Nutrition, and what I know to be true

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As I’m wrapping up my Master’s degree in Holistic Nutrition, and entering into my thesis stage (a Food as Medicine cookbook, which I’m super excited about, and can’t wait to share with you!), I realize nutrition will always be a complicated, marketing-driven, politically-fueled beast.

After sifting through all of the muck and marketing and mud-slinging over the past several years, and getting to the heart of what really matters when it comes to food, nutrition, and good health, here is what I know to be true:

  1. Eating more vegetables and fruit will immediately improve your health, prolong your life, and quite possibly save your life if severe illness or disease strikes.
  2. When processed foods and processed carbohydrates are eliminated, your body will begin to repair itself, and disease can be prevented, slowed, or reversed.
  3. When you do 1 and 2 at the same time, the repair and healing happens faster.
  4. When it comes right down to it, insulin regulation is the key in weight management and disease management.
  5. Inflammation leads to disease. To keep inflammation down, see number 4.
  6. Toxins are stored in your fat cells, and when you don’t eat antioxidant-rich foods, your body makes new fat cells, specifically to store the excess toxins to keep them away from vital organs and general circulation. This causes inflammation and weight gain. See numbers 1 – 3.
  7. Dairy isn’t as great as I once thought, and I eat very little of it now, I hardly cook with it, and I really don’t promote it, especially as a health food. If you want to know why, see numbers 4 and 5.
  8. We don’t need whole grains to be healthy, or beans for that matter. They’re simply a nice to have, and in very small quantities.
  9. The studies vilifying meat have only been done with conventionally raised, similar studies have never been done with grass fed. I’d like to see the side-by-side comparison.
  10. I’m not convinced veganism and vegetarianism is healthy for long periods of time.
  11. I’m also not convinced we were made to only eat plants, or that raw is the way to go.
  12. The secret to good health is very simple, but not always easy.
  13. The only diet anyone on this planet needs to thrive is a diet based on whole foods, simply prepared, cooked from scratch.
  14. No matter how good our diet may be, we always need supplements.
  15. Our bodies talk to us, and tell us when something isn’t right. We should listen more carefully.

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-Dawn

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