Here at Lutz Nutrition headquarters, we believe you can find the Root cause of your issues using FOOD so you can stop with the luggage of supplements. (And I have literally seen luggage bags of supplements.)
I am so passionate about showing folks that REAL FOOD is the path to health, and not expensive pills, shakes or supplements.
These products sell because they sell us a promise. They sell us a quick fix.
Many of us go through a phase where we believe that the answer to our healing crisis can be found with another $30, $40, or $70 bottle of pills guaranteed to fix our problem.
All this does is solidify our idea that there is ONE goal, ONE food, one "magic bullet" that will cure us.
Nothing "cures" us except - the body.
The body needs the proper set up in order to heal anything, and I mean anything: everything from cancer to weight loss and all in between.
It needs a nutrient-dense diet. It needs healing foods, drinks, herbs. It needs emotional and mental support. It needs exercise. It needs happiness and calm so it can remain in the proper nervous system and focus on healing and digestion.
From my nutrition education and in my practice I see that there are root causes to every issue we experience. Our body works as a whole, not as separate parts, there is always a connection and other areas/organs are affected when one thing is off.
Thinking that the root cause can be cured with a bottle of pills or a shake is what leads us to gym-bags worth of supplement shopping. Realizing that we haven't hit the real root cause with this behaviour is what stops us from buying, and allows us to start our search. I'm not saying we shouldn't take ANY supplements, I'm saying we should start with food and use supplements therapeutically (being picky about which we take and how we take them.)
Pro Insight: We also may be unconsciously buying because we don't want to find the root cause.
Often, we are our own worst opponent.
If something requires change, time or energy from us we can easily fight making that switch because we don't like change. We like safety and comfort. Often our symptoms get so comfortable, we've had them so long we just feel they are normal and we give up on making change.
It's more work to get to the root cause and create deep change, but it'll save you hundreds of dollars in the long run, and that's worth some inward looking and short term discomfort, isn't it?
You won't always find 100% healing at the bottom of a pill bottle.
But our belief that we might - just this time - well, it happens. So how do we know that supplements aren't the only answer to our path to health?
We have to go back in time....
Think of your great-grandmothers' day.
These people ate FOOD.... from the ground!
They got their nutrition from their diet, because their diet was based on real food. Sure, you can argue our food isn't as nutritious as now as it was back then (among other points) but doesn't it intuitively make more sense to focus on a well-rounded, nutrient-dense base diet first and then pick specific supplement(s) from there to fill in the potential gaps; instead of loads of pills first and filling a few of the gaps with food?
Where have all the good times gone? Well, they are past. The days of nutrient-dense real food that is accessible, affordable AND healthy are past us. We now have to make more effort (and sometimes, pay more money) to eat healthier because it is less available to us, and what's the most easily available to us is cheap, fast and unhealthy processed food. (Although, the food movement is growing and there ARE folks making it SUPER EASY on us, like our renegade foodie friends making powerful waves at One Big Table downtown Kelowna.)
"Back in the day" they didn't have the health issues we experience today (and due to the high intake of fresh foods + vegetables they ate they certainly didn't experience the amount of constipation, IBS, or other severe digestive discomforts we do) and they didn't have expensive supplements to fill their boots with OR wildly inflated-health-claims on super foods from foreign lands available to them and confusing them!
Supplements can be FANTASTIC in times of need, in times of re-balance required. But as the chemical imbalance is re-worked, other elements join in to create a harmonious healing combined with your nutrient-dense whole foods diet..... as more of these foods are introduced: more exercise and a happier routine, a coach that helps you put it all together... those are SO powerful to bring balance.
Here's how to get yourself out of the addiction to the supplement aisle, YOUR EVALUATION:
- Open the cupboard where you store your supplements.
- Answer this: Which of these are you actively taking? Do you know what each of them is for?
- Pick the top 3 that fit your symptoms right now and stick with them as per bottle directions
- The rest? Give to friends or return to the health food store for recycling
- Focus attention on the supplements that will help you now and deal with the rest responsibly (recylce or donate)
- See if they are working, do you even feel them? You should feel a definite change when you take your [high-quality] supplements regularly, which signifies that they are being properly used by your body
- Take responsibility for your supplement-obsession by being keenly aware of yourself + your 'quick fix' thoughts the next time you are tempted to just buy new ones (before you are even finished the ones you're taking)
Then, do the real deep work required to start feeling better in addition to taking your supplements: Head to the organic produce section to load up on healthy, healing whole foods. Head to your farmers' market. Head to the garden.
Find the root cause. Balance that body system using food and rely on our BODY to do the healing with the healing foods its given, rather than giving the power to all external substances.
I can create you a personalized nutrition plan just for your body right now, curating the specific foods, drinks and supplements (unless you are already taking some!) to add to your diet right now. I take the guess-work out of what you need in your diet to feel better right now. Let's gab about it.