I was having lunch with a group of lovely ladies the other day. The conversation turned to me and what I was up to these days. Of course I’m pretty excited about running the 40 Day Paleo Reset coming up soon so I was rambling on about that! In hearing that the reset is about teaching people how to eat well, take care of themselves and conduct a food sensitivities challenge, one of my lunch companions said the frustrating thing that I hear ALL the time!
With a dismissive wave of her hand, she said “Oh, I’m lucky, I can eat anything I want and nothing bothers me.”
My first thought when I hear someone utter that ubiquitous phrase is generally that they ARE bothered and don’t even know it. It’s highly doubtful that their health is perfect, even if they’ve been given a “clean bill of health” from their M.D. It’s much more likely that inflammation is lurking, it’s probably contributing to nagging health concerns and even worse it’s driving a silent disease process that my dear acquaintance has zero awareness of.
Now, I don’t want to be presumptuous. I don’t really believe that everyone on the planet is walking around with unknown food sensitivities that are destroying their bodies from the inside out. Unfortunately, I happen to know how commonly that IS the case because I see how incredible people feel when they actually eat foods that SUPPORT their health and avoid the ones that DESTROY it. It frustrates and saddens me that people aren’t getting the knowledge they need to make empowered decisions about their health, which means that it will inevitably slip away, like a thief in the night. And we’ll blame aging. We’ll blame cancer. We’ll shake our heads and say “it’s such a shame”, “life is so hard and unfair”, or “you can’t change genetics”.
And that is all such a load…
Few people realize how insidious foods like grains, sugar and dairy can be. It’s just not logical to think that the “healthy, whole grain” cereal you eat for breakfast every morning, the cereal that is RECOMMENDED by the heart association and the well-meaning food guide people, could be a major cause of the inflammation that makes your knees hurt. Or that it could be a big piece of the puzzle that’s driving your lagging concentration, or your insomnia, or your headaches, or your depression or much more serious disease processes that you may not even know about. I know it’s not as easy as 2+2=4.
The concept that foods can affect areas of the body other than the gut can seem far-fetched. Fortunately, we have a slew of researchers and doctors now sounding the alarm about food and it’s becoming harder and harder to ignore the links to serious, preventable diseases like Alzheimer’s, Heart Disease, Parkinson’s, Diabetes and the gamut of auto-immune conditions like Hashimoto’s, MS and Rheumatoid Arthritis. We don’t have all the answers about which foods cause which problems, and exactly how the disease mechanisms work, but we do know that OFTEN when we remove these foods, people heal.
I see a day coming where the first step in ANY medical treatment program is to remove foods that we KNOW contribute to inflammatory disease processes in the body. Until we remove those foods, we simply can’t get a clear picture of what’s really happening in our biochemistry and support it with the marvels of medicine. I mean, really? How much longer are we going to put someone under the knife for a triple by-pass when we could clean out their arteries by removing grains, sugar and dairy for 3-12 months? It’s just not cost effective, not to mention, safe or even responsible to keep ignoring the food connection to health and disease!
Part of the problem that contributes to people not connecting food to their health concerns is that we often don’t have any obvious sense of the problems the foods are causing. Problems outside of the gastrointestinal tract are actually VERY common, but until we remove those foods and then re-introduce them, we personally, won’t have any idea how much those foods are affecting EVERY part of our bodies. That’s why functional medicine practitioners, naturopathic doctors, many chiropractors and even some progressive MD’s ask you to follow a grain, sugar and dairy free diet for a period of time as their first course of action in your treatment.
Avoiding the problematic foods for 10-90 days and then systematically re-introducing them to see how your body reacts is called a “food challenge” and it is something you can easily do yourself to be empowered and take charge of your health.
My mission in life is to help people live healthier, happier lives. That includes teaching them how to be their own doctor and take control of their health and their life through their food choices. When I hear someone talking about grains, dairy and sugar I want to hear them say “yes, I’ve avoided all of those foods for three months and re-introduced them and now I know what those food toxins do to my body and I choose to eat foods that support my health 80% of the time so I can stay well and enjoy my life!”
I’m here to support you every step of the way!
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