I’d like to ask you a question? Do you equate aging to poor health, a broken brain, a nursing home or even wearing depends?
This is a serious question and not meant to degrade or demean anyone. These are questions that at some point, most of us consider, especially as we age.
 
And yet, there ARE other choices out there and you CAN age gracefully. You have control over your aging process. One of the most important ways we can do this is via food! But, with all the food choices it’s not a wonder we’re confused.

 

“Additionally, the food that you eat has up to 60% less nutrients because the soil is severely depleted, then you have GMOs and glyphosate.” 

 

The things we “should” be eating, like fat, are avoided due to Ancel Keys’ theory that fat is bad for you and all the low fat craze, which persists to this day. This is a perfect combination for weight gain and a very unhealthy society.
 
As a health and nutritional coach, my target is to assist you in clearing up some of the confusion and provide you some sound nutrition advice, should you choose to follow it.
First, let’s look at something very important that you may not be aware of: inflammation.

Inflammation is the number one cause of all illness, and this includes depression, Alzheimers and yes, being overweight. Yes, being overweight is inflammation of fat cells.

Autoimmune disorders are always caused by inflammation as your body turns on certain markers for these via the food you eat. This is known as the field of epigenetics. Food is simply information for your body, and with every bite you take you either stoke inflammation in your body or extinguish it.
My aim for this Note is to bring to light better food choices.

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Now, let’s look at some of the most common health problems.

Cholesterol — this is inflammation in action. And what does the doctor do when you he finds you have high cholesterol? He gives you statins! But that does not address the inflammation in your body. It simply treats the symptom! Statins may work for a while, but at a very high cost, including neuropathy.

An analogy would be if you go to the doctor’s because you have a nail in your foot and are in pain and he gives you drugs for inflammation and pain. Does this help clear up the pain? No! It simply tamps it.

Diabetes is yet another inflammatory related disease and is on the brink of becoming an epidemic. Diabetes Type 2, which was originally called Adult Onset Diabetes because it was people experienced it later in life, now it is found in children as young as 10. And again, Diabetes Type II is caused by inflammation and can be reversed through diet.

Depression is a real issue for many people. This is also caused by inflammation. For example: When your body is in an inflammatory state fighting off the common cold or flu, you can experience symptoms that overlap with depression such as disrupted sleep, depressed mood, fatigue, foggy-headedness, and impaired concentration.

And then, there’s weight gain. Weight gain is inflammation of your fat cells. When you eat a food that has artificial ingredients or colorings, the body, in its infinite wisdom stores these ingredients and other toxins in your fat cells so they won’t be disturbed and don’t affect your health. This is also why when you begin to loose weight, you may start to feel really bad; basically, you’re stirring up all the toxins and flushing them from your body.
 
Now let’s look at something that is often overlooked including by FM doctors: Stress. I’ll use my example of how stress correlates to weight gain: Recently, my mother’s mental health has seriously started to decline — and this in turn causes stress. At times, while stressed, I reach for sugar, and this has caused me to put on a little weight.

If you find that you “fall off the rails” at a certain time during the day or week, trace your steps back to what happened before you reached for the cigarette, glass of wine, or sugar. If you want to change this, this is what you need to address, the underlying cause. Me telling you to not eat sugar, not smoke or drink in excess is the easy answer, but it’s not addressing the cause. As a health coach, I’m trained to look for what drives our behavior and why. And I make it sustainable.
 
So I ask you: Are you willing to take control of your own health?
If so, here are some suggestions:
  • Reduce your overall stress levels. Chronic stress has been shown to worsen inflammation in the body leading to harmful physical and mental effects. Basically, TAKE CARE of yourself and do it any way you can. Remember, you CAN’T pour from an empty cup.
  • Get in the kitchen and start cooking. This may look like making an egg in the morning, or even preparing your own cup of coffee. (Here’s a link to some of the world’s healthiest coffee infused with the world’s top superfood.)
  • Get as much quality sleep as possible. If go to bed at the same and wake up at the same time every day this will instill a pattern of consistency.
  • A personal spiritual daily practice; meditation such as yoga, walks in nature, etc. The important thing is that it works for you.
And now let’s look at food.
  • First of all, avoid sugar. And please know sugar has over 56 names and now more than ever, it is important that you read your labels. (I do offer grocery tours to assist in in deciphering what’s in your grocer’s aisle and produce section.)
  • Avoid ALL artificial sugar.
  • Also, avoid low fat, fat free, and sugar free foods. Often, the first two are replaced with sugar and the latter is replaced with artificial sugar.
  • Avoid refined carbs such as pastries, bread, and French fries.
  • Avoid processed meats such as hot dogs.
  • Avoid margarine and all other high inflammatory oils like soy, vegetable, corn, cottonseed and canola.
Foods to ENJOY:
  • Good quality fats like butter, olive oil, avocado oil and good quality animal fats.
  • Leafy green vegetables.
  • Nuts and seeds like walnuts, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.
  • Fatty fish.
  • Fruits like the berries & oranges (limited quantities, please).

A great start to the anti-inflammatory eating and lifestyle is to do a detox. I offer a gentle 14 day detox that is easy to do. If you would like to get more information on it, please go to www.getfithtx.biz/nutriinfo and fill out the information requested. Make sure to put “detox” in the notes and I will follow up with you.

I want to leave you with the definition of health from Dorland’s Medical Dictionary: 

If you have any questions, or need any help with any of these, please let me know!

By reducing inflammation in the body, you will also reduce aging and turn back the hands of time. That means less wrinkles, a younger mind, and a life worth living throughout our golden years.
 
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In contribution to your health throughout the years,
 
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Oralia Acosta
Certified Health Coach