The death of real food is among us. We can see it everywhere we go.
We are losing the generation where home cooked meals with real ingredients were used, and gaining more and more packaged and processed ready-to-go meals.
According to Mark Hyman, MD: "The slow insidious displacement of home cooked and communally shared family meals by the industrial food system has fattened our nation and weakened our family ties. In 1900, 2 percent of meals were eaten outside the home. In 2010, 50 percent were eaten away from home and one in five breakfasts is from McDonald’s. Most family meals happen about three times a week, last less than 20 minutes and are spent watching television or texting while each family member eats a different microwaved “food.” More meals are eaten in the minivan than the kitchen."
Shockingly, we are also losing the ingredients themselves, through industrialization of our food, the biodiversity of crops, the herbicide and pesticide-laden farms, toxic water systems, the over-harvesting of our rainforests, and commercializing of animals.
It wasn't always like this.
How did we get here?
After the World Wars, and the movement to “Feed the World” they created an abundance of food-like substances, excess calories and a staggering increased food waste, which has further escalated problems like the big guys getting their hands on the food-processing factories - all the way to combining economics and politics like our big fight of why genetically modified organisms are in our foods and why we being kept in the dark about their ability to be labelled, and where's their safety guarantee?
And then there's driving or turning on the TV.
Billboards, magazine ads, facebook ads..... TV.
Food products marketing is EVERYWHERE (and the majority of it is completely untrue, like sugar-laden cereals being marketed as healthy.)
Remember, if a product screams that its healthy, it most likely is not.
Trying to find real ingredients is HARD. It takes consistent time, more money, and more dedication. The knowledge through our ancestors is being lost. We have “no time” to cook, shop for groceries, learn the basics.
Our world changed. Women went to work. We would rather work and have a career than be in the kitchen all day (sorry fellas) but also not everyone was taught how to cook from our mothers (they worked full time too, they never learned, or they hate cooking) and thus are lacking the skills.
Basic skills like selecting healthy food, how to pick fresh food, how to chop, cook and prepare food that isn't pre-mixed in a box or frozen package for us.
So we are eating food like substances. Day in, day out.
Junk in, junk out.
Even though our body hasn't evolved, we still require the same vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes from real food that we did 100 years ago, we just aren't getting it.
So our bodies' are suffering.
We are also working more (and raising families, and being on social media, and volunteering, and staying fit, and having pets, and staying social, etc etc)
We are high-strung, stressed and worried.
The science of our body, including both physiological and biochemistry aspects shows that our body as a whole is a wonderfully precise and adaptable being. Anything that Nature produces, seems to be perfect, resilient, and nourishing. The body can withstand a phenomenal amount of abuse, and the body’s homeostasis processes regardless help maintain this internal equilibrium involuntarily. We can go wayyy off track, take in lots of toxins, have mineral deficiencies, loads of stress and the body just makes it work. Incredible, right?
How do us Holistic Nutritionists' come in to the picture, if the body is just dealing with it fine?
The thing is, it can only deal with so much.
There is a tipping point.
The top of the barrel, overflowed.
One toke over the line, sweet Jesus.
Then a realization...
It happens ... and we realize that all those signals our body were giving were warning signs, and we didn't listen.
The pain, the diagnosis. That's our barrel overflowing.
We often can get un-stuck with the help of conventional medicine, and then turn to alternative routes for all the other things: stress, mineral deficiencies, exercise, massage, water intake, aiding the liver + kidneys, social aspects, food-accessibility aid, therapeutic foods, emotional help and more. So much more.
We help get your barrel back to a 'deal-able' amount. An amount that our amazing body can then properly deal with.
teaching you how to eat a healthy diet of a variety of real foods (by finding the holes in your food and pluggin' them up with super foods like certain fruits, vegetables or healthy proteins that will help your body along!)
participating in a range of physical activities (finding exercise/fitness that you LOVE)
adopt healthful attitudes (We work with your mindset and thoughts so you can make REAL changes!)
understand your emotional links with food and other lifestyle choices (Knowing the link is HALF the battle!)
have a repertoire of tools to help with positive stress management (RELAAAAXING is a big part of digestion!)
Join the movement
Find easy sources of real food, that are accessible and affordable. Define your priorities.
Find real food and eat it when you can. Deal with the barrel before it overflows.
Even though the death of real food is among us - and even though we can see it everywhere we go - we can bring back a generation of conscious people who care about cooked meals with real ingredients, who take steps to balance their symptoms and give love to their bodies.'
The movement is coming!
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