Nutrition-the Healing Pyramid. Food is Power.

Nutrition – The Healing Pyramid!

Last month we talked about 50 shades of a headscarf! The topic was around food and insulin resistance. Let’s quickly recap!

Nutrition-The Healing Pyramid. Food is PowerFood is power, and it’s information that influences the expression of your genes, it literally talks to your genes! Healing food gives us the ability to take back control of our health.

Everyone is different; some things that work for some don’t work for others, but they all have this in common—inflammation is the driver of chronic disease. So with that in mind, it makes sense to eat more of the foods that decrease inflammation, eliminating/limiting the foods that increase it, whether you have a diagnosed illness or want to prevent one.

I recommend adopting an anti-inflammatory approach to eating. This is not a meal plan but a way of living. This anti-inflammatory diet/lifestyle enhances your metabolism to help your body function optimally; eating a plant-based, antioxidant-rich diet and minimizing toxic exposures could lower inflammation. No more counting calories, just choosing the right foods in the right balance.

Whenever you give your body food, you need to make sure it falls under three criteria:

  1. Keeps your gut happy.
  2. Regulates glucose, decreases insulin resistance, and balances hormones. Anything that causes insulin resistance will also cause inflammation, and vice versa. Insulin resistance leads to rapid and premature aging, and causes stroke, dementia, heart disease, cancer, hormonal imbalances, and so much more.
  3. Provides dense nutrients. Focusing on foods that are nutrient dense provides your body with the strength it needs to heal inside and out. Nutrient density creates resilience.

Those foods are veggies, clean protein and healthy Fat…yay! More fat!

By focusing on nutrient-dense foods, in the right proportions, that keep your gut happy, your glucose is regulated, and balance hormones will help lower your inflammation and optimize healing!

When hunger strikes, don’t focus on the foods you can’t have (because believe me, you will want them even more) and don’t listen to your pesky bad bugs as they will manipulate your mind and your cravings, as they work by changing neural signals along the vagus nerve, altering your taste receptors to make you crave foods that will help them thrive. Focus on the foods you CAN have.

I ask my patients (and children) to go down a checklist of foods that need to be on their plate, before they consider eating anything else. If we eat the carbohydrate first, we deprive our body the nutrient-dense foods it really needs to functional optimally. Each meal should contain a balance of vegetables, fats, and protein with adequate hydration.

Nutrition-The Healing Pyramid. Food is Power

Let’s focus on what you and your family CAN eat (demonstrated by the Healing Food Pyramid)! There is so much variety, and the combinations of mouth-watering healing foods are endless—you can never get bored. Let’s get started!

Let’s talk about veggies, protein and healthy fats!!….I love FAT! Ya I said it!!! We all need more FAT!!! Yay!!! Let’s get our Fat on!!!

Nutrition - The Healing Pyramid! Food is Power

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Taking Your Life Back,

Madiha Saeed, MD ABIHM

Holistic Mom, MD

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About the Author Dr. Madiha Saeed

I am a practicing family physician and an integrative holistic family physician, in Illinois!My book “The Holistic Rx: Your Guide to Healing Chronic Inflammation and Disease” was #1 new release in 4 categories and a best seller on Amazon, all before the official launch.The book has since been picked up by medical schools. We are changing the face of medicine!!!I’m the director of education at Documenting Hope - a national organization dedicated to heal chronic disease in children, a writer for Holistic Primary Care and a proud mother of 4 holistically-raised boys (who share their healthy habits on YouTube). On social media I'm HolisticMomMD . I speak nation wide igniting the world with my energy and passion to start a healing revolution! I have appeared on the Thriving Child Summit and I am the featured speaker for many more summits including the Shift Network's Winter of Wellness 2018 Summit – the most prestigious holistic online event (www.winterofwellness.com). I will be the featured guest on multiple episodes of the Emmy nominated medical lifestyle show Ask Dr. Nandi speaking on parenting and healing chronic illness.

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