Healthy food, healthy body, and mind.
Nowadays, there are so many websites and blogs about healthy food. You can become dizzy from reading so many meanings.
The disease develops because several elements are coming together.
I have written already in the blog, “Balance your world – 9 points to work on,” about it. But there is more to that.
The disease starts with a damaged colon. A healthy colon means a healthy body and a healthy mind.
The ancient Greek physician Hippocrates(ca 460 – 370 BC), the father of medicine, has quoted: ” All disease begins in the gut!”. That is the truth!
People nowadays have lost touch with natural, healthy food. They eat food bought in the supermarket, which cannot be called food anymore.
Fruits and vegetables are picked unripe, stored for weeks. Til they arrive in the supermarkets, they are stripped of vital minerals and vitamins, antioxidants. Nearly nothing is left anymore. People buy them, store them again at home, cook them. This so-called “Food ” is dead food; nothing is left to build up cells, nourish, and detox the body.
Vegetables are grown on mineral deficient soil, treated with poison, which stays back in the soil. People don’t think about this when they are finally becoming ill. They are going to see their GP, getting medicine, and becoming more ill. Chronic diseases are developing.
What is healthy food?
Healthy food, vegetables, and fruits grow naturally in healthy soil, not treated, not destroyed by chemical and physical processes. Food should not be stored for months on a shelf in a supermarket. There are enough methods to keep food for some months in a healthy manner.
That is the fermentation of vegetables, for example. But there are more ways.
Healthy vegetables and fruits are organic. You better buy them in farmer markets. They have all sorts of seasonal vegetables and fruits that have riped in the sun.
Animals raised on pastured fields, living a life as God has created them. Cows eat grass, which they keep chewing. They have four stomachs that are not made eating corn and soy. Chicken and other poultry can run outdoors, eating beetles and worms. Meat from these animals is healthy and has all nutrition that we need.
We don’t need to eat milk products. They are not suitable for us. And mostly is the milk from cows treated with antibiotics and hormones. Also, it is better not to consume cheese very often. It is well allowed in the Keto diet I will talk about in this blog.
Wild-caught fish is better than cultivated fish, which are most times treated with antibiotics! Of course, we need to be aware that bigger fish, like mackerel and tuna, are heavily polluted with mercury and other heavy metals and plastics. It is better to eat small fish like sardines and anchovies. Also, it is better to eat fatty fish because the brain needs omega 3. Sardines are perfect, which contain different sorts of selenium.
It is also good to eat healthy nuts, seeds, sprouted seeds, and healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil, and butter. They are good choices. And very important for the brain.
What is the Best Diet?
I can recommend the Ketogenic or Low carb diet for healing chronic disease and the gut from my own experience and longtime study. That is the best anti-inflammatory diet. When I had been really ill, I tried several forms of diets. The Paleo diet is what I follow now.
The vegan diet is also perfect, but it was not for me. I need meat, not very much, but still, it is essential for me.
The low-carb diet allows only vegetables as a source of carbohydrates. Most of this diet is fat and protein.
The ketogenic diet is a very high fat, deficient in carb diet, which also helps to lose weight.
This is why this diet has initially gotten a lot of attention for its weight loss benefits. The goal of this diet is to enter and stay in a metabolic state called ketosis. Instead of burning carbohydrates, you burn fat for energy.
In the modern diet, we eat a lot of sugar, and our brains and muscles are fueled by glucose ( a type of sugar). This comes from eating carbohydrates. This sugar is flushing the body and creating inflammation in the body. To get rid of the sugar, the pancreas needs to produce a lot of insulin. And finally becomes exhausted.
Diabetes starts to develop. Worldwide this disease is on the rise, diabetes type 2 mainly resulting from a wrong lifestyle.
If we stop eating those carbs, the glucose levels drop, and we begin to use our fat for having energy.
Researchers have discovered that the body creates compounds called ketones, which contain benefits, such as fat loss, suppressing appetites, boosting mental clarity, and significantly lower the risk of many chronic diseases.
How to start a Ketogenic diet?
First of all, you need to stop eating carbohydrates like bread, pizza, cake, biscuits, pasta. It is not easy because this food has an addicting effect on the brain. I would recommend starting taking in a good Vitamin B complex. That helps to cut and control the carbohydrates’ cravings—also magnesium, selenium, and a mineral complex. You still need to take fiber in. Ground Flaxseed is an excellent fiber.
You will consume about 70 – 80 % fats, about 15 – 2- % protein, and about 5 % carbs on a standard keto diet. The cravings will disappear. The body goes into the Ketosis state. Your body temperature will get in balance again. Your thyroid will work better. Cells get starved of sugar. And that is where healing begins.
Your keto diet should contain a high amount of healthy fats. I already mentioned fats, such as coconut oil, olive oil, grass-fed butter. But also nuts and seeds. All organic.
You should eat non-starchy vegetables, like broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens are perfect, asparagus, cucumber, and zucchini.
I would be careful with cucumbers. They can make you cold. But you could cook them.
It will be best if you eat in moderation amounts of proteins, like grass-fed meat, pasture-raised poultry, cage-free eggs, wild-caught fish, organ meats, etc., full-fat dairy products, best raw. In contrast, I am usually against milk products, but some experts recommend fermented milk products, like yogurt and raw milk cheese. I have never eaten milk products while healing my gut, and by avoiding them, you fasten your healing.
Actually, I think that nobody, even healthy individuals, should drink and eat milk because they produce inflammation.
Very beneficial is bone broth, which I have consumed quite often, nearly daily, and healed my intestines.
What to avoid
You should cut down on fruits because most fruits have a high sugar amount. But there are enough sorts of fruits left which you are allowed to consume. Fiber is important. And by eating some fruits and vegetables, you will get enough fiber in this diet. Fiber is needed for your gut.
All berries are allowed. Melons, Citroen, peaches, nectarines, and avocados are good. Avocados are great to eat. They contain a lot of healthy fat.
I have to tell you that I also eat apples and pears cooked. If you eat this healthy diet, it doesn’t matter if you eat in moderation pineapple or mangos. The health benefit of these fruits is far more than the sugar content. But when you begin this diet, you are better off not eating fruits with a high amount of sugar at all.
I recommend switching after some months to the Paleo diet. They are nearly the same, but with Paleo, you can eat all organic vegetables and fruits and no milk products. However, first, you need to heal your gut.
The dangerous foods to avoid in both diets are carbohydrates like pasta, bread, chips, cakes, etc. This is not food at all!
Healthy food is all-natural food, not processed at all. And when processed, then done by, for example, a healthy method like fermentation.
Before industrialization, people didn’t use all the self-created poison to kill insects and preserve food. They didn’t eat very much and certainly not industrial-made food, which contains too much sugar and salt.
But these days, people eat and suffer starvation because this so-called food is stripped of nutrition, vitamins, enzymes, minerals, etc., which makes people wanting to eat more, increasing their weight, and developing inflammation and chronic diseases. It is a vicious circle.
To get out of that circle, people need to wake up and see what they are doing, how they damage themselves. They need to adjust their lifestyle, and certainly their nutrition, their food.
Healthy food means a healthy body and a healthy mind. If you have a healthy body, you have a healthy brain.
A good and healthy way is the low-carb diet, ketogenic diet, but also Paleo diet. The body is healing again, and so the mind!
Try it out! The best you can do!
I would love to hear from you about your experiences with diet.
To your health,