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This weekend, I very happily joined some distant relations at a family reunion and couldn’t help but notice what we were all eating. MEAT. It was meat, with meat and a side of meat. The cooked vegetables were no where to be found. Alas, it’s no wonder most Americans are so sick. Don’t get me wrong–my diet can be terrible at times and I’m not trying to lecture people into eating healthy food, but seriously people, that much meat will kill anyone.
So what should we all be eating anyway? I also had a fun conversation with a friend about the Paleo diet. (Telling people that you’ve just started a practice is plenty of fun because you get to discuss fun food subjects, but I digress.) She asked my opinion and I gave a few different perspectives but my main conclusion about all diets is that they are in need of more cooked vegetables. No matter what diet you are on, you could be eating more cooked vegetables. See.
Cooked vegetables give your body the greatest number of minerals to assimilate at one time. They provide them in a form that is most easily digested AND they are least likely to be laced with chemicals (in a certain sense … maybe you don’t really want to know what’s in your meat or mixed with that bread). Cooking vegetables allows our system to actually absorb and take in nutrients that would otherwise be unavailable.
This week, I’ll be committing this blogging space to the glory of cooked vegetables! I know, cooked vegetables are so not sexy but someone’s gotta advocate for them …
I really appreciate Cheeseslave’s work in the real food arena and I ran across this blog from her the other day: http://www.cheeseslave.com/top-10-reasons-im-not-paleo
Yes, that would be about why she’s not doing the Paleo diet. I’ll leave you to read her arguments against Paleo and add to the fire by offering our reasons not to be on the GAPS diet either. Before we begin though:
I LOVE the amazing results GAPS has seen.
I, in no way, dislike Dr. Campbell-McBride. In fact, I think she is an amazing woman and I support her research wholeheartedly.
I think that the number of healing/alternative diets that are popping up are making huge and wonderful changes in our food system. Honestly, I just saw TWO different options for coconut oil at Walmart AND they were both organic. That’s a big difference from even three years ago. Just sayin’.
Now for the problems … From my understanding, the GAPS diet is based on restricting certain foods to allow the body to heal and to give the body fats to use as the building blocks to do so. That diet alone will not be able to heal people at the deep level it seems they are desiring.
In our experience, the GAPS diet is not effective for healing, only for minor symptoms removal. Again, I understand that there are so, so, so many people who have healed successfully with GAPS–it has been our personal experience that GAPS has not helped us and has, in fact, complicated our symptoms. The main reason we struggled to heal on GAPS was because our body’s were so broken, that we were unable to digest fat at any level. Without a practitioner to stop us from hurting ourselves further, we found ourselves spending $800 a month (yes, EIGHT. HUNDRED. DOLLARS.) on foods that we were literally not digesting. Hence, our extreme and insatiable hunger.
Not only were we spending $800 every month on food, we were also buying BioKult (an expensive probiotic) that was really, really exacerbating my husband’s SIBO (if you have SIBO, the overgrowth of the bacteria in your small intestine is fueled by probiotics, rather than depositing new bacteria in the large intestine. Oops.) Further, I was constantly feeling sluggish and depressed on GAPS, and I came to realize that my gallbladder wasn’t helping me to break down … well, anything. I couldn’t use all of the great fat that I was providing my body because I just wasn’t able to digest and use those nutrients.
This is the major reason I would not suggest the GAPS diet. The GAPS diet was originally created for a child, and it seems that the reason children do so well on the GAPS diet is that most children are “fast oxidizers.” Fast oxidation is the first stage of stress on the body and is characterized by excessive activity of the thyroid and adrenal glands. This “speeding up” tendency is balanced out by fat intake. Unfortunately, as we age, and don’t address our health issues, our body cannot keep up with the stress and our body comes to a compromise–“don’t push me too hard and I’ll just settle into this nice slow but kind of steady rhythm.” We fall into slow oxidation and our tissues start to shut down. Fat is a huge congestion issue for those who are in slow oxidation and will continue to keep your liver (and other decongestive organs) from recovering.
Oh, come now, you’re experience with GAPS was just a bad one. You didn’t “do” it right. Blah. Blah. Blah. We did enough GAPS for a lifetime. Intro diet, full diet, GAPS lite, Intro diet again for months and months … and months. It just didn’t work for us. And I’m guessing there are other people out there who have had the same experience.
From the GAPS forum, it seems to me that the majority of those following the GAPS diet are doing it on their own, just like us, because 1) modern medicine doesn’t believe that healing from certain diseases can occur and 2) a lot of people aren’t able to afford fancy supplements and doctor’s visits. For those of you who might be in that boat, please, please, please, consider nutritional balancing before starting a healing diet. The body is complex, and even at your unhealthiest state, it reaches a “balance” that you just cannot re-create by eradicating certain parasites/yeasts/pathogens and adding certain other organisms to compensate. Nutritional balancing is an incredibly cost effective way to heal your body at the cellular level.
I feel deeply that nutritional balancing science is really the key to lasting health for everyone. Nutritional balancing offers each person a tailored supplementation program that addresses underlying stress patterns, rather than continuing to chase symptoms. The GAPS diet is a HUGE commitment and, while it might bring you a removal of your symptoms, you aren’t guaranteed (scientifically guaranteed that is) a body that is healthier at the cellular level. The only healing “diet” that I have found that can and does effectively, in both time and cost, heal the body is nutritional balancing science.
Ever feel like you’re health journey just follows one symptom after another? Or like you treat one issue but then another one just like it shows up? Or you’ve just gotten to the point where you’re allergic to everything but (or including) water?
It’s OK, you can finally be diagnosed a treated properly … you’re a symptom chaser. Don’t worry, I am the ultimate symptom chaser. I whipped our family through healing diets so quickly that, even before I started a practice, all of my friends would send their other friend’s to my doorstep to ask about what this [paleo/Feingld/GAPS/primal] thing was all about.
And honestly, I had it all wrong. Don’t just eat whatever you want, but without fundamentally changing your body chemistry, changing your food choices too drastically isn’t going to help in the way you’re planning. Your body, even when it’s terribly sick, has reached a balance that is much more “healthy” than you will produce by eradicating trouble foods and re-populating your gut with good bacteria from probiotics or ferments. (p.s. if probiotics don’t work for you, it’s likely you have SIBO. We learned that the hard way.)
Starting a nutritional balancing program is the best thing you can do for your health on every level–physcal, mental, spiritual and emotional. By having your hair tested, your practitioner can pinpoint several different mineral ratios in your body that will allow them to suggest a tailored supplementation protocol for your body. As a practitioner and a client, I can attest to the amazing results that come about when you follow a protocol. I have seen the reversal of deep seated depression, the mellowing of erratic behavior and the healing of parasitic and chronic yeast infections.
There are some great diets out there but if you want to achieve deep seated and lifelong healing, nutritional balancing is the most complete, quickest and cheapest method.
Is nutritional balancing science the greatest thing that will ever happen to you? I think so.
Our family has a bit of a food history, which we’ll touch on in later posts, and we’ve tried plenty of different means of healing our bodies to achieve health on all levels. We have experience with real food, traditional foods and fermentation, low dose allergen therapies, low and no carb diets, Feingold and finally the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet. Not one of those diets healed our complaints at the deepest level. For those of you out there saying … “YES! Why isn’t this working for me?” Please put down that slice of dense coconut bread and email us immediately–we want to help you!
A nutritional balancing program offers your body the healing it needs at the cellular level for a fraction of the cost and frustration of other healing diets out there. There are five separate areas to address in each person’s protocol: hair mineral analysis, supplementation, detoxification, lifestyle adjustments and diet. By incorporating each of these areas into a tailor-made program, nutritional balancing offers every person the ability to heal at the deepest levels.
Hey there and welcome to my piece of the internets!
My name is Jessica and I am a nutritional balancing practitioner. I just started a new practice, found here, called the Center for Redemptive Nutrition. As a nutritional balancing practitioner, I create tailored supplementation protocols for my clients. As a holistic healer, I incorporate four levels of wellness into any program I create–physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Obviously, the physical aspects are covered by supplementation and detoxification protocols but the nutritional balancing is such an excellent healing modality and it would be silly to stop there. For that reason, I offer support for my clients through lifestyle consultation to help them let go of stress patterns and modes of thought that are keeping them from living to their full potential.
I’d love to discuss your desires for a healthier you! Please drop me an email at RedemptiveNutrition@gmail.com
Nutritional Balancing science is an advanced modality of healing, that draws its wisdom from both Western and ancient healing modalities. By gently but powerfully balancing body chemistry, nutritional balancing addresses underlying stress response patterns to heal the whole person, rather than address individual symptoms. By focusing on the five components of nutritional balancing, hair mineral analysis, detoxification, supplementation, diet and lifestyle changes, one is able to drastically improve their health and conquer even the most chronic diseases.
This deep healing approach removes toxic metals, chemicals, latent and chronic infections and many hidden mental and emotional blockages through gentle detoxification in the body’s own natural order. Furthermore, Nutritional Balancing enhances mental development by improving the functioning the nervous system and deeper centers of the brain, resulting in better school and work performance, enhanced recall and optimum concentration.