We’re officially into The Season Of Eating, where many of us will actually EXPECT to gain weight, somewhere between 5 and 10 pounds, by January 1, 2015. Not me. Not Mark. And I want you to say, Not Me Either.
I don’t want you on a diet, I don’t want you to count calories or carbs or fat. I want you to start thinking of Food as Information, because the Food We Put In Our Mouth Becomes Who We Are.
So how are you?
Symptoms, like those listed in the title, are a “sign of the existence of something, especially of an undesirable situation.” Sugar cravings, pimples on your butt,….they’re signs of Nutrient Deficiencies, not medicine deficiencies. Do you want to be a Happy Weight, with great energy, hair, skin, low levels of inflammation and perfect digestion? You need to feed your cells what God intended for them to eat.
Our bodies are made from Water (~60%), Proteins/amino acids (~16%), Fatty Acids (~15%), Minerals (~4%), Vitamins (~2%), and LESS than 2% (made from) Carbs/Sugar. If we eat a diet LOADED in carbohydrate ( say…..11 servings of grains a day per My Plate), plenty of Low Fat foods, chemicals that make things taste/smell/look like ACTUAL food, bad oils, and Drugs – for all our ills – we’re in trouble.
“Food is Information; we’re NOT a calories in/calories out model, we’re a chemistry set.” JJ Virgin.
Look at this short list of Symptoms. I’m going to attach possible deficiency causes, and I want you to start thinking of FOOD in terms of What It Does To Us, the good (glowing health), the bad (weight issues), and the ugly ( CANCER and DISEASE):
Sugar Cravings: You could be deficient in L-Glutamine, an amino acid that builds Dopamine. Dopamine alleviates anxiety (sugar momentarily does that, but long-term actually worsens the dopamine deficiency – it’s a vicious cycle). Is your addiction to sweets overpowering? Practice thinking of simple sugars as Devils Food, seriously. Processed sugar’s links to CANCER, Heart Disease, and Diabetes are concrete and undeniable. Supplementing with L-Glutamine is a great way to deal with cravings and addictions; ask me if you’re interested in trying this.
Pimples on your butt/arms/thighs/checks: You could be deficient in Omega 3, Vitamin A, or Vitamin D. Make a big effort to eat foods high in those nutrients: salmon, sardines, grass fed dairy, leafy greens, and orange/red fruits and veggies. Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil is a great source of all 3 nutrients, as are the Fruit/Veggie and Seafood areas at the grocery store.
Fatigue: So many possibilities, let’s just look at Adrenal Fatigue. Do you get enough fat? Your adrenal glands are made of fat, and the Fight/Flight hormones they make are produced from fat and cholesterol, and the Sex Hormones they make are produced from fat and cholesterol. Eat a low fat diet, and you’ll have low functioning Adrenal Glands, guaranteed.
Cracks at the corners of your mouth: iron, zinc, and B vitamin deficiency, and iron absorption is enhanced by Vitamin C, so maybe C deficiency. Do you get enough good red meats? Eggs from chickens allowed to eat bugs and plants, uncaged and free? Do you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables? Do you occasionally eat oysters or liver? They’re super nutrient dense.
Dry Skin: your skin is made from proteins and fatty acids. Do you eat enough? Look at your skin closely in the mirror and access it. Your skin is an ENORMOUS reflection of your diet. Do you eat too much sugar? Sugar, from grains, alcohol, and the white stuff, GLYCATES our skin cells. That means glucose molecules ( from sugar/alcohol/ and grains ) improperly attach to our skin cells and destroy both their function and their ability to communicate. This is evidenced as premature wrinkling and age spots. Quit eating sugar, and add Bone Broth.
Headaches/High Blood Pressure/Diabetes/Cardiovascular Issues/Muscle Cramps: there’s a good chance you’re Magnesium deficient. Statistically, 80% of Americans are Magnesium deficient, which is a bad thing. Magnesium’s involved in several hundred chemical reactions necessary for good health. Foods which SHOULD be high in Magnesium are leafy greens, avocados, nuts, and seeds. We’ve got a problem though; food gets it’s minerals from the soil, and our soil is almost devoid of Magnesium; this also applies to organic food unless it’s been grown in soil to which minerals have been added. Another depleter of Mag? Round-up; actually the chemical in Round-up called glyphosate, which “chelates” or grabs on to and EXPELS from our body, several minerals including Magnesium. (A good reason to avoid GMO)
My point here, Magnesium Supplementation is pretty much a MUST for everyone. Even a diet full of Magnesium rich foods probably won’t supply the levels we need. Let me know if you need a recommendation, because the quality and origin of supplements matter.
Back to my opening; PRACTICE and FOCUS on thinking about food in terms of your health and your energy and your skin and your immune system. When you become careful about what you put in your mouth because your know that certain foods can cause Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Bad Skin, Thin Hair, and Depression, you have the strength and motivation to Just Say No without the stress.
Moms, this is why it’s easy for me to say NO to Shelby when she asked for “a Real Cake with Flour” for her 18th birthday. I’m not giving her cigarettes, I’m not giving her alcohol, I’m not giving her drugs, and I’m not giving her gluten and sugar. It’s Toxic. ( BTW, she’s my #4, so YES I know she eats crap, but on her own dime and not in the house. )
Be determined to become very conscious about what you eat. Every single food we eat sends signals and information and has hormonal effects that either make us healthier, or less healthy. Every single food. There are No Neutral Foods. Practice thinking of food in terms of what it contains in every way EXCEPT CALORIES. Calorie counting is a SHAM. It’ll just make you sick, CRAZY, and probably overweight ( 95-99% of EVERYONE who goes on a diet gains their weight back, 50% gain more than they lost.)
Need help? Get in touch with me. You can do this! You can change, you can lose weight, you can become healthier, you can improve the health of your whole family. Ditch the sugars, the grains, and the chemicals, and eat Real Whole Foods.