Is the Au Naturale Nutrition way of eating paleo, primal, ancestral, low-carb, Mediterranean, or Weston A. Price?
All of the above! All of these dietary labels have common threads: eating whole and natural foods, avoiding refined foods and toxic chemicals that cause disease, and striving for optimal nutrition by eating a nutrient dense diet. Compared to the Standard American Diet, this way of eating is naturally lower in carbohydrates and added sugars.
And although vegetables are fabulous, this website is definitely not vegetarian.
How is "Holistic" health different from the "conventional" health model?
Holistic Health is actually an approach to life. Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body, spirit, and emotions. The goal is to achieve maximum well-being, where everything is functioning the very best that is possible.
With Holistic Health, people accept responsibility for their own level of well-being, and everyday choices are used to take charge of one's own health. A holistic health & nutrition educator can work alongside a client to teach them how to integrate these principles into their dietary and everyday choices.
See the American Holistic Health Association for more information.
The holistic health model is proactive "wellness care" of the whole person and takes a functional approach; whereas the modern model of healthcare often treats symptoms (versus a root cause) and is "sick care". Thank goodness we have modern medicine, especially in emergencies and life-saving drugs. So, there's no reason we can't integrate the best of both models for optimum health!
How can I learn to eat healthier?
It's great for a new beginning & a healthier you!
What do you consider to be the healthiest foods?
What are the best things I can do to improve my health?
#1 Try to reduce or eliminate unnecessary stress.
Stress magnifies everything. Re-frame your mind, because attitude is everything! Re-structure your life to lessen everyday stressors permanently. Develop new habits to deal with stress as it comes. Play more, have more sex, get plenty of sleep, surround yourself with a supportive community, practice your faith, meditate, laugh, dance, and connect with nature. (Read more.)
What is "earthing"? Does it really work?
Yes, I do notice a real difference from grounding! I feel more calm and centered, plus I sleep much better. During the warm months, I make a point to go barefoot outside as much as possible. I also sleep on a "grounding mat", which can also be put at your workstation under your keyboard. I'm pretty sure this is why people who live in tropical climates are often relaxed: they're connected with the earth! Try it!
How do I heal a "Leaky gut"?
The most common supplements known to help repair the gut lining are aloe, zinc, DGL (Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice ), and glutamine. Digestive enzymes help you digest and absorb nutrients better. It is also important to have good gut bacteria, which can be re-populated by taking a good probiotic supplement. (Always consult with your personal practitioner before using new supplements!)
Gelatin/collagen and bone broth are both super healing for the gut, too.
What can I do for an autoimmune condition?
According to the expert Sarah Ballantyne, PhD, individuals with autoimmune conditions often have a "leaky gut" (see above). They need to remove offending foods and chemicals and focus on eating a super nutrient-dense diet, plus eliminate stress. Her book is: The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body, and the corresponding cookbook.
The TEDx talk below is by Dr. Terry Wahls, who had a miraculous improvement in her Multiple Sclerosis by implementing a nutrient rich diet. (see Dr. Wahls book & protocol) It's an incredible story!
One of my previous posts, The Relationship between Digestion and your Health, discussed how the health of your digestive system is directly linked to the health of your whole body. Probiotics can make an ENORMOUS difference in gut health, mental health, and overall health!
Different probiotics are used for different needs:
- For gut healing, I love the top-of-the-line Prescrip Assist.
- For general use, I love Garden of Life: Primal Defense.
- For infants & children, Life Start & Healthy Start products come highly recommended.
- For use when taking antibiotics or travelling abroad, I take the special strain Sacharomyces Boulardii.
Holistic Wellness Educator,
MS in Health and Nutrition Education
MS in Health and Nutrition Education
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