Nutrition and Lifestyle Support
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
I am retired from the Special Forces Food Police Task Force! And what I have learned from the past several decades of study and experience I would like to share with you. I have been 30 lbs over weight, a competitive body builder, sports oriented, yogini, strict vegan, blood type diet, metabolic type diet, junk food and healthy vegetarian, Asian Medical food/herbalist, macrobiotic, paleo, primal ketogenic, and raw foodie-on and off, beginning at the age of 15. I have experienced severe to mild symptoms of food sensitivities, fibromyalgia, gut issues, autoimmune dis-ease, extreme weight gain and loss, child birth, breast feeding, single parenting and world travels. I’ve learned a lot and also helped many patients unravel their own individual metabolic needs so their bodies and minds perform optimally.
I truly live what I teach! I will never invite you to do anything I have not already done or I will do with you. We learn together!
I’m going to share information about food and supplements but you should know that you are Not what you eat, rather you are what you can digest and absorb!
Phytochemicals aka Plant Based Nutrients
Getting nutrients, vitamins and minerals, from food is always best. However, most people don’t break down and absorb their food properly and have multiple imbalances that require more targeted support. This is why I don’t take vitamins or recommend them, especially synthetic ones, unless in extremely severe cases of malnutrition, preventative health measures, treating multiple system imbalances, or lack of available nutrient dense food sources.
Mother Nature knows best!
There are about 9000 phytonutrients in one apple. It varies slightly depending on the variety. Only one of those is vitamin C and it is seemingly low in potency, however when combined with the other 8999 phytochemicals that are intended to work together (synergy) it is potentized. This small dose, accompanied by thousands of its best chemical friends, is now stronger and more readily available for the human body to use than a synthetic isolated vitamin. The human body does not require or desire mega doses of any isolated vitamin. The most common 13 vitamins are what you find in synthetic supplements on the shelves at various health food stores, corner pharmacies or supermarkets. Rather, our bodies are designed to digest and absorb tiny amounts of thousands of plant based nutrients working together, synergistically, to supply balanced nutrients that are bioavailable (able to be absorbed).
A vegetable or fruit that’s been vine-ripened tastes better because all of it’s nutrients have had time to arise within it. On average organic and non-organic vegetables and fruits are picked long before they are ripe, and 50% of nutrients go into the veggie or fruit in the last quarter of it’s growing/ripening period. This means that you are missing 50% of it’s nutrient value, even if you are dedicated to shopping organic. I have a few personal recommendations that may work for you. Consider growing your own food, or at least some of it. A Tower Garden may be just the right inexpensive option for you, I’ve researched them and here is my favorite. Please check my affiliate link for Juice Plus Tower Garden information http://kristinmcgary.juiceplus.com/us/en
Have you ever taken a supplement and noticed your urine was a different or even neon color? You have what I call expensive and synthetic urine. You have peed out the mega dosed, non-absorbable, synthetic vitamins. This causes your body more stress than it does nutritional benefit. “Natural” doesn’t necessarily mean what you think. Supplements only require about 10% of natural ingredients in order to be labeled “all natural”. Just because your local health food store, vitamin store or Trader Joe’s carries a supplement doesn’t make it healthy, bioavailable, natural or food based. Most supplements are synthetic (about 99% on the market!), and even some that claim “food based” or “natural” use synthetics, fillers and preservatives that are toxic incipients.
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Elements and Food
Please visit my Asian Medicine and Five elements page for a summary. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) honors food as medicine. Each food has a taste or flavors that determine what organs it will affect and what meridians it will enter and either harmonize, or injure, tonify or deplete.
The tastes are: bitter, spicy, sweet, salty and sour.
Asian Medicine also honors eating with the seasons. This helps you avoid buying foods that have been picked early and gassed to ripen. Eating with the seasons helps your body to harmonize to the current climate with foods that support you.
Furthermore, the inherent temperatures of foods as well as degrees of cooking are understood. Foods have inherent energetic qualities such as temperature. A simple example would be a rotting banana, it has a different chemical make-up when it’s decomposing and this also happens energetically. Foods that are kept in the freezer, like ice cream, are cold in nature, versus spicy chili, which is warming. Each organ has a preferred taste. When and if there is an imbalance in an organ, I may prescribe a certain kind of food to help bring that organ back into balance. For example, in TCM the spleen organ dislikes cold, damp foods; examples are dairy, ice cream, tofu and raw vegetables. It prefers warming foods like ginger and slightly stir-fried or steamed vegetables. TCM looks at the entire person, their pulses, constitution, lifestyle habits, the season, their geography, how Qi, vital life force energy, is flowing in them and where it is blocked before it suggests certain foods to help bring balance and increase vitality
Western trained nutritionists acknowledge:
However, there is much more to food than simply macro and micronutrients. TCM honors the complexity of food and how it impacts the human body, mind, and spirit.Food is medicine, my intention is to educate and empower you to be an informed consumer in your life. What you put into your body, how you process and absorb it, and how you live it greatly influences your health and well-being.
You don’t have to figure it all out on your own. Food can be tricky and I’m here to guide and support you on this incredible journey to vibrant health.
The way in which you live your life matters. It impacts your body, mind, and spirit in complex ways. Unfortunately, Lifestyle, is overlooked and undervalued in the Western medical modal of healthcare. Paying attention to the details of your life and how you dance through it can be inexpensive preventative medicine and help you dodge future suffering. Understanding how the details of your lifestyle impact your health could even be the missing link to your healthcare picture now.
The variables of your lifestyle will be individual, so I won’t be able to name them all here. Don’t worry; I’m not going to make you change anything that you don’t want to work on. During our initial consultation, I will begin to identify the factors that may be impacting you both negatively and positively, and bring them into your awareness and mine.
Generally Speaking I look at:
- Play and recreation
- Sex life
- Following your passions
- Money (how you relate to it, use it or not)
- Drug and alcohol use
- Body care
- Chemical and toxic exposures
- Family dynamics
- Relationship to technology
- Preferences and dislikes
- Religious and spiritual affiliation
- Sexual orientation
- Gender orientation
- Cultural orientation
- Patterns and habits of action, thinking, and feeling
- Values and priorities of your health and life (career, relationships, money, time etc)
- Trauma (past and present and how it impacts your daily life)
- Integral mapping of your development (the lenses through which you view yourself and the world around you)
I see my role as an educator. I’m not here to force you to change anything. I understand that change can be very scary and even daunting. I will never guilt or shame you into changing anything. I want to know you so that I can better help you. I’m not here to judge. I will, however, educate you so that your choices arise from an informed place rather than a triggered reaction of fear, rebellion, addiction, or trauma.I will teach you to listen to your body in a new way and honor it’s valuable voice. I will empower you to shift the things that feel most important to you and your health picture. I will encourage and support you to grow at a pace that best meets your goals and level of commitment. Things may shift as we work together, your awareness and self-empowerment will increase, which often leads to natural change. You don’t always have to struggle through; somethings just fall away with ease, while new things enter with a sense of joy and freedom. I will meet you right where you are and lead you to where you desire. We are a team. I am your health and lifestyle alchemist. If you allow my support and guidance, empowerment and insight, then you will find freedom and deeper connection to yourself, your relationships, and the world around you