You Are What You Eat

Updated: May 17, 2021

To really make vital changes to your well-being, look beyond a simple “ take some herbs ” approach. While herbs alone can dramatically improve health and alleviate disease and discomfort, they work much better as part of a multifaceted, holistic approach. Diet, lifestyle, and mind-body balance are the pillars of health, and no amount of tinctures or capsules can take their place.

Listen to Your Body

Not one diet fits all people and no one food is friend or foe to everyone. The perfect diet for you will be based off of your health issues, genetics etc. By simply eating a balanced healthy diet based on whole foods ; then listen to your body to determine what specifically works best for you. Keep a food diary to help you sleuth things out. Pay attention to how you feel after you eat a particular food, or a food prepared in a particular way. Do you feel more or less vibrant? Do you have digestive distress? Mood, inflammation, energy levels, and specific disease markers can all serve as clues. Some effects are immediate, while others take time to build. And of course, your needs and food sensitivities may change with your health status and as you age.

Healthy Traditions

Taking a look at a some of the diets that are closely linked to disease prevention and longevity include the Mediterranean diet, Indian, Asian, Vegetarian and Vegan. Your body will tell you what works best for you. You might do better with more or less protein, flexitarian (plant based diet with occasional inclusion of meat), gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free etc.

If you eat animal products like meat, dairy, and eggs, opt for pasture-raised, wild, or organic sources that have been treated humanely. This improves the nutrient profile dramatically while minimizing the problematic fats and chemicals associated with “ factory farm ” production.

To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” — François de La Rochefoucauld

Optimal Health

The optimal human diet for health and longevity is 100 % whole foods, 90 +% plant-based. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, plus some nuts and seeds. Cut out the highly processed foods, especially refined flours, sugars, and oils. And if you choose to eat animal foods, keep them to less than 10 % of your calories.

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