It’s been nearly a year now since I started my journey to better health through nutrition. If you’re a regular reader of mine, you know that I’ve suffered from multiple autoimmune disorders (asthma, fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, dyshidrotic eczema, and psoriasis) for most of my life. I spent many years and much money looking at traditional and non-traditional methods to restore my health. What I finally learned is that it all boils down to what I put in and on my body. So, here, I will share with you what to eat and what to avoid if you want to be healthy.
What to Eat
This is the simplest, yet the most difficult, part. Eat whole food. Real food. Non-processed food. Food without additives. This is what I ate to regain my health:
- Simple carbohydrates: vegetables, fruits, and raw, local honey
- Easily digestible fats: ghee, coconut oil, and egg yolks
- Easily digestible protein: wild-caught fish, organic chicken, and 100% grass fed beef
- Bone broth
- Probiotic rich foods (like kefir and sauerkraut)
It’s simple because this food doesn’t come in boxes or cans. It comes from the farmer and the rancher, the fisher and the gatherer. This food comes in a rainbow of colors. It is full of flavor and nutrients that your body recognizes.
It’s difficult because most people didn’t grow up eating real food and aren’t used to it. Our taste buds have been adulterated by sugar and processed foods, so real food doesn’t taste good (until your body purges the sugar; then it’s delicious). Processed foods are more readily available and our culture likes to eat on the go. When we go out or visit with others, they offer processed foods. So it does take a resolve to change the way you eat.
Here are some recipes to get you going, however, I’ve found that keeping it simple is best. For breakfast, I make my Super Duper Restoring Smoothie. For lunch, I usually have a baked sweet potato (with ghee, Himalayan salt, Ceylon cinnamon, and some walnuts or pecans) and a mug of bone broth. For dinner, I’ll pick a protein and a veggie (salmon and asparagus; scrambled eggs and green beans; taco salad). My go-to snack is homemade applesauce.
What to Avoid
The list of what not to eat grows every day as new, fake foods come on the market seemingly daily. Here are the top foods to avoid:
- GMO food
- Food additives like MSG
- Pasteurized food
- Anything you’re allergic to or intolerant of
Why You Should Change What You Eat
Many people never connect how they feel to what they eat, yet food is fuel for your body. You wouldn’t put water in your car’s fuel tank and expect it to run properly, would you? Our bodies were made to withstand a lot of punishment, but at some point, they can’t handle any more abuse and they break down. As I said last week, just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy.
Most of the food available to us is unhealthy, and the government is making it more difficult for us to know what’s in the food we eat. As more and more people demand healthy food, the more this will change. But it will take people who care about what they eat.
What I know is that I’m so much healthier now, 35 pounds lighter, and I’m looking forward to more healing coming into manifestation. Yes, it was hard work and I’ve seen over the past year that most people aren’t willing to put in that work. But when your reason for getting better becomes greater than your reason for holding on to the things that are making you sick, you will be able to flip the switch in your head and just do it.
So now you know what to eat and what to avoid if you want to be healthy.
Learn more in my new book, Be in Health: Bible-Based Health Restoration: Living in Harmony with God’s Ways Regarding Health. Available now.