Being at home over the last couple of weeks has given me the space and time to research and think about a subject which is close to my heart – how the food we eat affects our health.
Now this may seem like a boring topic to some of you, but just think about your goals and dreams for the future. Without a healthy body, the truth is that it is far more difficult to achieve those goals and dreams.
That is why it is so worth looking at what you eat, because it can have a great impact on your health.
Just look at me how I changed the quality of my blood in a few months by eating better foods, by taking super duper vitamins, by drinking more water. This meant that the NHS doctors didn’t put me on Warfarin for the rest of my life. HUGE!
One of the books I’ve been reading is called, ‘Healing the Eye the Natural Way’ by Edward C. Kondrot.
While Eye health may not be of interest to you, on page 16, Kondrot, lists four components of anti-ageing
1. Increase oxygenation of tissues,
2. Make the metabolic processes more efficient,
3. Target nourishment to tissues and cells,
4. Detoxify tissues and cells
So what do these four things have to do with anything, you may ask yourself. Well…with more oxygen every organ and everything in your body works better.
With a good digestive system your body is able to use the nutrients from your food and self-heal more effectively.
If your body is not able to detoxify and remove wastes they end up clogging up your system and it gets slower and less efficient and eventually becomes diseased.
So these four components are absolutely vital when thinking about your future, your goals, your dreams.
Kondrot talks about nutrition in the first chapter of the book and interestingly enough he doesn’t say to radically change everything about your diet.
What he does say is first to look at what you are eating. Then he says to improve the quality of the foods you are eating. (Granted if you are eating junk food every night or eating a ton of chocolate or drinking too much, you may need to look at these things…or alternatively if you have any allergies to the food you eat you may need to look at this too)
So let’s do a food audit together. If you know what you eat, then you know what you are putting into your body.
Kim’s Food Audit:
Breakfasts: Natural yogurt and fruit, eggs and toast on weekends
Lunches: olive bread/oat biscuits and cheese/tomatoes, baked potatoes, salads
Dinners: chicken/fish/sausages with potatoes/rice and veggies, pasta, roast on a Sunday
Snacks: not much but chocolate biscuits if I have them…
Water: 3 big glasses a day but sometimes nothing
Alcohol: 1 glass a night (trying to cut that down)
What does the balance of your food look like?
What Kondrot says is that a simple thing you can do to improve your health through nutrition is to improve the quality of the food you eat. He suggests buying food at a farmers market or a health store (I think he suggested the fruit and veg…)
Now I know that this is more expensive and if you have a family this might not be possible.
Perhaps you could instead buy fruit and veg from the supermarket that were in season, which means that the food has not travelled so far to get to you…
Perhaps you could buy some things from the farmers market, the health store?
Currently we shop at supermarkets like you, but if I could, I would definitely try to improve the quality of the fruit and veg we eat.
I really do believe that there is a lot to be said for building health through nutrition and it’s very much about the choices you make every day.
Over the next six months I am going to try to improve my health through nutrition and I’ll report back and let you know how I get on.