There is simply no question that nutrition affects our health more than any other factor.
If we eat poorly, then we will be less healthy. If we eat well, then we will be more healthy.
There really is no way around this. More than our genes, more than exercise. Nutrition is by far the greatest determinant of health. For this reason I try to discuss nutrition with every patient. No matter if they are in the clinic for a cough or laceration. Every biological process will be improved with improved nutrition. My path to improved nutrition is likely much like the one you are facing now.
I had never taken much action to improve my nutrition. I just ate whatever was easy without much thought of the consequences. During medical school, my diet consisted of pizza, hot pockets and chocolate milk. During my first year of residency, I ate much the same. The hospital cafeteria provided me with most of my meals. After my first year of internship, I was overweight, faced with high blood pressure, fatigue, and just general unhappiness with my own health. I decided that I needed to make some major changes. This was the start of my path towards ancestral nutrition.
Modern nutrition, full of processed foods with high calories and low nutrients, leads to the modern chronic diseases of diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
For me, the easiest way to explain how I eat is using this great description created by Whole 9 Life.
“I eat real food – fresh, natural food like meat, vegetables and fruit. I choose foods that are nutrient-dense, with lots of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals, over foods that have more calories but less nutrition. And food quality is important – I’m careful about where my meat, seafood and eggs come from, and buy organic local produce as often as possible.
This is not a “diet” – I eat as much as I need to maintain strength, energy, activity levels and a healthy body weight. I aim for well-balanced nutrition, so I eat both animals and a significant amount of plants. I’m not lacking carbohydrates – I just get them from vegetables and fruits instead of bread, cereal or pasta. And my meals are probably higher in fat than you’d imagine, but fat is a healthy source of energy when it comes from high-quality foods like avocado, coconut and grass-fed beef.
Eating like this is ideal for maintaining a healthy metabolism and reducing inflammation within the body. It’s good for body composition, energy levels, sleep quality, mental attitude and quality of life. It helps eliminate sugar cravings and reestablishes a healthy relationship with food. It also works to minimize your risk for a whole host of lifestyle diseases and conditions, like diabetes, heart attack, stroke and autoimmune.”
I would love to join your team to help guide through your own path to improved nutrition and health.
Here is also video spot that I recently did for KUTV.