The Right Fuel

“Our love of medication is like trying to run a car on the wrong fuel and putting  an additive in to it to make it run well. trying to get academia away from drug treatment bafoodfuelfinalflippedck to nutrition and to use the right fuel has been a very
hard task. Often the simple answers can seem boring, old world and unsophisticated, but they work.”

Dr Simon Thornily, University of Auckland

This week I am going to look at putting the right fuel into our bodies not only to help them ‘run’ properly but also to help them be healthy and able to deal with all the ups and downs of life.

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Imagine if we all chose fuel for our bodies that gives us optimal performance day after day, also choosing to live in a way that never leaves us run down or exhausted, but vital and being able to live a full day every day without reaching for something to stimulate us to keep going.

As I began to look into this topic I came across this article by mind, body, green.  This is actually a course that is on offer called “Food as Medicine” and there are 6 areas they look into.  They describe the course as – combining impeccable science and traditional wisdom, presented in the most interesting, practical user-friendly way. So here, in short, are their 6 principles for not only using food as medicine but I think fuelling your body in all areas the right way.

6 Basic Principles Of Using Food As Medicine

1. Eat in harmony with your genetic programming — i.e,. the way our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate.

This means consuming far fewer grains (understanding that some people can’t tolerate wheat and other grains at all); little or no dairy (even if you don’t seem intolerant to it); cold water fish like salmon, sardines and mackerel as the preferred animal product; and far more intestine-activating fibre.

2. Use foods rather than supplements to treat and prevent chronic illness.

Whole foods contain a number of substances that work synergistically and may be far more effective than supplements that just deliver one of them.

3. Combine your nutritional plan with a program to reduce stress and raise awareness about how as well as what we eat.

Learning to eat slowly and mindfully will increase your enjoyment of meals, reduce your consumption of food (most of us eat so fast we don’t have time to register signals from our stomach that we are full), and help you make food choices that are better for you.

4. Understand that we are all, as the pioneering biochemist Roger Williams pointed out 50 years ago, biochemically unique.

We may be the same age and ethnicity, have very similar health status, ethnicity, and income, but you may use 100 times as much B6 as I do, and I may require 100 times more Zinc.

5. Find a health professional who will help you begin treatment of chronic conditions with nutrition and stress management (as well as exercise) rather than medication.

If medication was only prescribed, as they should be, after a thorough trial of non-pharmacological treatment, they will rarely be necessary. Looking at the root cause of medical issues rather than just for a pharmaceutical cure.

6. Don’t become a food fanatic.

Use these guidelines (and others that make sense to you), but don’t beat yourself up for deviating from them. Just notice the effect of a questionable choice, learn, and return to what works for you.

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I hope that this have given you some food for thought – I try to be open to new ideas or ways of looking at things.  I have been thinking for a while now in conjunction to cutting out sugar just how different foods can effect our bodies.  From sitting with my daughter while she has been studying biology and learning how the body works, I am continuously in awe of how amazing it is. So for our bodies to function at their best it makes sense to me that we need to put the right fuel into it.

Here is a final thought provoking quote –

The foods you eat exert a powerful psychological influence, stronger than any act of willpower: They influence your hormones, silently directing your metabolism.  They affect your digestive tract, your body’s first line of defense.  And they impact your immune system and your risk for any number of diseases and conditions.  Your good health starts with the foods you eat.”

Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, authors of ‘It Starts with Food’


Our relationship with food is important as it has a great impact on our health and wellbeing.