You Are What You Eat: 10 Steps to Healing through Ingesting

By: Loolwa Khazzoom, Founder, Dancing with Pain

May 27th, 2011 • Nutrition for Natural Pain ReliefPrint Print

As they say, you are what you eat. Considering the skyrocketing levels of illness in this society, we need to consider what’s wrong with the food we are eating and the liquids we are drinking. Here are my 10 steps to healing through ingesting, based on what I have found to optimize my own health and wellness.

As with anything, I advise taking baby steps if you are interested in implementing any or all of these options. Choose one step at a time, and you can even break it down into smaller steps. For example, if you are a junk food addict, think about eating one more produce item than usual each week. Or if you’re like me, do a 180 degree flip overnight! Yeah! Rip off that bandage!

And remember: Every body is different. What has worked for me may not work for you. Some people flourish on a vegan diet. Others wilt away. Maybe it’s because of how the diet is approached, but maybe it’s because of body type. Who knows. Just make sure you really listen to your body and your intuition, and do what makes the most for your body at this time.

  1. Purify your water.
    Get a badass filter that removes the toxins. I have MultiPure. It’s an investment, and it’s worth it. I’m worth it. You’re worth it. Our health is worth it.
  2. Purify your shopping.
    Purchase all-organic food. No exceptions. Every time you eat food that is not organic, you are putting chemicals into your body. If the pesticides kill little critters, what are they doing to you?
  3. Purify your diet.
    Eat a plant-based, ie, vegan diet. Dairy has been linked to cancer. Meat has been linked to heart disease.
  4. Avoid inflammatory and allergenic foods.
    Consider removing any and all sweeteners, gluten products, and soy products. If you are definitely allergic to other foods, get rid of them too.
  5. Don’t fry food unless it’s with coconut oil.
    Vegetable oils at high temperatures release free radicals, which have been linked to cancer. Coconut oil appears to have a sturdier foundation that does release free radicals when fried.
  6. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits.
    Emphasize green leafy vegetables (which are anti-inflammatory), berries (which have anti-oxidants that fight cancer), and bold colored produce. I can’t remember why, but I keep hearing from reputable sources that bold color means something rockin.
  7. Emphasize raw foods.
    I’m not a proponent of eating all raw foods, but it does make sense to emphasize them. The less you boil the fuck out of produce, the more nutrients will be preserved in there, in turn transferring to and nourishing your body.
  8. Drink green tea.
    Green tea has antioxidants and has been shown to help fight cancer.
  9. Take vitamins and herbal supplements.
    If you are on a plant-based diet, look into prenatal vitamins. They have a lot of the nutrients that vegans need to be especially careful about getting into their system. Also look into herbal supplements like the TruGanic brand of greens, flower essences, berry essences, and so on. Talk to a certified and trustworthy nutritionist or herbalist, like my all-time fave, Anasuya Basil, to get guidance on what vitamins and herbs treat  what conditions. You can also consult with one of the staff in the body section at a natural foods store, for free.
  10. Take probiotics and eat raw garlic and cilantro.
    Probiotics, raw garlic, and cilantro keep your immune system functioning in top form. You can chop up garlic and add it to salads or just about any dish. Same with cilantro. Again, I advise keeping it raw, to maximize the nutrients you get.

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