Eat This Not That
by Michelle M Pearson
I got to thinking about this article when I was asked recently to give a client the list of “No’s” while we were completing a three-day intensive consultation. The request is for a list that says “eat this not that.” It’s a tremendously common request, so I thought it would make a great post for today.
You may not know, but part of what we do is to travel to meet clients where they are or where they live and spend three to four days formulating a game plan to recover health.
During these private consultations, we typically do a thorough exam and consultation, examine lifestyles, likes, dislikes, and personal patterns to come up with a real plan for health that truly works within the framework of their lives and schedules.
There are so many diets, plans, programs, opinions and teachings from dieticians, nutritionists, and coaches with “certifications” from 1000 different organizations, and more, the question and frustration becomes… how is a person to know what exactly is the best way to recover health and start eating healthy? Especially for those in leadership, whether it be the family, or leadership of companies, ministries, politics, etc., who frequently travel, eat out often, sleep little, and exercise not at all or perhaps, even too much!
So, as far as giving the list of “no’s”, my response is that I prefer to give the “Yes’s!” Here’s something it would serve you very well to write down and commit to memory:
“Reclaiming health has everything to do with getting free FROM bondage and getting free TO boundaries that build up not bind up!”
Many of you may have heard me say this before, but it always bears repeating… it’s what we have learned over the 40+ years in healthcare, clinical practice, wellness coaching, and many years of a personal struggle now turned to a victorious life based on freedom:
Ready? Here it is in a nutshell:
If you work with the body’s divine design, it produces health.
If you work against the design, it produces disease.
So what does that mean regarding selecting what foods to eat? The primary consideration is the current state of health as exhibited by pH, weight, blood glucose, endocrine function, and any symptoms of diseases, etc. Most folks come to us because they are not in ideal health.
For most clients we train back to wellness, obviously dropping sodas, increasing water, minimizing added sugars and altered fats (trans-fats) are the first baby steps to health. The next level would be to dramatically increase stamina and strength with alkalizing the body and adding in some great fats.
From there, we focus on introducing some much needed and very specific cellular nutrients that will boost the immune system and healing power in the body. These strategies are very lifestyle specific and will vary from person to person. That’s why our private or group coaching works so well and produces so many measurable results!
If you desire to work with the body’s design, your food intake will need to include clean, naturally occurring sources of protein, animal and vegetable fats, carbohydrates, fiber, and water. All of these elements combine to satisfy the very basic cellular needs of the body, by design.
To work with the body’s design, your body requires 65-85% of plant-based nutrition coming from veggies, nuts, seeds, and some fruits. The remaining portions, approximately 15-35%, more or less depending on sex, size, stature, and activity level, should be comprised of healthy fats, clean proteins, and a handful or two of whole grains or other low-glycemic carbohydrates.
The closer your foods come to their natural state of availability, meaning food that is minimally processed and not genetically altered, the better they can be utilized by the body for health and healing. Get free from the Eatertainment industry! If it doesn’t spoil, rot, or rust, it is not natural! If it’s shelf life is longer than if you made it yourself in your kitchen – toss it out and do without! Preservatives are all about money and marketing, not health. It’s providing convenience to you at the cost of your health.
This is only a very brief look at what a healthy eating style consists of and, of course, leaves a lot of questions. So go ahead… take a step right now. Leave some of your questions below and we will try to answer a few in upcoming blogs.
New wellness training groups will begin shortly, AND we have a boot camp beginning January 1st so get ready for that too! We invite you to join us for our podcasts and also in The Joshua Groups for more training on topics like these.
The bottom line folks is to learn to make choices that work with the body so that it works for you! Be here to enjoy the life you are building by building a vessel that will last for the journey!
We will cover a few more general suggestions in the next blog post. But that’s a teaspoon full of power for today! So in closing, let’s make this simple…
Eat real food. Enjoy your meals in a way that let’s you also enjoy long life. And invest in yourselves by enlisting the right coaches to help you recover real health in every area of life. The right coaches matter.
We will be back in a few days with another article. Until then, remember, freedom not bondage. All things are permissible. Not all things are beneficial.