10 easy ways to start your journey to better health for a happier you
July 22, 2016
No matter what you want to achieve with your health, at Healthier Habits I always recommend the removal of processed foods and chemicals from your life. But what does this actually mean? You may be surprised at what is causing inflammation in your body.
Remove Inflammatory Foods
The most common food groups that cause inflammation in our bodies are sugar, processed grains and processed dairy. Just because you do not have a medically acknowledged allergy to a food does not mean that it is not causing inflammation in your body.
Let's start with wheat. The way we grow and process wheat and the way we make products from wheat has changed dramatically in the last 50 years. Modern wheat causes many people difficulty to digest resulting in inflammation and disease. There are some ancient forms of wheat still available (such as Emmer or Spelt) and once the gut is healed, many people reintroduce these wheats successfully into their diet.
Removing wheat and dairy can seem daunting. There are many wonderful recipes and advice for what to eat instead to help you if you decide to remove those food groups from your diet to see how you feel. It may be that those foods do not create a problem for you, but until you remove them for a few weeks, you won’t know!
Remove Processed Foods & Sugar
Removing processed foods also removes the bulk of the sugar that we consume. Sugar has a role to play but it is useful to limit sugar when we are in the process of healing. We live in a fast paced world and this includes the preparation and consumption of food. When foods are cooked slowly, they retain so much of their nutrient value. Overheating cooking oils and cooking our food at too high a temperature or too quickly changes its composition and oxidises fats which our bodies then have to deal with!
Heal the Gut - Pre & Probiotics
The next step is to heal the gut. Now that the body isn’t reacting to foods being consumed, you can concentrate on healing the gut. This can be a simple process for some people and a long process for others – depending on how much damage your gut has suffered. To heal the gut you need to introduce into your diet fermented vegetables and drinks, pre and probiotics, bone broths and gelatin, green vegetables and good quality, natural fats.
Fermented Drinks & Vegetables, Gelatin & Bone Broth and Antioxidants
Fermented vegetables can be made quickly and easily in your own kitchen and can be almost any vegetable that you like. Fermented drinks include kombucha and kefir and again, these can be made at very low cost, quickly and easily in your own kitchen. Bone broths are a great source of gelatin which is critical to healing the gut and soothing an inflamed immune system. These are made by slow cooking bones in water with a dash of vinegar for a long period of time. You can use the broth in soups, stews, currys and any place where stock is used. Gelatin can also be used in raw deserts or to make lollies with fruit or vegetable juice and this is a great way to get gelatin into children. Green vegetables are antioxidants so they help the body to clean up damage from oxidation and provide critical fibre, nutrients and minerals. Our bodies need good quality fats such as olive and coconut oil, avocado, nuts and seeds and animal fats.
These ways of eating have been known to us for generations however they have been lost in the last 50 years. As we race around completing task lists that are constantly full, we neglect to properly feed ourselves and our families and we are lacking in the vital nutrients that allow our body to perform at its best.
If you would like Healthier Habits to create a gut healing protocol for you or to ask a question about how to start on your health journey, send me an email at email@example.com.