What “DIET”is Best? Foods to Foster Major Health Change
The foundational element for all physiological shifts in the body is food and diet. What kind of nutrients are you putting in your body?
Eat Foods That Rot
If you’re still eating processed food, start thinking about, is this food gonna rot? Because if you have a food in your pantry that’s been sitting for months or a year, there’s obviously preservatives in that, so it is not ideal.
You must eat foods that rot because legitimately we do not evolve genetically very quickly as a species. So unfortunately, a lot of those foods that are way too easy to grab off the grocery shelf were created with the tweaking of those foods and the preservatives have only been around for less than a hundred years. Our genes are not capable of adapting to the significant change in our food supply that we have had for such as short period of time.
Organic and Seasonal
Our decisions at the checkout stand determine the trend in which the market purchases. Congratulations to all of us buying organic, we helped to make a change in the consciousness of these big grocers, because the availability of organic has been multiplying substantially. Now we have more access to organic than five years before and the prices are going down.
I know it is a little bit more expensive but I promise you it is worth the investment, because the crap that they spill all over those non organic produce is so bad for us. Eating seasonal is going to save you money at the grocery stores.
Eating Grains or Going Grain Free
Grain in particular is one of those highly sensitive foods for a lot of people. It can have the biggest impact when we start to eliminate it and start to slowly reintroduce one food item every 72 hours. Every 3 days bringing one grain again so you can find out what you are sensitive to.
The problem with grains and the reason why some people are struggling, is mostly because of the spray we are using in our crops. We are having a lot of allergic reactions to grain because our digestive system is seeing all these toxins coming in with the grain.
Grain versus Grain Free depends on the individual. If you’re just starting out, get rid of gluten and see how your body responds. If that is not enough, get rid of grain completely. Give yourself 21 - 30 days to see if there’s a difference. Then you can start in reintroducing one grain at a time to see if you are responding to the grain.
Paleo versus Plant Based
Paleo is a popular concept of dieting where we eat more along the lines like our ancestral pattern. It is eating a lot of grain free, produce, fruits, vegetables and animal protein
Plant based you don’t need to rely so much on animal protein.
After sharing the four principles, I don’t want you to think that you have to follow a specific diet. I want you to try different things until you find what works for you that makes you feel good. If you get stuck, you need to do some lab assessments to figure out what is really going to work best for you.
When you’re talking about changing your diet, I would invite you to have the mindset of “What can I eat more of”. Let go of the idea of “What I can not eat”. Every time you sit down to eat, think about how the food is going into your system and nourish your body.
We can approach our food on how we nourish our body with an abundant mindset. I feel it makes all the difference in the world, in helping your subconscious mind adopt on a level of consistency that is required to facilitate long term health shifts.
To wrap up, I want to share my favorite power foods. I would love for you to start including more of these in your diet.
- cacao nibs,
- chia seeds,
- flax seeds,
- acai berry,
- goji berries
- and hemp seeds.
Incorporate these superfoods in your diet and include them when you go to your grocery stores.
Have a great day!
- Dr. Melissa Esguerra