What does it mean to attain true wellness? For each individual, this can mean a life with less pain, less inflammation, more energy, more focus, more happiness, more love; perhaps, all of the above. Whether you are seeking balance in your physical life, emotional life, or both, one of the primary factors contributing to whether or not you attain true wellness is rooted in what foods you choose to fuel your body with.
OILED & OPTIMIZED:
From the physical mechanisms which allow the heart to pump, lungs to breath, and brain to think, to carrying out complex “invisible” processes’ such as liver detoxification, immune system regulation, and emotional stability, what you choose to put into your body has a direct impact on how well the “machine” that we like to call a body functions day in and day out. When our well-oiled “machines” are bombarded with an array of stressors- from poor dietary choices, underlying/hidden health conditions, environmental toxins, emotional stress, etc.- systems start to fail, and life as we know it begins to slow down; sometimes even coming to a halt.
In his teachings in “The Swiss Secret,” Dr. Rau likens the body to an oil barrel. At birth, we are an empty barrel, spacious, clear, and open for filling with whatever we choose. As we grow, we are exposed – both willingly, and unwillingly- to a variety of factors. Food and chemical toxins, heavy metals, viral/bacterial loads, energy-disruptors, pollutants- all begin to clog up our once pristine barrels, slowing down the natural paces at which our body optimally functions, degrading our cellular health day in and day out. As life goes on, we learn to adjust to the burdening load, maintaining vital functions at a sub-optimal level. So you may be able to get out of bed and go to work, but your energy may be shot, your mood ever changing, and levels of inflammation-from weight to pain- rapidly increasing. At some point, the barrel begins to overflow, the toxins win, and a state of dis-ease settles in.
CLEANING UP & CLEARING OUT:
Alas, the outcome may seem dim, but fret not! We all have and hold the power to overcome disease, and while it may take some longer than others, but with some help, we can clear out the “gunk.” Remember the analogy of our bodies being “well-oiled machines?” Well not only can the body generate diseased states, but it also has the incredible ability to heal and regenerate itself. One of the most powerful and pain-free ways you can take hold of your health and reverse the overflow is to reduce your toxic load, sometimes the easiest being changing what you put onto your fork!
In the coming weeks and months, I will be delving deeper into how food can and should play a role on your journey towards health, alongside the additional treatments/support you receive at True Wellness. So please be sure to follow us on social media to keep up to date!
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Next week, I will be opening up to you, sharing my personal journey to health and wellness, showcasing the true healing and life-altering powers of food. I will also be highlighting the many ways in which I am here to support you utilizing my specialized one-on-one approach, as well as additional culinary-nutrition services that will be opening up in the coming weeks (workshops, tours, meal planning, kitchen sweeps, etc., etc.)
The beginning starts now. Let’s start taking steps to regain your true wellness.
And because I just couldn’t help myself… Here is a simple and delicious summertime recipe that will reboot your system and kick start the process of whole-body healing.
To your true wellness,
Genevieve – “G”
Certified Plant Based Nutritionist | CHHC| Culinary Nutritionist
True Wellness Biological Health
Cool, Calm, and Collected Coconut Elixir
Makes approx. 4 cups
4 cups unsweetened organic coconut water
¾ cup frozen organic blueberries, thawed – may use fresh if you have them!
1 bunch organic mint, (approx. ½ cup)
1/3 organic sliced English cucumber OR 2 organic Persian cucumbers, sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
Remove leaves from mint. In a large glass pitcher, place blueberries, lemon juice, and mint. With a wooden spoon, muddle the ingredients to form a chunky paste. Pour coconut water overtop, and allow flavors to meld in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight. To serve, pour overtop ice cubes if preferred, and garnish with a sprig of mint.