There is no doubt that we are living in the era of busy lives, often running back and forth in haste. As we force our minds to work extraordinarily hard, we often end up unintentionally creating a slew of unhealthy habits either due to lack of time or energy (or both). Typically, unhealthy eating is one of them.

Do you make resolutions or promises to start eating healthy but end up in your old patterns every time? You are not the only one! Creating a new habit of eating healthy food is something many people struggle with.

However, can probably all agree on the power of healthy eating! This act of kindness toward your body has countless benefits and it is our hope that you can find a gentleness toward yourself once you know some of the top reasons for making the switch.

Improved Energy

A busy life with no energy for it is quite the conundrum, yes? Eating healthy is not a destination, it’s a journey. Getting to know what foods your body responds favorably and unfavorably to is a great start point. It’s tuning in to your internal knowing while tuning out some of the external noise (after all, isn’t there just way too much information out there, most of which is conflicting and confusing?). Once you find your sweet spot, you aren’t as likely to find yourself running out of energy so often.

One way in which to solve the mystery without all of the trial and error (who has time for that?) is to take our food sensitivity test. We’ll send you the test kit – either for hair or urine collection – so that you can do everything in the comfort of your own home. In two weeks or less, you’ll have the lab results showing which foods to avoid all together, which to eat in moderation and which are green-lighted!

Lower Risk of Disease

Improved energy is something we have more of when our bodies aren’t burdened with disease. And, our bodies aren’t burdened with dis-ease when we don’t feed them troublemakers. Some troublemakers are universal (excess refined sugar, trans fat, etc.) while others are bio-individual (nightshades, caffeine, etc.) where one person can handle a certain food very well that another cannot.

We know that cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment so the queue there is to avoid a highly acidic diet (which is easier to do when we cook at home, controlling the ingredients). Acidic foods include processed vegetable oils, coffee, flour, table salt and fried foods. Instead, look for whole foods (no ingredient list), which means lots of plants! For meat-eaters, opt for organic grass-fed beef, farm-raised, hormone and antibiotic-free chicken and turkey and free-range farm eggs.

Longevity & Quality of Life

In the presence of more energy and less disease, your odds of living a higher quality and longer life are much greater. If we want to play with our kids and grandkids, spend time in nature with our partners, travel and maybe even run that marathon (or just walk around the block), then it all starts in the grocery store and kitchen. Educate yourself on healthy, whole foods so that you can make better choices. Plan your meals so you don’t make rushed and desperate decisions. Hire a healthy meal prep service if needed!

There are plenty of ways to bring that longevity and quality of life in without completely gutting your entire routine. Remember, your pledge to eating healthy is an act of kindness to yourself and those you love. For if you do not take care of yourself, how will you be able to take care of them? 

If you want to get a clear visual of what is happening in your body, give us a call to set up an appointment. We’ll take a look at all of your markers in great detail and provide you with a plan based on your specific results, not just guesswork that results in mass-produced advice.

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The providers at the Advanced Center for Integrative Medicine believe that to treat a client we must understand the most important elements of each person’s individual needs, which include genetic & lifestyle factors, hormone health, toxic burdens, infectious conditions, previous treatments, individual health care goals, and nutritional needs.

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