We used to live in a world where we ate according to what was available during the seasons in the region where we lived. We preserved food in order to not die of starvation and ate a variety of foods that some kids (and adults) would not imagine eating today. (Liver and onions, anyone? No? Well, go to bed of straw hungry then.)
Now it is up to us to make sure we get the functional foods we need and still try to eat seasonally so that foods are as fresh as possible when we consume them. We can also use supplements to help support our bodies through all the knowledge we know, and are still learning, through science and trials. Your doctor can TRY to help you or guide you, but they aren’t going to stick with you. They will DISAPPEAR after your appointment. Even if you are sure you found the right doctor finally, they aren’t going to coddle you. You can research and make notes all you want, but it will be OVERWHELMING. So here is a condensed list of things to do right away and stick to it. Now that part really is up to you. (Coddle yourself! It is time.)
So your most basic motto right now should be EAT TO LIVE, not live to eat. Eat for what your body needs, and not necessarily what tastes absolutely amazing. That is not what’s going to help us. So keep “eat to live” in your head as you have yet another jar of overnight oats with organic fruit, chia seeds and olive oil.
However, what may prevent you from fully obtaining all the nutrients you need through fresh food are allergens. Dairy, gluten, nuts, shellfish, soy, eggs to name a few. Why do these allergies even exist? Your immune system incorrectly identifies some of the proteins in these foods as harmful. Then it goes into attack mode. This is also why some diseases, like those of the thyroid, exist. Your immune system gets confused and your hormones can go out of balance. This is why food is SO important to our well being. The gut controls so much of our body! You may already know that you are allergic to some foods. Or you may simply have intolerances that you already are controlling. (“I can’t eat bread or my stomach gets upset” or “The times I eat ice cream I didn’t feel good and became really lethargic”).
So whether you have serious allergic reactions, or simply problems digesting, both issues are not so simple and they are TELLING you something. Sometimes you may be eating foods that you’d be way better off without. You have just been dealing with the symptoms so long that you are used to them!
If you want to feel good, and be healthy, and PROLONG YOUR body and brain functions, therefore your LIFE, here are my steps:
- First just cut out all DAIRY and GLUTEN. It won’t hurt to try! You may notice a difference right away. These are two of the easiest things to cut out. There’s plenty of milks to use, like oat milk, which is the most sustainable to our earth and friendly to our people. (Cashews are the worst nut to use for anything because of how many people have to SUFFER through harvesting them!) And there are so many gluten free bread and cracker products that you don’t have to feel like you are missing something. How bad do you want to feel GOOD?
- Meat eating vs. plant eating. I have decided in the past month to stop eating meat. I slipped up a few times as that decision progressed, but I have found as I stopped eating meat completely for at least a week, my digestion improved and I felt so much more energy. I started to crave carrots. I have always liked carrots, so that’s not really a surprise, but I wanted them even more. I think my body is missing veggies so now I am going to be meat free as much as possible. It takes your body less time to digest meat, so in my eyes, that is always a better idea because you want to put less “load” on your system.
- Now that some MAJOR parts of your diet are cleaned up, the next thing you want to avoid are: LECTINS. Lectins are odd proteins that can bind to sugars and cause problems for your gut and therefore all other processes in your body including cognitive. So avoid these foods which have lectins: red kidney beans, soybeans, wheat, peanuts, tomatoes and potatoes.
- Avoid food with omega 6. This includes: processed snacks, fast foods, cakes, fatty meats, and cured meats. Arachidonic acid (omega 6) can be found mainly in the fatty parts of meats and fish (largely red meat), so vegetarians usually have lower levels of arachidonic acid in the body than those with omnivorous diets.
- Bye bye SUGAR. Just don’t.
- So what CAN you eat? Well, it’s basically nothing but you’ll get used to it. (Remember, eat to live?) You will survive on the purest of the pure and add supplements.
- Prevent bloating in your new lifestyle by eating quinoa, papaya, asparagus, pineapple, coconut yogurt, oats, bananas and cucumbers.
- Use a multi like RespiraSure to cover these foods and nutrients: more quercetin than 9 red onions, more vitamin C than 9 oranges, more EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate is a unique plant compound that is thought to reduce inflammation, aid weight loss, and help prevent heart and brain disease) than 25 avocados, more zinc than 8 eggs, and more vitamin D than 10 cups of mushrooms. Also quercetin is proven to aid with fighting COVID-19 (as well as all the others here of course, like C and D).
- Add olive oil to your food daily, two tablespoons or more, to provide your body with polyphenols. Phenols present in VOO, such as oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol and caffeic acid are strong antioxidants and radical scavengers which can help to revert the imbalance between increased oxidative stress and impaired antioxidant defense that affects endothelial function. High phenol olive oils include Wild Groves and Atsas.
- Omega 3s- You need DHA and EPA for SO MANY REASONS. Get them into your body daily. You can take them in pearl form for ease of swallowing and less burps. Omega 3s help with neuroinflammation which can be a cause of many things including depression.
- Magnesium l-threonate: Promotes memory and overall cognitive function; Research showed Magnesium L Threonate promoted recall, age related memory health, and promoted the creation of new neural pathways. It also supports sleep quality; Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer which can help calm the brain at bedtime; It may help support sleep quality and healthy sleep habits
- Tocotrienols- essentially vitamin E. These capsules will protect you from neuroinflammation and promotes whole body health and inhibits oxidation.
- Oligosaccharides- OligoWHAT? This is in many probiotic powders. It treats bacterial and viral infections. Even COVID-19 hates to see these coming.
- Collagen – you need that for everything in your body too. It can be plant based… but is usually better for your body if not. This contradicts everything else I wrote about it meat vs. plants, so I saved it for last. Collagen is a personal decision.
This may seem like A LOT to digest (haha, digest…) but it’s all worth it. One step at a time, and will be part of your routine. As if you were born that way.