Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit

Eat Your Way To Health

JANUARY 2012, THE JOURNAL MAGAZINE BY SONIA MANNING

Food is medicine – or it can be if you eat the right food.

It works the other way too, of course. Poor nutrition increases your susceptibility to illness, creating biochemical imbalances in the body’s systems. It can lead to any number of illnesses as well as more general feelings of tiredness, nausea and wide-ranging digestive problems.

The bodily systems affected by poor nutrition include the immune system, hormonal, muscular, skeletal, cardiovascular and cognitive reasoning. Consequently, we see a whole range of symptoms when people come to us for help. All the digestive illnesses of course – Celiac disease, Crohns disease, Colitis, IBS; these are all issues we can deal with through nutrition. But nutrition can also be at the heart of many other conditions, from skin problems, exhaustion and migraines right through to ADHD, diabetes, arthritis or auto-immune conditions like ME.

While our nutritionists will assess, test and understand you at the biological and chemical level, it is likely that there are emotional and psychological factors involved too, and our experienced therapists will work alongside the nutritionists to ensure mind and body are healed together.

A journey to better nutrition requires an open and honest approach and an absolute commitment to the process. It isn’t always quick progress (although there are often quick wins such as stopping eating bread, which can instantly reduce bloating and lethargy). Once our nutritionists have finished their assessments, they create an individualised food programme that is right for you at that moment in time. The programme won’t always be the same because your situation won’t always be the same.

Creating the right programme is not just about allowing certain foods and stopping others; it is about understanding how your body is dealing with the foods, why imbalances have formed and how different nutrients are interacting inside your body. These imbalances must be addressed on a detailed, intelligent level – not just through taking lots of supplements and hoping for the best.

The healing process can be quite a journey. When a client follows our nutritionists’ advice, they often feel dramatically better within a matter of days. A more demanding period often follows and this is where our support really counts as we work together to battle through the difficult times. The battle is worth it though because by coming through it, clients begin to see real and profound results. It then really clicks just how significant the right nutrition is and how it can utterly change their lives.




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What’s good – and what’s not?

It’s never as simple as giving people a list of good foods and bad foods because everyone’s situation, diet, body, mind and goals are different. However, there are some basic tips to set you off in the right direction and undoubtedly make you feel better. But don’t expect miracles (for that, you’ll have to come and see us!).

  • Eat real food – fresh, seasonal, organic
  • Eat less refined food such as bread, cakes and sweets. The fewer processes your food has to go through before you eat it, the better
  • Reduce consumption of wheat, dairy and sugar. Along with processed foods, these are what the body finds hardest to digest
  • Don’t cut out all fats – make sure you get good fats like olive oil, nut and seed oils and even butter
  • Where possible, have a balance of fat, protein and carbohydrate in every meal
  • Go to the supermarket less and buy fresh food locally more
  • It’s best to take any supplements under the advice of a nutritionist as part of a programme
  • Be wary of weight-loss clubs and fad diets. They can be very damaging.