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.
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