The Low Stress “Diet”

Have you intentionally poisoned yourself today?

Everyone should answer “no”.

(Or stop reading Live Well From the inside out and call 911 immediately.)

Are you being poisoned by the air you breathe?

But have you had a cup of coffee?A glass of wine? Smoked? Taken medication? Consumed any processed food today? Used synthetic cleaning products?

Have you breathed polluted air today?

If the answer to ANY of these is “yes,” than you have consumed a toxic chemical today. I know, in some cases you couldn’t help it; I discourage anyone from ceasing to breathe, and I want everyone to keep taking necessary medication until they can improve their health enough to leave it behind.

Food is not just energy; it is information. Like we said, the instructions you feed into your body will determine what your body does. If you eat properly, you promote health for you and your descendants. And the reverse is also true.

To prevent wearing out your organs with toxins, consider the Low Stress Diet. Michael Pollan famously summarized the principles of proper nutrition in one simple sentence, “Eat food, mostly vegetables, not too much”. That is the Low Stress Diet. It aims to reduce unnecessary stress on the body by eating the proper foods that promote healthy organ function and immunity.

Here is an expansion of the Low Stress Diet (for those who seek more than a sentence):

1) Eat as much as you need. No more, no less. Eating too much will make your digestive system work overtime to bundle and stash that energy.  Overeating can also stress out your liver and cause weight gain–in the form of extra fat.

2) Run from processed products. The closer a food is to being untouched, the better it is for you.

To start, flee from trans fat–often disguised as “hydrogenated” or “partially hydrogenated” oil. Trans fat refers to densely packed, mechanically flattened fat molecules. It cannot be digested–unlike natural fat–and piles up in the blood vessels. Consuming it places you on the fast track to heart disease.

The destroying, adding to, or rearranging of a naturally occurring chemical–like flattening fat into trans fat–makes molecules  the body cannot recognize or digest. Types of “processing” to avoid include: bleaching, emulsifying, coloring, texturizing, softening, preserving, sweetening, odor hiding, and flavoring. Start reading labels! The short list of risks of processed food is cancer, heart disease, obesity. But there is much more.

3) Eat various fresh vegetables as often as possible. Check out our previous post on plants for more, but know that vegetables reduce risk of cancer, increase immunity, fight inflammation, and diminish tumor growth.

4) Run from processed meat. I encourage the incorporation of vegetarian sources of protein, but I do not entirely discourage the consumption of meat because all bodies require slightly different lifestyle habits. That being said, no one’s body is designed to digest processed meat.

A 2010 study comparing processed bacon and ham with lean red meat it was shown that processed meat dramatically increases the risk of colon cancer. Still more studies have revealed a link to heart disease. Go with grass-fed, organic meat. If you cannot find that, buy meat labelled “no antibiotics or hormones used”.

SEAALL 2010

“Eat food, mostly vegetables, not too much”

That’s it! It is not a “diet”, but rather guidelines to promote longevity, mental clarity, immunity, and overall health with one’s lifestyle choices.

I encourage my patients to intentionally give their bodies a stricter break from toxins for about three weeks once a year using the Standard Process 21 Day Purification program which I have personally used annually for the past 7 years.

Have you tried purifying your system or are you trying now? Have you felt damage from toxins in your environment or diet? I’d love to hear from you! Please comment and share your story or email drclaps@clapschiropractic.com

Resources:

http://sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100517161130.htm

http://bodyecology.com/articles/hidden_dangers_of_processed_foods.php

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100816162631.htm

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~ by danclaps on August 28, 2012.

5 Responses to “The Low Stress “Diet””

  1. It makes absolute sense; the more you eat, the more your system needs time to break down all the extra food –adding stress 😉

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