There is no such thing as cheap food – you will pay for it later in healthcare costs.
The food choices you make for yourself and your family are important decisions. You wouldn’t put the wrong fuel into your car and expect it to run perfectly, so too the correct food fuel is needed for our cells and organs to function at their best. Eating nutritious, wholesome food throughout your whole life is important if you want to remain healthy, active and energetic and live free from chronic disease well into your retirement years.
The typical 2020 western diet has become so far removed from a natural diet, our great-grandparents would not recognise how we eat today. We now consume over-processed, chemically-laden, highly-packaged, sprayed, genetically modified, artificially grown and antibiotic-fed food, often shipped from halfway-around-the-world! A diet based on these foods is not only a burden on the body, but is also lacking in vitamins and minerals required for the most basic functions of our cells. It is little wonder we struggle to feel vital and energised. The body has to divert alot of energy into detoxifying these artificial chemicals and foreign compounds, at the expense of digestive health, hormonal balance, mental wellbeing and immunity.
Wholesome and nourishing foods are truly our medicine, and even small adjustments to your diet can make a big difference to how you feel. Giving the body the right environment – the fuel it needs to function at its best – is one of the important recommendations a naturopath can give you. At the same time, its also important to enjoy and love your food and how you eat it – food should be fun, sociable and enjoyable!
The food industry has a successful marketing machine that does leave us rather confused! Almost everything we could possibly eat or drink has at one time or other been labelled as ‘bad’. Add to that ‘fad diets’ that come and go, and every now and then we hear of a ‘miracle’ superfood supplement. Most of us are confused about what a truly ‘healthy’ diet looks like, particularly if we are facing a significant health issue or digestive problems.
A personalised nutrition plan – which incorporates not only what, but how you eat – aims to address the underlying causes of your symptoms and to prevent the development of chronic diseases. One size does not fit all. Some people do better on a vegetarian diet, others on gluten-free. And the diet should be adapted to changing needs at different stages and circumstances of life. I work with you to help you meet your health needs through ‘food as medicine’ taking your personal food and eating preferences, lifestyle and circumstances into consideration.
Cheap supermarket vitamins are akin to cheap food. They are manufactured synthetically and often are little better for you than highly processed food, and may add to the detoxification load on your body. While supplements are sometimes required to correct deficiencies as a short-term measure, I encourage clients to obtain specific nutrients from food sources wherever possible, including from good quality superfoods.
Anyone with digestive symptoms such as bloating, reflux, abdominal discomfort, diarrhoea or constipation, suffer from a chronic health issue or facing a serious health challenge will benefit from a nutritional assessment and dietary changes. You may simply want support to change the way you eat, or wish to feel more energised and healthy.
Please contact me with your query and I’ll be happy to chat with you to see if I can help.