Increasing numbers of women and men seeking solutions for persistent health conditions are being encouraged by health professionals to change up their diet. In the news we are bombarded by information about why one should avoid fat, or maybe just saturated fat, why we should eat walnuts for heart health, or take a green coffee bean to help us lose weight. I don’t subscribe to or prescribe fads and trends, but I do see many people doing poorly with certain types of foods that are ubiquitous in the Standard American Diet (SAD.) Books like Elaine Gottschall’s “Breaking the Vicious Cycle” broke the news that we can heal our bodies from the ravages of Celiac disease, Crohn’s and many other intestinal maladies by avoiding certain types of carbohydrates, and especially grains. At one point Gottschall was the lone voice on the subject, but all of a sudden the book shelf at Whole Foods features a book titled “Wheat Belly,” by William Davis, MD, and a slew of gluten-free recipe books! For some people, cutting gluten out of their diets is sufficient, but for other folks all the grains seem to cause a problem; others find they are intolerant to dairy. What if you found out you had to eliminate all the grains, dairy and refined sugar? You might be tempted to think your life would be over, that you just couldn’t possibly eat well, feel satisfied, and goodness, what if you didn’t even know how to cook in the first place? Whatever would you eat? It might feel impossible and totally overwhelming. My clients may be cooking novices or experienced chefs, but all of them learn to make the changes that are necessary to regain their health and vitality. Most often they are surprised to find that preparing their own, highly nourishing, rejuvenating and phenomenally tasty food is a delightful enterprise!
With the next few posts I hope to address some common concerns about how to manage dietary restrictions in general. Dietary restrictions can be not only manageable, but a joy and a gift to your health and wellbeing as well as your taste buds. I will include tips and recipes for you to use, and links to helpful websites, books, films or blogs that you might enjoy and find helpful as well. There is a lot of information available. I will help to distill some of it and guide you to some good sources of information.