Why am I so passionate about the food we eat?
The bottom line is that the food we eat becomes our cells, our blood, our organs, our bones - every single part of us. So, why would we fuel our body with junk?
I know the answer – because it’s everywhere, it’s easy and we’re bombarded with advertising!
When I look back at how I ate for years and years, I just cringe. But, I didn’t really know any better at the time (or maybe I did but was too stressed and busy to even think about food).
It seems easy enough now to understand that we can’t eat junk and expect to feel energized, perform well, thrive and avoid disease.
I wish I knew this years ago! Perhaps you feel the same way.
What We Eat Absolutely Matters:
We’ve been told to ‘lose weight’ to help with blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol and to eat low-fat, nutrient-deficient foods.
And then we wonder why we’re always hungry and relying on medications to band aid the problem.
We think it’s our fault! We’ve been following bad advice for too long.
What if we changed our focus to eating healthier with whole foods?
What if we changed our focus to GETTING healthier rather than being focused on losing weight?
What if we focused on NOURISHING our body and giving it what it needs to thrive?
I believe the biggest difference would be that you will lower your blood pressure (and all of your other numbers) as part of a lifestyle shift, not just because you went on yet another diet that you can’t maintain indefinitely.
The end result will be better because you will have improved your health in the process (and prevented or decreased medications)! Now THAT is truly priceless!
Fueling Your Body for the Best Results:
The foods you eat can have a DRAMATIC impact on how you look and feel (your mood, energy levels, skin, hair, etc.), as well as how YOU age. Did you notice any of this when you completed your 3-day photo food journal?
Food is also FUEL for your body; it’s what gives us energy.
Our main focus isn’t on counting calories but on the types of foods that fuel us and give us what we need for optimum health. When this is implemented as part of a mind and lifestyle shift, the result is achieving and maintaining a healthy life with lower numbers and less medications.
My approach to lowering blood pressure (and all the other numbers) is focusing on whole foods and specifically increasing fruits and vegetables, reducing sugar, and reducing refined carbohydrates.
Here’s a study on what I base my rationale and this program on. There are a ton more studies but for some reason, this part is skipped at the doctor's office.
A Clinical Trial of the Effects of Dietary Patterns on Blood Pressure
This study compared different diets and found that: 'a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy foods and with reduced saturated and total fat can substantially lower blood pressure. This diet offers an additional nutritional approach to preventing and treating hypertension.'
I have extrapolated and broken down the micro and macronutrients from the most successful 'diet' that was used. That is the basis for the education and recommendations of this program We'll dive a little deeper into this later on.
I've summarized the major results of the study below.
-Reduction in blood pressure at just 2 weeks
-By 8 weeks, diet reduced blood pressure by 11.4/5.5 mmHg in patients with hypertension
-70% of hypertensive patients exhibited normal blood pressure after 8 weeks
-Such reductions are similar to that achieved with single-drug therapy in individuals with mild hypertension ←--this is my favorite
-Occurred independent of body weight changes
-Occurred independent of sodium reduction but lower blood pressures achieved when sodium reduction was added to the dietary regimen
Grab that journal, what do you think about these results? Is this surprising to you? Do you have renewed hope? Or do you automatically think, well that won't happen for me? What's holding you back from fully believing that this is possible for you?