It has been a long time since I’ve put my thoughts into a blog, but that is not to say that I haven’t thought about blogging. I often start a blog in my head, or take a photo of a meal, and think – this would be a great topic. But when I go to write it down, the thoughts don’t flow.
I have now finished the third year of my Naturopathy degree – the catalyst for beginning this blog, and it has been a wonderful three years of learning, exploring, and deepening my understanding of the interactions between thoughts, emotions, stress, nutrients, and food, on our physiological and psychological make up.
It has brought me to a few realisations.
– Most people are happy being ignorant about what is in food, and what foods they require. And I say that without malice intended. I used to be, I thought that if I didn’t think about it, it didn’t affect me. Until it did. At some point, we all need to take responsibility for our own health.
– There is a large amount of misinformation out there regarding ‘healthy’ eating, some of it from authority figures, and trusted sources. Australia is lagging behind at the moment in regard to new evidence that is coming to light about what actually constitutes a healthy diet, despite other countries drastically changing their food pyramids, and recommendations.
– As a society we rely far too heavily on carbohydrates as our main food source, and it is making us fat, insulin resistant, and unhappy, and leading to the rise in diabetes, cancer and most chronic disease states.
– The majority of items in a supermarket are not in fact food. And i’m talking about things packaged to be eaten. They provide negative nutrients because they use up the ones you do have to process and digest them.
– Most conditions – whether it is acute or chronic, serious or not can be greatly improved through diet. When studying the top conditions that cause hospital admissions, and death recently, the main advice consisted of: Eat more fruit and vegetables of all colours and shapes, eat less or no refined foods, eat less sugar, eat more fish, and healthy oils/fats, drink more water. Seriously. Just eat real food.
– One of the mainstays of naturopathic philosophy is that prevention is better than cure. And there are so many diseases and conditions that could be prevented and treated with nutritional and herbal medicines. Even if they need to be medically managed we can work alongside to manage any symptoms from pharmaceutical medicines, or improve their efficacy.
– Our gut health is so intrinsically linked to almost all other aspects of our wellbeing. It can affect mental, and emotional health, it can lead to an increase in allergies and intolerances, it can affect skin conditions, and is implicated in some of the autoimmune condition severity – not just those linked to the gut like coeliacs, but MS as well. Sometimes healing the gut is not as simple as taking probiotics, but that doesn’t mean its not possible, nor extremely worthwhile.
– Lastly, we really are what we eat. Our cells are a reflection of the ‘ingredients’ they have available to them when being formed. The outer layer of all of our cells are made of essential fats and influence how well the cell functions, and communicates with other, the inner requires different proteins and nutrients to build enzymes and power our mitochondria – where we make energy, and therefore, a diet deficient in any required nutrient will impact somewhere in the chain.
I will endeavour to expand on all of those points over the coming weeks – however if you have any questions please do not hesitate to comment.
It won’t be as long between blogs anymore I promise :)