Food and sunlight - they are one and the same as we eat that which has absorbed the latter - plants directly, animals through the plants they've consumed. Food is a staple which provides nourishment on many levels and the wonder it can provide as children is not lost on us as adults - we love it. We love the texture, the smells, the colors and the enjoyment sharing it can bring. We cook for ourselves, together as families, and for others in restaurants. Food means a lot to all of us and the many ways it can be prepared and consumed is a wonder. Our bodies are meant to absorb the required nutrients and become healthy and robust - we aren't meant to overthink the delicious beauty food can deliver to our lives...or is it wise to examine it's role a bit more than we realize?
As a child I assumed my body worked well - just like anyone else's. I ate homemade foods, predominantly, but conventional concoctions such as mayonnaise and ketchup, ice cream, potato chips and frozen pizzas were in there. I did not realize, until much later in life, after my body nearly gave up as my soul's vehicle, that things were not as they seemed.
The question at this very moment is, even if you feel you are healthy, are you? Or, is it that your amazing human body is maintaining itself, the best it can, through a myriad of health-altering chemicals in conventional food, the air you breathe, the water you drink and the reactions to the thoughts you use daily, out of it's ability to adapt - only to fall to pieces when it has finally had enough? Well, that depends on a great many factors and as my experience nearly lead to my early death, I found out the hard way that every morsel (and pill) you put into your mouth is a literal building block for your home. Why not just avoid possible issues in your health, the best you can, now?
Though you may feel that when you eat certain foods, which may contain but are not limited to conventional wheat, sugar, dairy, unfermented soy, hydrogenated oils, processed breads, crackers, cookies and cakes and so on, are you? Simply because you do not seem to display the symptoms associated with an intolerance or allergy to one of all of these foods (and others), should you personally continue to consume them? These are questions you will have to answer for yourself, yet it is important to at least include healthy, more easily digestible foods into your diet, enabling your body to access and use a dense array of nutrients, as much as possible.
Such healthy foods to include are:
- Whole food supplements (Standard Process is amongst the very best) targeting your specific issues and or to maintain health
- Vegan Protein such as Body Ecology's Fermented Protein shake http://bodyecology.com/superfoods.html
- Cultured vegetables and drinks
- Other raw, organic vegetables
- Spring water or purified water
- Oils/fats such as coconut, olive, pumpkin seed and walnut oils
- Organic meats such as beef, chicken, duck, turkey, fish and etc.
- Bone/meat broths
- Homemade veggie chips (from zucchini, for example) and dehydrated herbs and meats
- Fruits (if your system can handle the sugar) that also can be dried in to snacks
Now, should you decide to take the bull by the horns and move forward into optimum health, you can choose to begin by using an elimination diet to find out what your intolerances and allergies are and or you can use Alcat testing to find out by lab result (for instance). Then based on your budget and or chosen level of direction, you can eliminate all conventional food, environmental toxins such as cleaners and lotions,
(to relieve the body of toxins much more quickly) release nearly all sugars (honey is the best), hydrogenated oils, dairy, wheat and soy right off the bat. Then, depending on whether or not you need to, or decide to treat for candida, you would eliminate all fruit and berry sugars, honey, starches and alcohol until you rebuild your inner ecosystem. How long it takes to rebuild your gut health and your home (body), depends on what you have been through and what level of detoxing you decide to begin from. Some movement toward a healthier lifestyle is better than none and it is important to pick a direction and take it sooner than later. You can always do more!
There is a large amount of information to each element of a healthy lifestyle that has been brought up here. This is simply meant as an introduction to the idea of a healthier life and then some of the possible directions you may choose to take. There will be more in-depth information to follow this blog, upon items discussed here. Don't wait, however, if you are excited about moving forward. Do more research now.
Here are some resources to get started. Each has elements of the other and once you have gained enough information and experience, you will have the ability to utilize direction from each to create your own avenue. There are recipes to be found on these sites, as well!
If you are reading this blog today, it is not by accident. Think about your life and cause positive shifts to happen for yourself now. Making the choice to enhance your current level of health now can be much easier than feeling desperately unhappy with further complications. You are worth every moment of effort that you can create in order to move forward into a healthier, happier you.