Is Nutrition Really That Simple?

Yes.

Nutrition really is that simple.

We get asked all the time, “What is a healthy diet?” People are constantly confused about what they should and shouldn’t eat. Is gluten okay? Is low carb or low fat the best way to go? Is vegan the best diet or paleo?

There is a multi-billion dollar food industry that profits from your confusion. Uncertainty allows them to develop “food-like products” that fit the latest “healthy food” fad.

The truth is, nutrition really is very simple. Eat foods that nature makes and cook them yourself!

Enjoy this short video in which Micheal Pollen, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Food Matters and Cooked, tells us how simple it really is.

Join us at the Georgian Bay Health Food Store, located in the Cranberry Mews, on November 25th at 6:30PM, to learn more about nutrition, and why food really is medicine!

Less but Better

I love “falling back”. It’s my favorite day of the year. My husband teases me mercilessly, but I can’t help it—that extra hour just feels like I’ve hit the jackpot. One more hour to sleep. One more hour to get more done. One more hour to tackle the never ending to-do list.

But while it’s great to enjoy a free hour, it’s also a sorry statement about our culture. Are we so over-extended and under-slept that one extra hour in a whole year feels like we’ve won the lottery?

Sadly, I think the answer is yes. So, as the euphoria of that extra hour wears off, I pass on to you a reading recommendation. The book Essentialism by Greg McKeown is a fantastic read about getting you off the rat wheel and into a more rested, productive and centered life.

Stress is such a huge contributor to unwellness and disease, and much of the stress in Western culture is self-induced. We feel we need to be more, do more have more. We say yes to every request and opportunity, and say no to sleep and time to rejuvenate. And the result? We become less healthy with each passing year.

As Greg McKeown says, over and over again, if we focus on “doing less, but better” we stop spinning our wheels, we focus on the most important things, and start to build lives of meaning and contribution, without mortgaging our health and relationships.

Miracle Health Treatment

Like most health care professionals, Naturopathic Doctors aren’t allowed to make health claims. We’re not supposed to tell you we can help with your digestion, your immune system, your energy levels, your hormones, or anything else.

Some rules are just begging to be broken, though.

What if I told you about a treatment tool that could:

  • Reduce depression, stress and anxiety
  • Help improve job performance and sexual function
  • Help prevent cancer, heart disease, dementia
  • Decrease bone fractures, arthritis
  • Reduce youth smoking, pregnancy and drug use while improving test scores and the odds of going to college
  • Improve sleep, concentration and form new brain cells
  • Boost your mood, your self-esteem and your immune system

And, if that’s not enough for you, it’s also the number one treatment for fatigue, and reduces your risk of DEATH.

That is one heck of a health claim. And that’s just scratching the surface.

What is the miracle treatment that does all this?

Exercise. And not even hard exercise. You can get astonishing benefits from just walking around.

The truth is exercise makes everything better.When we exercise, our blood flows to all regions of our body. This blood brings oxygen, nutrients and then takes away the waste we make when we use them. It lubricates our joints, stimulates healing responses and release endorphins, our natural pain-killing and feel good chemicals.

We’re not allowed to make health care claims. But the challenge should no longer be to prove where exercise helps.

It should be to prove where it doesn’t.

At this point, it’s looking like a short list.

Need more convincing? Try this video: