Let’s see, for breakfast I had a bowl (or two) of frosted flakes with a tablespoon of white sugar on top, for lunch I had peanut butter and jelly on white bread, and for dinner we would eat mac and cheese or banquet chicken…does anyone remember Banquet Chicken?? Haha…wow that feels good to get off my chest. And we always had oreos or packaged chocolate chip cookies (ah yes Chips Ahoy) in the cupboards. We never had vegetables or fruit that I can remember.
And we bought these items in bulk at a big warehouse like Costco, and we could because they just don’t expire! I mean how great is that? Fill our cupboards and not have to go back again for another month! Just think of all the extra time now we had for other stuff and not be stuck in the kitchen! Instead we can sit on the couch and watch more tv or play atari. That was awesome. Until I started getting migraines, and acne, and cellulite, and then was diagnosed with PCOS and IBS. But hey, they got pills for all of that! How lucky was I?
Well the migraines still came with the new pills but they just didn’t stay as long; the acne dried up but so did my nails, hair, skin, and eyes; no pills for cellulite so don’t even try, that’s working out and diet; my cramps went away with a birth control pill but gave me some mad mood swings; and fiber pill for IBS just made me bloated. Hmmm, there’s got to be a better way to get rid of these…right?
Yes there is and that’s why I’m your new best friend!? Well I want to be!
I sat down and researched my booty off about how to get rid of these issues and kept seeing different foods pop up for the diagnoses I was researching. Eating an apple is the same as one fiber pill? What??? But since there are more nutrients in the apple, it won’t bloat me like the pill that doesn’t have any extra nutrients? And I can put some peanut butter on it which contains protein that will just balance it even more? Awesome! But wait, then I start reading how the peanut butter I have been eating is not just mashed up peanuts, it has hydrogenated oils (what?) and sugar and other stuff that I can’t even pronounce. Great, now I need to either make my own peanut butter or find some that just has peanuts in it. Haha, I get it! You have got to do some research to truly find out what you are eating. But OMG…I just kept reading on and on and on about how to use food instead of pills to help with these health issues. My WORLD HAD CHANGED with all this information! FOOD IS THE CURE….REAL, WHOLE FOOD IS THE CURE.
I couldn’t contain my excitement and had to learn more to tell everyone and teach anyone that I could about this new found revolution!
So I decided to go back to school and chose Bastyr University to major in Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and also became a Nutritional Therapist Practitioner through the NTA and it has changed my world. I realized processed sugar, processed flour, processed foods are what were causing my health issues. I now eat whole, fresh food and I’m telling you from the bottom of my heart that it has made a huge difference in my life.
It’s not about fixing anymore, it’s about prevention. I truly believe the diet is one of the main causes for many chronic diseases. You really are what you eat, but more importantly, what you digest.
I love the phrase, “If it doesn’t have a mother or come from the ground…don’t eat it”, meaning if it comes in a wrapper, it’s processed and shouldn’t be eaten on a daily basis.
Julie Hall, BS, NTP
“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” ~ Ayurvedic Proverb…..Amen!