journey of a thousand miles must begin
with a single step.”
– Lao Tzu
A question most frequently asked to me
by my clients and customers is “How
long is _________ going to take to go
While I can respect the concern for effectiveness,
I am confused by the direct correlation
between health and time.
When the body is healing, it is working
to remove undigested, unusable material
and substances from the system.
With today’s current nutritional
and eating trends, most of the food we
consume satisfy caloric intake guidelines
yet provide little to no nutritional support.
Therefore, these empty calories hinder
major functions like digestion and absorption
because the vitamins and minerals extracted
for these tasks are not enough to carry
them out. This lifestyle results in stockpiles
of trash from the projects we get into
in our kitchens (or the kitchens of others
for my eat-out family).
Remember the first cardinal rule of bodily
functions is that if the food we consume
does not nourish the body properly, it
has little to no means to function with.
Let’s take a minute and contemplate
the meals we have on a daily basis. If
the bulk of our foods are overcooked,
over seasoned, microwaved, deep-fried,
boxed, canned or heavily processed, then
the body may be overburdened by preservatives,
additives and fillers, outweighing any
nutrients that may help the cycle of the
body going. These substances are man-made,
leaving the body defenseless and stumped
as to how to create chemicals to metabolize
and eliminate theses things.
Also, the nature of the body is essentially
organic, meaning that every cell, organ
and tissue thrives more when fed in accordance
to this origin- the creation of man is
of the earth, so this is where we will
find the foods that support us most.
So know that your process of healing
is an individualized program that caters
to your needs and concerns, moving you
towards your set of goals. This process
is an interactive as your results depends
on your participation in changing certain
hindering habits and adapting beneficial
We all know that water is an essential
part of the body’s makeup and a
substance that should be an integral part
of each day. Some of us cannot stand the
taste of water and avoid it at all costs,
relying of juices, teas and sodas for
thirst quenching. Though your personal
preference is to leave it alone, the body
would benefit greatly with an increase
of this each day, especially if the foods
you eat do not afford the body these necessities.
When the conscious mind makes this realization,
then progress will take place more rapid,
because you are putting the mental desires
into physical manifestation. So now that
spring is approaching, take this blooming
energy and use it to make some of your
aspirations come true. Seek out the guidance,
tools and support you require and stay
focused. Once the motivation is there,
you have completed half the journey.
Best wishes on the road ahead!
For any questions, comments, or suggestions
email Mariama at firstname.lastname@example.org
or check her site at www.integrativenutrition/graduate/healthyself.aspx