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Natural Awakenings NYC & Long Island

In This Issue: March 2023

Food, glorious food! 

How we eat has evolved over the years. Whenever science completes research on nutrition, disease and overall health, humans tend to embrace whatever new trend emerges as a result. Trying to figure out what’s in and what’s not, what we should or shouldn’t eat, is a maddening experience of sifting through ever-changing information to determine what is suitable for whatever ails us. 

Just when we think we have it figured out, after we’ve thrown away cupboards full of processed food and filled our fridge with organic items such as fruits and veggies, fish, lean meats, etc., something new comes along and we’re told to change again (although the processed food does need to go bye-bye for good!)

No one way of eating works for all, but we can agree that processed foods and sugar are not our friends. These were the first two things a nutritionist told me to kiss goodbye. But it didn't stop there; I had to get rid of dairy, gluten and “starchy” vegetables; oh my!

Those that suffer from an autoimmune disorder, as I do, are more than willing to figure out how to combat it with something that can be controlled—what we put in our mouths. My problem is I have a sweet tooth. Sugar increases inflammation in the body, which wreaks havoc on day-to-day life. No one wants to be on anti-inflammatory medications if they don’t have to, but what’s a gal to do?

Inform yourself. Read more. Do your research. That’s half the battle. Talk to your doctor to figure out a plan that gets you back to optimal health. Start slowly. When it comes to our health, the tortoise, not the rabbit, is the winner. The strategy is to go along at a steady pace, and when we hit the bumps, we back up and assess, and then hit the pedal once again.  

Accepting change is complex, and the need for immediate gratification is innate, but getting it right takes time and perseverance. However, it’s worth it when healing begins. When your body and mind start to clear and your energy returns, it all makes sense. Please read our articles on “Managing Autoimmune Disease with Lifestyle Interventions,” “Veggies for the Win,” and “Loving Our Kidneys.” I am inspired and newly motivated to try again, determined to finally get it right after reading each one. 

Be good to yourself. You are what you eat. Now go and feel glorious doing it!