See a naturopath and have your coffee/dairy/wheat too
WHENEVER someone finds out I am a naturopath they are either really intrigued or really skeptical.
Often it generates some kind of conversation about the supplements they take or their fear of seeing a naturopath in case they have to stop drinking coffee or eating bread for the rest of their lives.
Whilst dietary modification and supplemental prescriptions are part of naturopathic care, seeing a naturopath does not mean giving up all your favorite foods, eating kale or taking a shopping bag of supplements.
A large part of my practice focuses on what foods you could add in, rather than take out.
There are so many wonderful ways to cook, jazz up basic meals, improving flavour, texture and ultimately digestive compatibility for a person that can make a huge impact to how you feel.
I often ask people to eat more of those foods, rather than forgo their favourite treats.
I would never dare ask a new mum to give up chocolate, or coffee.
In fact, patients are often surprised when I encourage them to eat the choc coated almonds guilt free ( just make sure it’s the good quality dark chocolate ones!). Everything in moderation. I was taught that the difference between medicine and poison is dose. This is true for food - and coffee. I was recently complimented on some muffins I made for a girls’ weekend.
The secret was that I followed the recipe - adding all of the sugar.
If you are diabetic or have other issues with insulin resistance, eat less cake and jam, but that doesn’t mean everyone has to.
Believe it or not, some people can’t digest kale very well.
Studies have shown that if you drink one cup of coffee daily your concentration improves. However, more than one coffee daily can reduce your ability to absorb nutrients and for many people will contribute to poor sleep, anxiety and loose bowels.
And everyone’s threshold is different due to weight, metabolism digestive strength etc.
Naturopathic food prescriptions are all about working out what helps or hinders your health, with supplements being the icing on the cake.
If you are unwell, they can be a helping hand whilst you take time to making lasting changes to your health, diet and coffee consumption.
INDULGENCE: Treats like dark chocolate are fine in moderation.