Healthy eating vs eating for health

One crucial problem of our modern society is malnutrition, not from lack of food perspective but from the lack of nutrient rich food we eat. It is not surprising that we are awakening to a new interest in what we call “Naturopathic Nutrition”, where the quality of the food source, and how it affects our bodies becomes priority.

As a Naturopathic Nutritionist, I see in clinic the result of all these “beneficial artificial” foods that promise to help our health but in reality are creating havoc  in our bodies,  whoever stuck the “s” in “fast food” was a clever person! it is confusing right? With that in mind, lets get back to basics…

What is really Naturopathic Nutrition?

It is about looking at you as a whole: your history, childhood, operations, your emotional state…. everything matters. It is like looking through binoculars, that allow me to see you from a distance and also to focus on a specific point in time. It is about bringing the WHOLE person into focus, past and present, internal and external. This framework, results in client-centred, individualized, scientific evidence-based practices, and leads to informed and well-educated choices, for YOU, and your current challenges. It is a partnership established between you, the client and me, the practitioner.  It is not about looking to your current symptoms and throwing the superfood of the day at a complex health problem, promising to wash it away.

Everyday, new scientific studies expose the correlation between gut and brain health, gut and joint pain, gut and autoimmune conditions, allergies, intolerances, thyroid disease, slow metabolism… All body systems are interconnected, so if the food we put in our bodies is not clean and wholesome what could we expect as a result of it?

Trying to heal your body through food is not a case of “once ill, now well”. There is distance that spans over time, short for some, decades for others that has taken you where you are, different for all individuals. We all understand that artificially created food, or grown under sub-optimal conditions, cannot contribute to good health. Only natural, nutrient dense foods, can produce the degree of health that allows the body to start healing itself. As we all know medicine starting point was food, plants and herbs, so why not to empower yourself with the knowledge of what you specifically need and take action?

Three simple concepts sum up the properties of nutritious foods: natural (unprocessed, unrefined), alive (containing live enzymes), and good quality (organic, pesticide free). These can serve as a rough guide to everyone wishing to improve their health.

Awareness and understanding of our health needs, will inevitably lead to an improved diet. However, if what you need is to target the root cause of your disease and nip it in the bud, for example focusing your diet to reduce inflammation or improve digestion and absorption, the helping hand of a knowledgeable registered professional is paramount. Through mapping your own journey, we can design a protocol that works for you. Are you up to it?

In the next few months, I will give some practical tips for those who want to start making positive changes. In the meantime, you can get in touch or send me your questions at info@carmensnutrition.com

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