Hippocrates once said, “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” What you put in your mouth has the power to make you sick, or improve your health. Even if you can’t physically see your unhealthy habits doing any damage (i.e as you’re not gaining weight), it doesn’t mean that they are not having a detrimental impact on your health. Skinny-fat (also known as metabolically obese) is a massive issue in society today. Here are four ways that you can heal your body with food:
1. Eat more anti-inflammatory healthy fats.
Fatty acid imbalances are linked to diets that have a lack of vitamins, minerals and an over-reliance on grains. The inclusion of fatty acids in people’s diets has been shown to reduce the need for medical treatment, improve health and alleviate many common diseases. In addition to this, ‘elevated’ cholesterol has been found to be a marker of longevity. Try to consume fatty acids, including avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, grass fed and finished saturated fats, eggs, nuts and seeds, to prevent inflammation showing up as joint pain, headaches, digestive issues, painful periods, fatigue and more.
2. Drink bone broth.
It is one of the most healing foods that you can consume. The low-heat cooking method that develops the broth allows you to get all of the nutrients and minerals from the bones, joints and marrow. This enables you to reap the benefits of the cartilage and bone marrow without actually having to eat it. Research is also proving that bone broth can boost the immune system and heal disorders such as allergies, asthma and arthritis. Look for a homemade bone broth that has been simmered for 24-48 hours, like Good Bones, which we have in our Healthie Hampers (link: https://www.healthiehampers.com.au/hamper-options/).
3. Consume more coconut products.
The medium-chain triglycerides found in coconuts offer a dietary therapeutic approach to reducing, or completely alleviating, the symptoms of neurological diseases. Coconut meal also seems to protect against heart disease and stroke. The protective, anti- inflammatory properties of coconuts are likely to be the reasons that the Kitavan’s of Papua New Guinea or the Tokelau’s of New Zealand, whose primary food is coconut, have no incidence of stroke and heart disease in their populations. This is why we include coconut chips, coconut butter and coconut yoghurt in our Healthie Hampers. Not only are they great for your brain, but they are anti-inflammatory and help to heal the gut.
4. Eat more vegetables.
This is a pretty obvious one, but the vitamins and minerals in vegetables are vital for us. Due to our current farming culture, we are missing out on a lot of the benefits we were traditionally receiving, including the polyphenols from thick skins of fruits and vegetables that allow you to feed the good bugs in your gut (that reduce inflammation) and kill the bad ones. Where possible, always go to your local farmers markets to get the freshest produce. You will often notice that the skins are thicker, the vegetables are much harder and they taste so different. Vegetables help to fight off oxidative damage in our body caused by eating toxic vegetable oils, pollution, stress, illness, toxic chemical products and so much more.
Whether you are ‘sick’ or just want to continue to nourish yourself, choosing the right foods is so important. Start with these foods and you will be on the right track for a healthier you.
Monica Yates is a Wellness and ICF certified Life Coach, as well as the co-founder of Healthie Hampers (www.healthiehampers.com.au</a), a hamper delivery service providing the gift of health. After struggling to find a healthy gift to send a loved one while they were in hospital, Monica and her mum Jacque noticed a gap in the market for gift options that could aid the body and contained real, natural products with research-backed health benefits. Through Healthie Hampers and her wellness coaching, Monica is on a mission to educate and empower consumers to choose foods that heal and nourish the body from the inside out. She hopes to inspire others to gain a better understanding of how the body works and their relationship with food, allowing them to reach their personal health and wellness goals.