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Nutritional Approach

Over the years my approach to nutrition has gone through many changes and evolutions. I have been a vegetarian, eaten all raw foods (including animal products) and have experimented with multiple dietary approaches for the last 20+ years.

Personal illness was a catalyst for my learning. Cancer is not something you can take lightly. Some things worked really well, and some things did not. I found there were many approaches one could take when working with nutrition. I discovered that, underneath the many various diets out there,  there were basic principles which, if followed, could make a big difference in how we feel both physically and mentally.

Several years ago one of my mentors pointed out me the importance of having a healthy internal environment. This approach radically changed my thinking and brought me new awareness of the foods I was eating. From here, I developed my approach to diet and nutrition, which emphasizes more than just the foods we eat. Unless and unless we obtain a healthy internal terrain, we cannot digest the foods that we eat nor get the proper nutrition to feed our brains and bodies. Yet this is the commonplace reality for many people today, and the source of additional stress in our already overly stressful lives. By contrast, the more we support our internal ecosystem, the less stress we experience and the happier we feel. Our bodies then work like a well-oiled machine.

There are many diets out there.  Some are helpful, but many are not. Some can even make a person’s conditions worse. We are all different and will have unique needs.  The body is dynamic and always changing. What we need will depend on many factors. How we handle stress will be a big indicator in what our bodies require. Stress, over any prolonged period of time leads to an assortment of nutritional deficiencies. Because of this what works for one person may not work for another. Each of us must find our own point of balance. Even so, there are certain principles that govern how the body works and what is necessary for optimal health. By incorporating some of these principles, we can give our bodies what they require for self-regulation.  Hair Mineral Analysis has been a great tool for identifiying what foods will best support a person’s metabolism and which supplements are most beneficial to the individual’s specific imbalances.

The first step is to understand how our internal environment works. As with an aquarium, we must look more deeply into the basic supportive elements, such as minerals, water, probiotics and food.

Water
Water is one of the first and most important things. The brain just like the body needs water in order to perform, as we want it to. It has been proven now over time that when we are parched it will affect our brains. In fact, dehydration will lead to a rise is stress hormones. Physically this can manifest as...
Fats
This is a complex topic but important to understand since the brain is made from 60% fat. This fact alone tells us how important fats are for a healthy functioning brain and nervous system. Fatty acids from fats are what help build the brain. There are many kinds of fats but the ones that seem to be significantly benefit the...
Cholesterol
When you start discussing fats and eating more fats, as has been proposed, then the natural concern that often arises is, ‘ what about my cholesterol?’ The first believed truth is that elevated cholesterol is related to potential cardiovascular risk. There now is a plethora of evidence and research showing that this is in fact incorrect. The cholesterol concern is...
Carbohydrates / Sugar
Carbohydrates i.e. sugars are the main fuel for the brain. The human brain only needs 1-2 teaspoons of sugar a day to function properly, which believe it or not, can be obtained from proteins and fats alone since the body can converts these to sugar. That is correct just 1-2 tsp. a day. I am not saying we should not...
Protein
There are many belief systems that surround protein and how much we should eat.  Let’s consider though some very important facts.  Proteins are what help connect the brain.  When we eat proteins they break down into amino acids.  It is these amino acids that help form neurotransmitters, which help connect the brain.  It is through communication of neurotransmitters that we...