Whole foods are not just better building blocks for your life, they are the best building blocks for your life!
My center believes that optimal nutrition is achieved by eating whole foods. By consuming whole foods, we are receiving the known benefits but also the unknown benefits humanity has yet to discover.
It is important to understand that for the vast history of the human race we’ve been eating whole foods. It has only been in the past 100 years that humans have been eating foods that are highly processed or completely unnatural. It’s also in these past 100 years that the epidemics of obesity, heart disease, and cancer have come to be. We’d be remiss to make this simple and very real connection between our health and what we eat.
For several reasons, foods today are often devoid of nutritive value. The Western diet is comprised of mostly processed and refined foods that are stripped of their natural nutrients and consist of added sodium, hydrogenated oils and saturated fats. To complicate things, we are regularly exposed to many environmental toxins that also have a negative impact on our health.
Poor nutrition and deficiencies will initially lead to minor ailments and aches and pains. But in the long run they will lead to cardiovascular problems, depression, behavioral problems in children, diabetes, osteoporosis, cancer and more. It's like trying to build a house without an adequate foundation or doing so with inferior materials. Eventually it will come crashing down. Wholesome nutrition with whole foods is the single most important and controllable factor when it comes to health.
You’re probably wondering, where is the balance between the things I love to eat and what I need to cut back on? What can and what can't I eat in a whole food diet? Great question!
The answer may not be as clear most of us want to think. Many of us have an emotional connection to what we eat and how we eat. Part of my programs include a discovery time where you and I will look at what drives you to consume certain drinks or beverages. Together we will seek to recognize and understand what your triggers are and what alternatives we have. In this introspective period we work together to understand your relationship to food and where we want to forge ahead on an alternative path.
In short, the balance is one that you and I will find together. While all of us will benefit from more whole foods, no one size fits all. Through learning about your eating habits both you and I will find what exactly will work for you!