Pillar #1 - Nutrition

The foundation for how we nourish ourselves and cultivate radiant health.

The first pillar, Nutrition, is the bedrock for creating your reality through generating radiant health in every cell of your body. It includes the foods and all forms of nourishing energy that you take in to your body through breathing, sensing, and eating.

Scientific research has shown that there is no one “right” diet for every human being on the planet, but intuitively, we know what diet is best for us and know how disciplined we are being meal-to-meal throughout our lives. Consider everything that influences your nutrition, from processed foods and whole fruit and vegetable intake to antioxidants and other micronutrients. Additionally, other factors of nutrition include: quality time spent in sunlight, breathing clean and fresh air, and time spent connecting with other forms of nourishing and sustaining energies such as time spent in nature and other electromagnetic energies in your environment.

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What is Nutrition?

What most deeply nourishes the essence of who you are? What does your body need, not only to heal, but to THRIVE? What gift can you give yourself right now to feel your absolute best? What do you need to take in that will generate radiant health in every cell of your body?

Most of us never truly ask ourselves these questions when looking at our nutrition. Many of us simply view our nutrition as a means to an end: pleasure, fuel for energy, etc. When most people, even many experts, talk about nutrition, they typically focus on calories, specific nutrients (fat, carbohydrate, protein, vitamins, and minerals), and basic pieces of the puzzle that typically comprise what we eat.

However, this fragmented approach misses the totality of what nutrition really is about. Yes, diet is a fundamental aspect of nutrition, but nutrition goes far beyond just our diets and food.

Ultimately, nutrition encompasses all of the essential nutrients, cofactors, and energies that are needed to assist us in cultivating whole person radiant health. This includes food as a form of energy (beyond just calories), diet as a foundation for healing and nourishment, how to fill in dietary gaps (supplements, superfoods, etc.), nutrition for optimal health and longevity (herbs, spices, medicinal plants, phytonutrients, antioxidants, etc.), how our nutrition influences our genetic makeup (epigenetics and nutrigenomics), nutrition for recovery and cellular regeneration, diets and global ecology, healthiest and safest food sources (organic vs. inorganic, pesticides/herbicides/fungicides, wildcrafted, soil health, factory/artificial foods, etc.), water, sunshine, breathing, and air quality. As you can see, nutrition goes far beyond just the foods we put in our mouths every day.

Scientific research has shown that there is no one “right” diet for every human being on the planet.1 Some diets that are right for certain people may include various amounts of animal proteins and/or dairy products, while for others, these may be completely unnecessary or even harmful.

For some, eating raw foods and/or high levels of carbohydrates is highly beneficial, while for others, cooked foods and/or high levels of quality fats may be better. This is why it is important to begin really asking ourselves the questions at the top of this page and truly allowing our intuition to guide us.

We all intuitively know what foods are best for us, but we often ignore that part of us in order to feed our addictions and beliefs. The first step to supercharged nutrition is cultivating internal nutritional wisdom and intuition.

According to a multitude of scientific studies, diet alone may be the largest contributor for promoting or preventing health and disease.2-5 Upwards of 75-95% of the diseases we see in our world today can be attributed to nutrient deficient and toxic food intake.2,5,6 Ultimately, a diet that has whole, unprocessed, plant-foods (vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, etc.) as the foundation (90% minimum of total calories) provides the most nutrient and antioxidant density with the least exposure to toxic chemicals.7-9 When it comes to nutrition, quality matters much more than quantity.9

There are three primary aspects of supercharged nutritional empowerment, and each step builds on the next (These steps are completely optional. You may have your own steps for nutrition that you prefer to follow. This is simply a guideline you are welcome to adopt if it feels right to you.):

Step 1: Diet – The foundation for what we eat on a daily meal-by-meal basis (Optimal: mostly plant-based, “nutrient dense”, vibrant, colorful, fermented vegetables, utilizing various herbs and spices, etc.). Daily sunshine during the middle of the day along with quality fresh air and pure water are critical to our daily diet.

Step 2: Insurance Policy – Once diet is established, the next step is to fill in the nutritional gaps that are missing from our diets due to various uncontrollable factors (e.g. demineralization of the soil, factory farming, poor climate conditions, sub-optimal growing conditions, etc.).

Even a varied and completely plant-based diet in today’s commercial farming and mass producing world will be deficient in some, if not many, critical nutrients needed for health. Many people take a multi-vitamin and/or multiple supplements every day as a way to fill in the gaps, but as research shows it is significantly better to get our nutrients from whole food sources as much as possible (Superfoods: most nutrient dense foods on the planet to cover up gaps missing in diet. Examples: raw cacao, hemp seeds, chia seeds, brazil nuts, sea vegetables, goji berries, marine algae oils for DHA and EPA, etc.)

 

Step 3: Tonic Herbalism – Once Steps 1 and 2 are established, Step 3 is how we can take our nutrition to the next level to generate an internal reserve of support that will increase our body’s ability to adapt to stress and fend off disease. The ideal plan is for you to research the various herbs from around the world (Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic, etc.) for whatever attributes you find appealing (e.g. longevity, stress management, healthy hormones, libido, fertility, immune health, etc.) and pick the top one to three tonic herbs in those categories that you feel are most supportive for you. A tonic herb is one that is gentle on the body but has the capacity to build up powerful positive benefits over time.

Therefore, you need to take them on a daily basis in order for them to work (Pick your favorite 1-3 herbs/tonics/supplements and take them on a daily/regular basis. Examples:chaga or reishi mushroom, ginseng, amala berry, maca, ashwaghanda, mucuna, he shou wu, etc.).

I deeply nourish myself and cultivate radiant health by taking in high quality nutrients.

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Resources:

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  8. Drewnowski A. Healthy diets for a healthy planet. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2014;99(6):1284-1285
  9. Gardner CD, Trepanowski JF, Del Gobbo LC, et al. Effect of low-fat vs low-carbohydrate diet on 12-month weight loss in overweight adults and the association with genotype pattern or insulin secretion: The dietfits randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2018;319(7):667-679.

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