We know our body ages, and part of the process seems we come increasingly disabled. The rate and the amount of disability is influenced by many factors. An overview is seen in the infographic below. Consider where you are on the scale, and consider your influencing factors. Have they been food choices, medications, genetics, stress, physical or emotional trauma? More than likely a combination of things.
The question now is, "What are you going to do about this?" It is ok to do nothing, if you are not ready, otherwise, seeking help from professionals can go a long way towards recovery. A combined approach of nutrition, supplements, emotional healing and 'letting' go are all part of the big picture. The primary and secondary change focus is guided by what created the issue to begin with. Still not sure, then drop us a line. If I can't help directly, I can link you with others who can.
Ok, have I got your total attention? Some of you are thinking, yeah, finally someone gave me an out. For some yes, but many no, I haven’t. Before you cut out any food group it is essential to investigate the cause in case there is something sinister that is treatable before things gets too bad. Cut plants foods out too early, and you are heading for disaster in the long run.
See fruit, vegetables and whole grains are excellent foods to regularly include in your eating pattern. They provide nutrients or building blocks, phytonutrients to protect against ageing, inflammation and disease, and fibre which feeds the gut cells, keeps the bowel clean, provides space for wastes to be removed from the body, and stimulates the immune and nerves system, for good. This is why we still encourage 2 fruit, 5 veg and 6 grains serves a day for the majority.
Food intolerances, Mental Health and gut issues in Australia are increasing. Increased awareness, diagnostics and people experimenting with their food choices are contributing factors. Symptoms linked back to salicylates, amines and glutamates; for some the amount & type of fibres; minerals oxalates, sulphates and for many bug imbalance include extreme fatigue, unexplained tiredness; chronic gastric reactions, severe bloating, IBS; hives eczema, psoriasis; chronic rhinitis, hay fever and asthma like reactions; headaches, migraines, arthritis, joint and muscle aches and pains, and this is the short list. There is a potential link to long term complications including some inflammatory auto-immune diseases if food sensitivities and imbalances are not corrected. Currently there isn’t any clear tests for these, and so an experienced eye, patience and testing of reactions is what is needed. A jigsaw puzzled for sure.
This is when you need help. When the symptoms are confusing and when you are at risk of nutritional imbalance or deficiencies by removing foods that protect but potentially harm. For more information, book in or find out when the next seminar, cooking class or open Nutrition Q & A are running to maximise your well being.
Wellness, by definition is “The state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal”[i]. Health on the other hand is described by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. [ii] Where do you fit in your journey? To feel energetic, alive, and pain free; reduce medication, symptoms, and be empowered by health choices working towards being happy, content and fulfilled?
In basic terms, our body is an exacting arrangement of chemicals that changes each time we eat, drink, think, feel, move, and medicate ourselves. Each change over time potentially changes body systems possibly leading to disease or wellness depending on our choices. We are not just a body but a multi-faceted being, living in a complex chemical and social world that has changed dramatically over the past 150 years; and we are playing catch up to reclaim true health within a very different environment.
Coming back to the WHO definition ‘complete physical, mental and social well-being’, is an encouraging statement. It encourages Health Practitioners to consider our client’s entire being, not just what they eat, drink or how much exercise. Each consultation must by definition go beyond the measurable health state into how a person feels in themselves and their wider community. Pathology and symptoms only give us a snap shot in time whereas medication, emotions, stress, food and relaxation create our pathology and symptoms. Each second our internal profile can change, similar to how weather changes the beach landscape. To highlight the value of individuality I prefer to take the time to get to know you, what your concerns are, how you see your life, health and state of wellness, without the human side of you, you are just a number and that is not good enough in my books.
What do you think, it is time to be considered as a person first, with real hopes, thoughts, aspirations and concerns? Are you looking for support and guidance, to have the space of change held for and with you? It this is an affirmative, then, please book in and we can walk this part of your journey.
[ii] Preamble to the Constitution of the World Health Organization as adopted by the International Health Conference, New York, 19-22 June, 1946; signed on 22 July 1946 by the representatives of 61 States (Official Records of the World Health Organization, no. 2, p. 100) and entered into force on 7 April 1948
A dietitian with an interest in mind, body, skill development and empowering people to help themselves. After living a lifetime in the first 40, it is now time take it easier and let things be and help others get their their 'life'.
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