Rates of chronic illness have never been higher. It is becoming more and more apparent that nutrition and healing go hand in hand.
Our lifestyle and food choices determine whether we live a healthy long life or die from an illness, whether we feel energetic and vibrant or deal with constant chronic pain and fatigue; and even whether our future generations will have a stable climate and healthy environment.
Why is our diet causing illness?
So many people are suffering from allergies and serious illnesses that are related to the chemicals winding up on our plates and in our soil and water. It doesn’t have to be this way. We simply have to become more aware and change our lifestyles accordingly.
We need to know that there is a definite correlation between what we eat and how we feel. Ultra-processed foods and junk food, foods containing genetically modified ingredients (GMO’s), chemicals, nutrition induced stress from sugar, obesity and chemicals in drugs are affecting our lifestyle and our happiness – and we need to do something about it.
We also need to become aware that there are systems in our society that are more about money making and protecting their own interests than about caring for their clients.
Corporate manipulation. ‘Cravability experts’ are hired by the food industries to design ingredients and additives that release dopamine, a feel good hormone, in the body, and create food addictions. These ingredients are to be found in the processed foods that abound in the supermarkets and junk food outlets.
Also, there is too much food and too many temptations all around us designed to stimulate and perpetuate our addictions. Also, branding and packaging is designed to attract and mislead us with false promises.
Pharmaceutical companies and drug prescriptions. Pharmaceutical companies cannot patent natural remedies, so they synthesise active ingredients in natural remedies or create chemically identical substitutes for them. Doctors earn interest on the drugs and pharmaceutical brands they prescribe.
Doctors mostly aren’t trained in nutrition. In the USA they have been following the same curriculum since 1920 and it hasn’t changed. There is a disconnect between nutrition and healing, e.g.
- Doctors encourage cancer patients to eat anything they want to combat nausea, including potato chips (crisps) and candy.
- Hospital food, though well intentioned, is not conducive to healing.
Systems need to change, and they will only change if we stop supporting them.
What foods to avoid
Refined and processed foods
Avoid long life, packaged food as much as possible, especially processed.
Highly processed grains, such as white flour in pastas and bread can destroy blood vessels, cause dementia, etc.
Refined sugar is a major cause of diabetes and chronic illnesses, such as cancer. Did you know that cancer cells metabolise 50 times more sugar than normal cells? Avoid sodas and packaged fruit juices – they are packed with sugar. Don’t let the ‘fat free’ yoghurt mislead you as it contains as much sugar as a soda does. Rather substitute your sugar intake with fresh fruit and make your own juices and blending combos.
Processed foods also contain too much salt (sodium), toxic additives to enhance flavours, as well as unhealthy preservatives.
- Most animal products are too high in saturated fat that increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Cut down on meat and dairy (milk, butter and cheese).
- You don’t have to exclude meat completely, its about quality (such as grass fed lean meat and venison). There is no proof that meat, butter and cheese should be totally excluded. Just reduce it is much as possible, e.g. eat smaller portions.
- Milk raises risk of cancer. Soy and almond milk decrease risk. Studies on soy milk and tofu have found that that they reduce breast cancer death risk.
- When you heat butter and oils or fats you oxidise them, thereby releasing multiple toxic compounds dangerous for brain, etc. Don’t cook fats/oils with a low smoke point (flash point). Use coconut oil or olive oil for mid-temperature cooking and avocado oil for high temperature cooking.
In short, eliminate processed foods, meat, and dairy products as much as possible.
What can we improve about our diet
- According to studies made with 7th Day Adventists, the more you cut out animal products from your diet, the slimmer and healthier you will be and the longer you will live. Eat more fresh vegetables, fruit, legumes, grains, seeds, nuts.
- Eating significantly more vegetables than proteins will decrease the risk of disease and even reverse it.
- You must have some raw cruciferous veggies every day. Cruciferous veggies are: spinach, cabbage, bok choi, broccoli, kale, brusselsprouts, etc. Chew them very well. Cook the rest.
- Eat power foods for the brain that can prevent alzheimers and dementia.
- Eat for colour. Colours attract us to antioxidant foods.
- Decrease saturated foods (dairy is no 1 in saturated fats). Also keep oil low. Eat seeds containing natural oils.
- Type 2 diabetes is reduced by 62% on a plant based diet with no saturated fat (meat, cheese and dairy). Its not about carbohydrates necessarily.
- Fibre in fruit and vegetables is important for digestion and elimination, i.e. a healthy colon.
- Our PH balance is neutralised and far less acidic when we cut out meat and dairy products.
- Drink filtered water. Squeeze half a lemon into a glass of water every morning to neutralise acidity.
- To build muscle, eliminate meat proteins and increase plant proteins, such as soy, lentils and legumes.
- Use more herbs and spices instead of sugar, fat, salt, and artificial flavourings that create addiction.
- Eat foods in their freshest most original form as possible. Don’t focus on nutrients (‘seeing the wood for the trees’) – focus on the food.
Create new good habits for nutrition and healing
Remember, it takes a minimum of 21 days or repetitions to change a bad habit into a good one:
- Eat mostly fresh vegetables. Shop more in the fresh produce sections of the supermarket.
- Eat as much organic food as you can afford.
- Chew properly, eat with mindfulness.
- Eat less.
Release suppressed emotions
When energy flow is blocked it causes chronic illnesses. Let go of things you are holding onto. According to the latest scientific developments in Epigenetics, genes have light switches that turn on or off. You can turn the cancer gene off in 8 weeks!
Ways to turn cancer promoting cells off:
- Get to know yourself and eat what you feel called to eat (but be honest – I am not talking about the addictive foods!). Some people are more tolerant of certain foods than others – its very reliant on individuality.
- Go back to your roots, eat like our grandparents used to. Eat real food in its most original form.
- Have smaller meals more often.
- Eat mostly plants.
- Less animal products open the heart – in every way!
- You can cut disease by 80% with these lifestyle changes: staying active, no smoking, eating plant based foods, some fruits, legumes and seeds – and you can turn things around in 8 weeks! Maintaining this lifestyle can lengthen your life by changing your gene expression (telomeres).
Caring for your health versus treating disease
Feeling helpless is what enables chronic diseases such as cancer. Take responsibility, empower yourself, do your homework. You will live significantly longer if you take ‘control’, get out of the stress-response and relax more. Your life situation will become more manageable. Feeling powerless is detrimental to your health.
Nutrition and healing go hand in hand. Also, taking responsibility for your own health will have a ripple effect on those close to you and on your environment as a whole.
What can you do to be more responsible for your and your environment’s health?
www.foodrevolutionsummit.org: Kris Carr; William Li, MD, Kelly Turner, Ph.D; Joel Fuhrman, MD; David Katz, MD; Neal Barnard, MD