Three years ago, I admitted myself to the emergency department on Christmas Eve. What a wonderful end to traditionally the day I love most all year. After a week in hospital, I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease and was in a world of the unknown - what does all of this mean. Of course, I reverted straight to google and found online support groups and resources to help me understand my condition further.
When I left hospital I was told you need to go on a low fibre diet. I had to research this further and ended up seeking the support of a qualified dietician. A few months later, I was told to go on a wholefood eating plan. So I reverted to google again but quickly became so confused about can I eat high fibre, what will cause more angst to my condition, how do I understand all of this.
After a year of seeking professional health advice, from dieticians to naturopaths to nutritionists, I discovered that I needed to undertake my own learning and enrolled in a Wholefood and Plant Based Nutrition course. I wasn’t quite ready for a full plant based eating program, but made some immediate changes to help me live a healthier life and to feel less bloated and sluggish.
I discovered that whole foods are generally those that remain close to their state in nature. They do not have added sugars, starches, flavorings, or other manufactured ingredients. They are not primarily produced in a factory; in this way, they are the opposite of processed foods.
Because they are not manufactured, they are not manipulated to be addictive. Whole foods will result in a nutritious diet and one that is naturally higher in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
So I decided that after two years by this stage of trying to understand what I should and shouldn’t eat, I would focus on the fundamentals – protein, vegetables, fruits, and lots of color! Food that was as close to their natural state as often as possible, and after years of attempting to go gluten free, I decided I would cook as close to gluten free as possible and there my inflammation started to reduce. Dairy was always problematic for me so I tried multiple different options until I found the source highest in protein and nutritionally of value and one where I enjoyed the taste. Today my wholefood eating is based on ensuring I eat foods as close to their natural state, and then layer my additional nutritional needs to make sure it works for me.
Health coaching is not about a one size fits all model. Understanding what will work best for you, that fits into your lifestyle, but also achieves your health goals is the most sustainable model of coaching that achieves results and allows you to start embracing good health and wellbeing.