 months. I used Nettle infusions to supply my body with lots of vitamins and minerals. I took Nettle Seed to help improve my exhausted adrenals. I took Liver Health to aid in cleansing my body of medications. I meditated. I rested. I healed. Today I eat a variety of foods. I limit dairy and meat to only organic and not often. I enjoy organic grains, vegetables and fruit daily. I still drink lots of water but include water Kefir and fresh juice daily. I literally healed my body from the inside out with food, water and herbs.
Over and over I have seen people dramatically improve their health by eliminating processed foods, choosing real whole foods and including herbals. Eating this way can help keep your immune system healthy and reduce overall stress on the body. By eating a whole food diet you are keeping your organs, cells, and lymphatic system clean. You are also helping your system rid itself of unhealthy toxins that have built up through the years.
So what is "real whole foods"? They are simply food in their natural state. No processing, no GMO's, and unrefined. Fresh vegetables and fruit; whole organic grains. You can include organic, hormone and antibiotic free dairy and eggs, along with free range, grass feed meats if you wish.
Here are some links to some of my favorite real food recipes that I have already shared!
3 Meals, 2 Lunches, 1 Organic Chicken
Sauteed Green Beans with Balsamic Vinegar