Good Health is a Choice Not a Chance. Lets say that again, Good Health is a Choice Not a Chance.
We live in a culture that wants us to believe that we are predisposed to developing a specific illness based on our family history, and that aches and pains come as the inevitable token of getting older. I very strongly disagree with both these beliefs.
I’ve been in practice for 15 years and I still keep hearing similar words from many of my clients the very first time we meet: “diabetes (or cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, etc…) runs in my family, so it was just a matter of time for me to get it”. My reply to them is usually this: “Your lifestyle, NOT your genes, created a dysfunction in your body”. Although one might carry a gene that predisposes him/her to potentially develop a condition in his/her lifetime, it’s the LIFESTYLE that he/she chooses to adopt that will ultimately be the key that opens the door to the disease, or keeps it closed.
We have been bombarded and brain washed for decades into believing that specific food groups (a.k.a. carbs, fats) are bad. This has been the biggest lie ever, and has caused so much suffering! The truth is, food is NOT the enemy. The chemicals that have been added to our food and the nutrients that have been removed from our food are the enemies. So the question is: What is food? Followed immediately by another question: Is what you are eating food?
WHAT IS FOOD?
The Webster dictionary gives the following definition for food: Substance from plant or animal origin containing or consisting of essential nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients, fiber, which, when ingested and assimilated through digestion, are usable by the body for energy to sustain life, growth, repair, and maintenance of health and vital bodily processes and functions.
As you can see, chemically made preservatives, sulfites, sulfates, nitrites, nitrates, artificial sweeteners, synthetic replicas of nutrients, artificial flavors, artificial colors (a.k.a. red 40, yellow 5 & 6, blue 1, etc…) and any multi-syllable words we cannot pronounce are not listed in the Webster definition, and are therefore NOT food!
One of the sessions I do with my clients very early on as part of their wellness plan is to take them to the grocery store they normally shop at, and teach them how to read food labels, and identify if what they have been consuming is actually REAL food, or pseudo-food / non-food / food-like items /Frankenfood.
In his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Weston Price DDS, who has been called the Charles Darwin of Nutrition, demonstrates the importance of whole food nutrition, and the degeneration and destruction that comes from a diet of processed foods. He wrote this in the late 1930’s, after a 35-year long epic study of various indigenous people around the world. Price found that native people living free of modern foods had strikingly good teeth and health in general, whereas populations inundated with processed foods had awful teeth and typically equally bad health. Simply put: Processed “food” = ill health, so each spoonful becomes either an act of nourishment or an act of assisted suicide. Which one do you chose? Yes, indeed, good health is a choice, not a chance, and it begins with good nutrition, from eating real food!