We have all heard the phrases ‘You are what you eat?’ ‘Don’t eat less, eat right’ just to quote a couple but have you ever really sat down and thought about whether you are eating for illness and wellness?
Today, there are many common dietary and lifestyle habits that over time can lead to illness. It may be the overuse of chemicals in the foods that we eat such as pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, artificial sweeteners to name just a few. It may be lack of exercise or the overeating of sugar, unhealthy fats or refined carbohydrates. It may also be a high stress lifestyle with no downtime and poor sleep. Regardless of the reason, there is only so much the body can take before symptoms begin to surface.
Unfortunately for many people it takes until the symptoms appear and beyond, before changes are made. Why is this? Many people have stressful & hectic lifestyles now with little time spent in the kitchen or focusing on their health and well-being. Sometimes it’s financial concerns or the fear of change or failure, even the worry about what other people think can be an influence.
If I could give only piece of advice to help shift your eating from illness to wellness it would be to eat more real food. If the majority of the food you eat comes out of a package or a bag that has an ingredient list then it may be time to rethink your diet. The grocery stores are getting bigger but they are filling their shelves with more food-like products and to reach optimal health this type of food needs to be reduced or eliminated.
Another aspect that should be considered is that we are all biochemically unique so a ‘one size fits all’ approach doesn’t always work. Most nutritional guidelines are very general and as we all have very unique nutritional needs these guidelines may not be sufficient. This is why I work with each one of my clients to design a personalized plan that will specifically help them overcome their main health concerns or reach their goals.
Whether you are experiencing symptoms such as digestive issues, high cholesterol or have been diagnosed with a specific condition or if you just want to get healthier book a free 30 minute no-obligation ‘pick my brain’ session to see how I can help you on your journey to reach optimal health.
Melanie Grime is a holistic nutritionist at the Collective Health Clinic serving the Orangeville, Dufferin, Wellington and Caledon areas. Melanie Grime RHN treats everyone as an individual with their own specific needs and helps clients suffering from health issues by looking for the root cause of symptoms and working with them to reach their health and nutrition goals. She specializes in weight loss, hormonal issues, detox, nutritional consulting and family nutrition.