Part 1 - Keys to Health
What are the keys to health? Is it being at a certain weight or doing the right exercise movement for where we are in life?
Yes and ...
The food we eat makes up our tissues, organs, cells, glands, and whole body. The food we eat truly makes up who we are, along with the thoughts we think.
The foods we eat every day are the keys that will sustain our health, maintain our health, and if we are sick, these keys will help us regain our health. These keys are the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, phytonutrients, fibre, and water and all of this makes us who we are.
The keys to health are to consume whole foods over processed dead food that has a sustained shelf life of the man-made product.
In this course, you are going to be doing most of the processing of your food in your own kitchen. Learning how to prep and cook and nourish your body will give you the optimal health and wellness you are looking for. If you have been suffering from those symptoms like brain fog, digestive issues, weight gain, mood changes, low libido etc. The food you eat will and can improve how you are feeling today.
Food is your life force. We want to eat food that will go bad in a week. We want to consume food that has naturally appeared in nature. If it ran across the earth, eat it. If it swam in the sea, consume it; if it grew from the earth, enjoy it.
I know that this can seem daunting depending on where you are at in your health journey, but I want you to know I am here every step of the way. If you're like me and you are all in, then go for it, be all in. You will see in the videos how I revamped my pantry and the swaps I made to ensure I was looking after my health and the health of my family the best I could. If that seems too overwhelming to take on, then I want you to know that is ok; you will still get benefits from this course. Start slow in making those changes; progress is progress.
In these next few months, I want you to connect more with your body and the food you are putting into your body on a whole new level. I want this to be exciting, like an adventure or an experiment. This journey is to be enjoyed as you make delicious food for you and your family, knowing you are taking the very best care of all of you.
Why does this matter so much? Well, we are living in a time of westernized, industrialized, developed countries. Cancer rates are expected to triple in countries where more fast food and convenience foods are being introduced. Heart disease and diabetes are at an all-time high in North America. Most of these diseases are preventable with good food, good lifestyle practices and good thought. Feeding yourself and your family well is the best insurance policy to enjoy a full, wonderful life. In my practice, I see women who are tired all the time, worn down, and frustrated with how their body feels today. They feel stuck and exhausted,calo and that is a combination I knew all too well.
I know calorie counting in the fitness industry has been such a main focus to “losing weight” and “being healthy”. You could eat 200 calories of nacho chips, chocolate chip cookies, skittles, broccoli, kale or cucumbers. All can be 200 calories, but not all hold the same value of nutrition that will build your body up, maintain your health and or heal your body if needed. We actually burn the calories that make up whole food way better than we would when we eat processed foods.
When we start to look at food, we need to look at what makes up the food we eat. The micro and macronutrients. The macros are made up of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. Many health professionals pay a lot of attention to these 3 macros, which are important, but what I want to bring your attention to, which is just as important if not more important to women's health as we age, is the micronutrients. See, with the macros, you can have good fats and bad fats, good carbohydrates and not-so-good carbohydrates, and of course, good protein and processed bad protein. With micronutrition, we want to care about vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. We want to eat the foods most rich in all of these micronutrients. The foods like sweet potatoes, kale, beans, and berries, are all foods that don’t have health packaging.
When you focus on getting more of these foods, the keys to health foods into your body every cell in your body knows what to do with it. If your body needs to lose weight, it will; if you need to gain weight, it will. Whatever your body needs when you eat a rich diet in whole foods and supplement with whole food products, your body will calibrate appropriately once it is getting what it needs.
Once you bring in the practice of eating foods that will bring you the keys to health, we then introduce the concept of conscious eating. By not eating in your car or in front of your computer, you will pay more attention to the way in which you eat and how you consume what you are eating. You will sit down, notice your food, chew your food, enjoy your food and begin to feel how that food actually tastes and makes you feel. When you begin to eat your food consciously, you also will notice the unconscious triggers - like an email or a fight with your kid or not drinking enough water - that make you unconsciously want to grab the chips or the alcohol or the sugar-filled foods that will leave you feeling tired, worn down and break down the keys to health. This step comes naturally when you begin to feed your cells with whole foods and nourish your body with whole food supplements. You end up becoming more conscious about what you are eating and the thoughts you think.
Whether you decide to be completely vegan or vegetarian or decide to eat all real whole foods, one thing that will unite us all is food will either become your medicine or your slowest form of poison.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
Remember, healing takes time, just as it did to create the environment your body is in today. I want you to give yourself so much grace, like you would if your girlfriend or mother needed it if she was on this journey. Peri/menopause is really a beautiful time in your life; I know it may not feel that way right now. At the end of this course, you will be empowered, and energized, and have a clear understanding of how to support your body no matter your age or stage.