How Food Affects Your Health
There are three basic elements in our diets:
1. Macronutrients—the proteins, fats, and
carbohydrates that are the building blocks of
2. Micronutrients—vitamins and minerals.
3. Phytonutrients—plant-derived substances that have
a positive effect on health.
Processed foods involve alterations in the food
supply that interfere with the best use of those
basic elements. Practices such as hydrogenating oils,
adding sugar and sweeteners, processing the life out of
grains, applying toxic agricultural chemicals, or using
trans fats may make the food have a longer shelf-life
or look prettier or appeal to our sweet tooth, but, as a
steady diet, they make us sick.
Food actually tells our bodies how to
function by signaling exactly when and how each
different type of cell should behave in every situation.
So, we want the very best information to reach our
cells in order to achieve optimal functioning.
Food is More than Energy & Information
Food also represents connection—families preparing and eating food together, affirming cultural bonds, enjoying celebrations and ceremonies.
The loss of the shared family meal with food prepared from scratch has been part of the transformation that is feeding the chronic disease cycle.
How Does Functional Nutrition Work?
Functional Nutrition emphasizes healthful eating personalized to YOUR genetics, lifestyle, environment, and health concerns. Functional Nutrition offers effective strategies and tools to improve your health, including weekly food and shopping schedules, healthful recipes, and recommendations about cooking and food storage methods, as well as steps to achieve mindful eating.
When you work with a Functional Nutrition practitioner from your healthcare team to help you understand and implement your personalized Core Food Plan, you will have access to a wealth of additional information to educate and support you in adopting a new approach to food and nutrition. Your provider will also determine whether other interventions are needed.
Changing eating behaviors isn’t easy, even after you are well informed about what to do. There will be ups and downs. But, unlike a diet, these changes are not harsh, short-term restrictions on your eating and they do not involve counting calories or depriving yourself of delicious, satisfying food. They are scientifically sound approaches that can benefit you
for a lifetime! In fact, if you begin with a few basic concepts, you will already be on your path: eat fresh, eat color, eat texture, and (from, best-selling author Michael Pollan) eat real food, not too much, mostly plants.
Welcome to Functional Nutrition—the most effective way to harness the energy, information, and connections of food to create health and reverse disease!