Understanding How Diet Plays a Role in Healing
Nowadays, with the high prevalence of processed, genetically modified, chemically enhanced “foods” available, it is more important than ever to consider what you are putting into your body. As a rule of thumb, I recommend all humans stay away from processed foods. If you aren’t sure what processed means, think of it this way: If you can grow it or kill it, it’s real; otherwise, it’s processed. This basically means eating a diet full of fresh fruits, veggies, and meats. I am guilty
of having a sweet tooth, but I try my best to eat real food 90% of the time. (Hey, nobody’s perfect!)
Foods to Avoid in Order to Stay Healthy
However, a few basic dietary no-no’s for anyone attempting to live life to the absolute fullest are fast food, soda of any kind, and artificial sweeteners. These are things that I eliminate from my diet 100% of the time, no matter what!
I have seen people turn their lives around by watching what they eat. Eating by the above recommendations, I have seen people lose significant weight, increase their energy levels, and come off of medications for things such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and more.
Living with an Anti-inflammatory Diet
Personally, my family’s food pyramid is based off the Paleo way of eating which is basically an anti-inflammatory diet. So many auto-immune problems prevalent in the US are a result of chronic, systemic inflammation.
In addition, the symptoms of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis are exacerbated by inflammation. The bulk of my family’s nutrition comes from plant and animal foods, a minimal amount of whole grain products due to their poor nutrient density and pro-inflammatory qualities, and no processed foods. At first it can be difficult to change the way you eat, however, once you got the hang of it, it will become an easy and obvious way to eat-especially once you see the fruits of your labor begin to pay off.
You really are what you eat. I’ll leave you with this: There is no such thing as junk food. It’s either junk, or it’s food!
Live. Life. Better. -Dr. Megan Wilson