I used to be a food extremist, and in a few ways, some may still label me as such, but I rely heavily on science to back up my choices. I’ve done almost every fad diet, nutrition plan and way of eating over the last 30 years of my life, so I’ve been there, eaten that!
Did you find yourself dreading the holidays? Do you fight off depression during the winter months when it can be dark, cold, grey, dreary – and stressful? The good news is that by choosing the right foods, you can eat your way into a better mood. “Mood foods” increase your levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter found naturally in the brain, bowels, and blood platelets. Serotonin, among other things, contributes to feelings of happiness, relaxation, and general well-being.
If you feel listless and your relationships are dull and joyless then maybe it’s time for a change. This year I’m committed to helping you revitalize your health so that you can follow your passions and enjoy a renewed energy, enthusiasm and lust for life.
Going gluten-free isn’t always enough and taking the next step on your health journey to identify and eliminate cross-reactive foods may be necessary for you to maintain or regain vibrant health.
Gluten-Free has certainly entered the mainstream. Even your local conventional grocery store carries gluten-free food options. I’m committed to a gluten-free lifestyle, no matter what. If you’re gluten-free then you likely understand how gluten is indigestible, inflammatory, autoimmune triggering, gut damaging and therefore also horrible for your brain.
If you recall, in Part 1 of this blog I delved into the definition of Health and Lifestyle Alchemy – this week I will share with you some first hand experiences I’ve had working with people as an alchemist in the world of healthcare.
I will begin with my preferred definition of a Health & Lifestyle Alchemist: The transformation of pain and suffering into awareness and freedom through a unique process of transmutation by using symptoms and stressors in the body, mind, and life to inform a creative and emerging therapeutic process that cultivates vibrant health and lasting well being.
You have tried medications, supplements, going from doctor to doctor trying to find answers, and even changing your diet but with little or no lasting results. Symptoms come back, things stop working, and you’re left to survive rather than thrive.
As I promised last week I have three more incredibly important reasons for not having Google be your go-to for medical advice. I’ve seen misinformed patients suffer due to misdiagnosing themselves or by taking the wrong supplement in the wrong dosage and I don’t want this to happen to you.
The Internet is an excellent place to look up geography or international news, purchase airline tickets, and find your aunt on Facebook, but it isn’t the place you should go to receive detailed medical advice.