A few years ago, well into my nutrition journey, I discovered a book by Liz Lipski called Digestive Wellness.
It was an eye-opener.
The crux of the matter is that there's more and more evidence showing that whatever happens in the digestive system is not staying in the digestive system.
The imbalances in the digestive system are having an impact on the rest of our body .
Symptoms and diseases that we would never think could be related to the state of our digestive system are linked. For example eczema, infertility, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, migraines.
The word Diet comes from the Greek word Diata. This means our manner of living.
So how did the meaning of diet gets so messed up in recent years? To now mean - restriction, guilt, deprivation and weight loss?
If diet means way of life then it's not just about food, is it ?
It's about everything.
The food we choose to eat. What we're thinking. How we are moving. The TV programs and radio shows we listen to and watch .
Maybe it is because we usually change our food when we go on diet that diet now means a special course of food to which a person restricts themselves either to lose weight or for medical reasons . It also means the kinds of food that a person or animal or community habitually eats.
I don't really want to use the terms good or bad diet so I'll go with healthy vs unhealthy .
I think we can agree that a healthy diet in terms of food would be made up of these parts .
Who foods that are home cooked. Food that doesn't contain artificial colours or flavours. Food that has healthy fats. Food with no refined sugars. Food that has fibre.
And what would a healthy diet in terms of how you're living look like?
Getting back to the food part , which is where my passion lies , I think the that what's important is to find a way of eating that supports your health .
That works for you and your family.
That supports the wellness of your digestive system.
Do you agree that if there is stuff going on in your tummy like bloating, wind, constipation, cramps, heartburn, runny tummy then you don't feel your best?
More and more studies are showing that the digestive system has an impact on the rest of our body . Symptoms and diseases that we would never think are related to our digestive system are in fact now showing up as related.
So what is a girl to do?
I think that a conscious awareness of what you're choosing to feed yourself is the first step.
Once you know what you're regularly eating with your family and during the day then you can make small changes. Changes that you can adopt for the long term.
So your first step is to complete a food diary.
This Isn't just what you pop in your mouth. Make a note of symptoms you may feel or have afterwards. Take notice if your energy drops or your mood changes and write it down.
See if you can match specific foods to the way you feel mentally and physically .
Complete this over 10 to 14 days.
I'd love to help you examine your food log at the end.
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