The human body was built to thrive on whole foods rich in vitamins and minerals. Like a planted seed, we require proper nutrients, water and physical movement to flourish in our daily life. In Ayurvedic traditions, daily movement of ‘your blood, your breath, and your bowels’ is recommended for optimum health.
In today’s day in age, we are surrounded by toxins in our food, environment and water, which can cause oxidative stress on the body. Refined grains, processed sugars and trans fats deplete the body of nutrients leaving you in a nutrient-debt state. Prolonged exposure can lead to a decline in health and ultimately to disease.
Xenoestrogens, estrogen in the form of chemicals, are endocrine-like disruptors that have estrogen-like effects in the body. These chemical compounds disrupt the natural communication between our hormone-producing organs. Long-term exposure can lead to health concerns including thyroid issues, estrogen dominance, weight-gain and adrenal fatigue. Some sources of xenoestrogens include conventionally-raised meats and dairy products (growth hormones), foods sprayed with pesticides & herbicides, artificial food additives and sweeteners, tap water, hormone replacement therapy & birth control pills, household cleaning products, and other environmental toxins like pollution.
Nowadays, it seems there’s so much confusion surrounding what’s considered to be healthy and what’s not. And that’s completely understandable! We live in a time where unhealthy foods are marketed as ‘healthy’, macronutrients like carbohydrates and fats are demonized, and we’re flooded with conflicting health information that leave us feeling more in the dark.
Holistic Nutrition views the overall health of an individual on a broader spectrum. It sees the body, mind and soul as a whole. The focus is not solely on physical health, but instead encompasses surrounding factors that contribute to one’s wellness; interpersonal relationships, stress level, toxic load level, emotional health, sleep patterns, nutrition, exercise, etc. Instead of silencing your body’s cries, or symptoms, holistic nutrition addresses the root cause of what’s keeping you from being your best self.
I believe in bio-individuality. No two individuals are created equal; therefore, no two diets or lifestyles can be created equal. In holistic nutrition, there isn’t a cookie-cutter cut-out solution for all. What works for one individual may not work for another and that’s embraced committedly when restoring health holistically.
Change beings with you. Take the first step towards shifting old mindsets, reshaping your relationship with food and ultimately redefining the meaning of health. Together, we’ll uncover the tools needed to sustain a positive and healthy lifestyle, a nutrient-rich diet and restore balance in your life.