Confessions of a Naturopath
Musings.   Thoughts.   Tastes.   Experiences.

 

Be Well and Eat Healthy
This past winter I went on a corn binder. I was busy... and the Mexican restaurant was convenient. Not to mention delicious!

I already knew that when I ate corn it made me bloated, I didn’t know what else it was doing to me…

Two months into the winter I started feeling irritable (sorry babe!). And angry. And frustrated. And impatient. My usual chipper self on waking had left. Then I started feeling bloated and was gaining weight. I started to notice that it was worse the day after I ate corn. Hmm...

So I quit corn. Cold turkey. Honestly, at first, I was bummed. Because, if I was on a deserted island and could only eat one food for the rest of my days, it would be fish tacos.

Within a couple of months of not touching even a morsel of corn wouldn’t you know it... I’m not angry, irritable, frustrated, impatient, or bloated. I wake up feeling happy again instead of waking up feeling blah. It is SO obvious, my body does not like corn.

This became a huge, flashing light, loud siren, reminder, of the mighty power of food.

Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food” around 400 BC.  And later in 1826 Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said, “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.”

This means that we have known for years now that the food we choose to eat will impact our health! But in modern times we have moved away from that notion and towards the notion that anything can be reversed by taking a pill. Anti-depressants and perscription drugs for my waking up blah feeling??? (Or maybe just remove corn….)

The power of food is real. I see time and time again my patients lab values change from ones that indicated disease, to lab values that are within an optimal and healthy range. They did this by eating a whole foods diet. Seriously!

They didn’t eat Jolly Ranchers, or Starbucks Frappuccino’s, or McDonalds. They did this by eating whole foods. Foods full of life and health. Food’s which are identifiable as something that actually grew out of the ground and not from a box. Spinach, garlic, blueberries, 100% grass fed beef, turnips, avocado, wild caught salmon…

I have become a testament to my own practice! I share this with you so you can learn from my experiences. Because that’s what it’s all about, helping each other be the best we can be.

Jennifer Letellier, ND
Naturopathic Doctor
Phone: 970.247.3717