Two types of food underlying the majority of disease
To be able to stick to a new way of eating there needs to be motivation. If your motivation comes purely from “I want WEIGHTLOSS” then chances are that you will give up at some point in the first month or two become disheartened and start to think that what you are doing is no longer working and then just give up. These are self-limiting beliefs, you have tried it all, every new diet and nothing works. This is because you are focusing on losing kilos.
However, if your motivation comes from the perspective of “I want HEALTH and you begin to make conscious choices about your food based on how it either fuels or harms your body, weightloss actually becomes a byproduct of this.
So let's change the way we think about food and choose:
A lot of the times when I ask my patients about what they eat I hear the same thing. I eat pretty healthy I always try to eat salads. Everyone's go to is always salads. There is a lot more to healthy eating than just salads. For some people the thought of salad being the only option to healthy eating is also a big deterrent to making the big change. Who wants to eat like a rabbit all day? Not me that's for sure.
Eating healthy is about making a big lifestyle change and part of that and probably the most important part of that is to understand what NOT to eat.
As a Naturopath I like to explain things as easily as I can for everyone to understand. I believe that there are two types of food that are linked to the majority of our diseases and they are:
A major mechanism to understand is that when the body feels it needs to protect its organs against the constant supply of damaging acids from food the body then produces fat cells so it can pack some of the acid waste into them leading to weight gain that is difficult to budge.
There are also studies showing that mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression can be connected to an imbalance in your bodies pH levels.
Some signs that the body is too acidic are:
- fatigued even with sleep
- weight gain
- difficulty losing weight
- shortness of breath
- lack of appetite/no hunger signal
- increased heart rate/palpitations
- irritable for no reason
- frequent infections, colds and flus
- dry skin
- acne at any age
- hormonal imbalances
- frequent yeast infections
- joint pain and pain in general
- chronic allergies and sinus pain
- sensitive teeth and gums
All systems of the body are affected by over consumption of acidic foods.
This does not mean if you eat these foods that you will get disease it means that if you are genetically predisposed to certain diseases and then eat these foods a lot you may trigger and then feed disease including cancer and disease will grow when given the opportunity. The body is always trying to find balance and keep the body at ease (homeostasis), when eating these types of foods they put the body off balance making it harder to get rid of any invaders that are trying to put the body at dis-ease. When the invaders grow, we get SICK.
Chronic (long term) inflammation leads to weight gain and disease. By reducing the inflammation then a byproduct is weight loss and you become more disease resistant.
In my clinic I put patients through a program I have created called Toxins be Gone which works on removing toxins that are preventing the body from working effectively, as well as making changes to food choices to improve insulin sensitivity and reverse this condition. Sometimes making these changes can be difficult so we also work on changing habits and mindset.
Improvements are seen so quickly which helps keep you motivated. There's also a beneficial side effect of getting health - weightloss. Most patients lose 6-8 kilos in the first 8 weeks.
Top of the list of inflammatory and acidic foods are heavily processed foods. Take-away (fast food chains) is a big one but so are a lot of the easy convenient processed foods that we put in our cupboards and feed ourselves and our kids. (because there is never enough time to prepare real food, there really is time, it all depends on your priorities). Anything that comes in a packet with an ingredient list is processed. Choose your level of process wisely.
Read the label and check exactly what you are putting in your mouth before you buy. In addition to ingredients look at country of origin. In Australia we are losing alot of out farmers to overseas imports, this is more than just the dairy and cattle farmers. What about the ones who grow our tomatoes, buy Australian NOT Italian. Ask the supermarket if they have an Australian product rather than an imported one, the more people who ask the more likely they are to make change. Chickpeas is a big one for me, only one brand (Edgell) of the tins of chickpeas sold in our supermarkets are Australian and yet we have a big agricultural industry of pulses. We need to ask more questions to improve our food security.
When changing your mindset on food choices there is a lot to unlearn. Old habits die hard. There are many stories that we have been told in order to keep certain food industries running. They may all not be exactly true. Certain industries have a lot of influence on government decisions and what information is told to the public. It is important to learn more about these problems and be able to make your own choices.
Below is a link to a documentary called What the Health. It gives a bit of insight into how certain organisations completely ignore the World Health Organisation when it comes to food suggestions related to diseases. It's also on Netflix.
Remember that there are always two sides to every story. Although this documentary comes from the perspective of plant based eating, this way of eating is not for everyone and it needs to be done properly in order to get the right balance of nutrients. As a Naturopath I always encourage more veggies and whole foods and less processed acidic and inflammatory foods and guide all of my patients towards eating for health. There is plenty of evidence with the World Health Organisation connecting inflammatory and acidic foods to disease. I work with the foods patients are currently eating and help them make gradual changes to choices for healthier less inflammatory and acidic choices. Doing it gradually helps with permanent change. You need to know how to use the new ingredients or they will just be wasted and you will give up
Who am I?
I am a Bachelor qualified Naturopath who specialises in improving metabolic processes in the body and reducing metabolic inflammation. Major areas for improvement include gut health, thyroid, kidney, liver, weight loss and mental health. Conditions such as fatty liver, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, irritable bowel conditions, depression & anxiety. I help my patients by giving them symptomatic relief while working on repairing the underlying causes of metabolic stress and waste accumulation.
Melissa Callaghan ND, BHSc, BTeach
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Here is a link to the World Health Organisations guide to Health Eating
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