So, I attended Dr. Josh Axe’s Webinar on how to heal a leaky gut. Turns out that it was just a preview of his program, which I can’t afford, but I did learn a few things that tie into my studies from the past few days.
I’ve been fascinated, learning how what we eat affects our health. My reading list has grown exponentially, as everything I’ve learned has led to more questions about nutrition and health.
“All disease begins in the gut.” Hippocrates said it centuries ago, but only now are we starting to believe it. Eighty percent of our immune system resides in the gut.(1) The state of your digestion influences the rest of your bodily systems. Gut dysbiosis (abnormal gut flora), leaky gut, and other digestive problems can cause a whole plethora of other symptoms, some of which I hear about from family members and friends on pretty much a daily basis. Some of the symptoms, I exhibit myself: fatigue, blood sugar highs and lows, carb and sugar cravings, anxiety, hormonal imbalances, etc., etc., etc.
While I realize that a lot of these things (hormonal imbalance, fatigue) are due to having a three month old baby, breastfeeding, waking for night feedings, and sometimes staying up way too late, I’m interested to see if my dietary endeavors help with those complaints.
I’m trying not to get carried away in my lifestyle changes, because drastic change just doesn’t work for me, but I’ve gotten a few good ideas as to how to impact our health for good.
First of all, I’m slowly removing the majority of processed food from our diets–even the healthy ones. You’d think that’d be easy, since I’m the Mama and I do get some control over what we eat. However, we tend to eat out places more than I would care to admit, Ben brings home treats, and, now and again, I give in to my own cravings for chocolate and soda (I’m really working to kick that habit). And replacing processed foods means making them myself…I’m trying to decide if I really have time for all that.
With our changes, I want to be careful about not getting caught up in protein powders, bottled healthy drinks, granola bars, etc. I might buy these things when we’re out, because they’re better than a candy bar, but, at home, I want to work toward a whole foods diet. I want to see if it makes that big of a difference in flavor. If it doesn’t, well, I’ll implement something else.
Secondly, I want to boost our vegetable and fruit intake. Meat is good for you. I’m not going to deny that. But, I know that our family eats more meat than anything else. Ask my husband what he wants to eat, the first thing he says is a meat product, followed usually by a request for potatoes, rice, or pasta. While potatoes are vegetables, I want to see more colors on our plates.
Thirdly, I want to try making bone broth on a regular basis. I’m an “I did that one time!” type of person. I’ve made bone broth before. I’ve made venison bone broth and chicken bone broth. Both were delicious, and very satisfying, but I’ve never made it a habit to have homemade broths in the house, which is sad, because we do consume broth…just the kind in a carton.
As I’ve said before, I’m all about 180 degree turns. I get something on my mind and immediately move to make drastic changes, which fall by the wayside after a couple of days because my willpower is zip, even though I know that I’m influencing my health with those changes.
Drastic change doesn’t mean lasting change.
Our lives are a journey. Each day fluidly passes into the next. Each choice we make for a better future today, makes all the difference tomorrow. The goal is to make small changes that last.
I’ll leave you with a quote that I picked up from Michael Pollan’s book In Defense Of Food, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite reads for this year. “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
Our guts, our immunities, our lives, our children’s lives depend on it.