What we eat is half the equation when it comes to digestive health. Just as we shouldn’t ignore the importance of how we eat, nor should we ignore the impact of what we eat. So I watch what I eat and have a particular ‘Home Base’ diet that works well for me.
As I make clear in the book – we are not what we eat – we are only what we digest, what we absorb, what we assimilate.
But does that mean I don’t watch what I eat? Definitely not!
What we eat is half the equation when it comes to digestive health. Just as we shouldn’t ignore the importance of how we eat, nor should we ignore the impact of what we eat. So I watch what I eat and have a particular ‘Home Base’ diet that works well for me. (I believe we all get to find our own dietary approach based upon our personal situation, so I don’t tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t eat.)
And as you know from the book, I also allow myself to temporarily throw my Home-Base healthy diet out the window when I go on ‘Vacation’ (see chapter 12).
“The fact is, organic food has become a wildly lucrative business for Big Food and a premium-price-means-premium-profit section of the grocery store. The industry’s image — contented cows grazing on the green hills of family-owned farms — is mostly pure fantasy. Or rather, pure marketing. Big Food, it turns out, has spawned what might be called Big Organic.”
Another interview I did on the last tour was with Kait Burgan of Shaw TV. We were on location in the Parksville library and it was a blast. Both Kate and her camera operator Kelly were a lot of fun between takes. (As you can tell by the constant grin on my face.)
Had a wonderful time on Vancouver Island last week doing presentations for You Are NOT What You Eat. Now hiding out at our wee cabin for a few days R&R, then heading back into the fray next week, starting with a private corporate presentation in Vancouver.
Did a number of radio, TV and podcast interviews last week and will get the links up as soon as possible. (Have very limited power at the cabin – on solar and we’re not seeing much of that these days! ;-))
But here’s a short (5 minute) spot I did with Warren Andrews on The River Afternoon Show. (Thanks Warren!)
Was down in Burnaby last week doing presentations on You Are NOT What You Eat at Metrotown and McGill libraries and I was contacted by James d’Isendoorn of Evolution Radio who’d read about the presentations and asked to do an interview. Our schedules clicked perfectly and we quickly had it set up for the next day. You can listen to it here:
Well that was fun! Got up at 5am Monday morning to drive down to Vancouver for an interview with Aamer Haleem on CTV News.
Had a few adventures … reached into my bag when I got there and came out with a hand covered with black ink – my pen had leaked all over my bag. “Permanent ink?” you ask. Yes. Squatting down at the curb on Robson Street, scrubbing away at my hand with tissues and water from my water bottle while the guy sweeping the street looked on. A moment to remember.
But everyone on the team at CTV Morning Live was wonderful – Andrea, Teresita, Buffy, Kumud, Chris … and Haleem, of course. Who was just as warm and personable in ‘real time’ as he appears on camera.
The impact of digestive problems in the workplace, for both employers and employees, is covered in interview with Charmaine Hammond on BlogTalkRadio
We took a look at the impact of digestive problems in the workplace for both employers and employees in this half-hour interview with Charmaine Hammond on BlogTalkRadio.
How big is the problem? It’s estimated that up to 50% of us suffer from digestive problems, and it has become the most likely reason we’ll visit a doctor. Imagine the impact on sick time and productivity!
Eating under stress is definitely a huge part of the problem, as is shiftwork, and constant snacking – all of which are addressed in You Are NOT What You Eat. The good news? The solutions aren’t that difficult!
Click link below to listen. (Might take a few moments to load but should then play automatically.)
Let me know if you have any questions and thoughts. Thanks!
Going to be on Global TV Sunday Morning News with Lynn Colliar this Sunday, September 30 at 12:25pm for a short interview about the book. I’ll wave to you all ;-)) (Well, perhaps just imagine that I’m waving to you.)
Arrangements for the interview as well as a flood of other events has kept me from posting Part 2 of Signs And Symptoms. My apologies! It’s coming very soon.
… digestive problems in the West are at an all time high. By some estimates, up to 50% of us now suffer from digestive illness. Those who have been battling digestive problems for a while are very familiar with the frustrating range of symptoms. But others might not even realize that what they are
experiencing could very well be the result of a compromised digestive system.
As I discuss in the introduction to You Are NOT What You Eat, digestive problems in the West
are at an all time high. By some estimates, up to 50% of us now suffer from digestive illness.
Those who have been battling digestive problems for a while are very familiar with the frustrating range of symptoms. But others might not even realize that what they are experiencing could very well be the result of a compromised digestive system.
Health care professionals can order a number of tests to assess specific components of your digestive system, such as the amount of hydrochloric acid your stomach is producing. But there are also some classic warning signs that will tell you right now if your digestive system is struggling to do its vitally important job. Here’s a quick list:
SIGNS and SYMPTOMS of POOR DIGESTION
Feeling tired and lethargic after a meal
A lot of gurgling noises after eating
Experiencing a lot of gas
Feeling bloated after eating
An increasing number of food sensitivities*
(*You experience symptoms such as headaches, fatigue, skin problems, diarrhea, migraines, cramping, nausea, inflammation, or joint pain after eating certain foods.)
Frequent bowel movements
Loose bowel movements (Or constipation)
Undigested food particles in your stool
I’ll start covering each of these in more detail in my next post. But until then, imagine that your
digestion is a fire. (In fact, this is the exact analogy commonly used in many traditional forms of medicine, such as those from China and India. And the hydrochloric acid and digestive enzymes in your body are very powerful – the hydrochloric acid could burn a hole in your skin and the enzymes can melt a steak into soup!)
Now, picture that fire burning hot and clean and someone adding fuel to it – let’s say the fuel is a bunch of branches. What’s the result? Now picture those same branches being added to a weak, cool fire. What happens this time?
With that in mind, go back through the list of signs and symptoms and see if you can intuitively
sense what’s causing them. And I’ll ‘see’ you soon!
Hello! And welcome to the first blog post for You Are NOT What You Eat!
It’s an exciting, busy time as I transition from talking to my computer for the last 6 months, to thankfully talking with human beings again. (That’s the joy of finishing the research, writing, editing and publishing of a new book, and moving into the realm of telling others about it.)
Early reviews and feedback have been excellent, which is a wonderful reward after so long working in isolation. So please don’t hesitate to let me know your thoughts and ask any questions you might have.
If you’ve read the book, you know how passionate I am about the subject of digestion and its vital role in every aspect of our health. And you also know that much of my passion was born out of my own chronic digestive problems – problems that are now a distant memory!
The road to digestive health for me was a long arduous journey that literally took me around the world. The solutions I found fit perfectly with the latest medical science. And as a former nurse trained in the Western medical model, that was important to me.
But the solutions have nothing to do with what to eat, and everything to do with how we eat. And it turns out this approach to digestive problems has been used in the ancient medical systems of Asia for thousands of years.
My education in the Western medical model taught me the value of double-blind, peer-reviewed, randomized studies. But my training in Japan and India taught me the value of thousands of years of clinical experience. Somewhere between the two is where I found the road to the vibrant health and energy I enjoy today. And those of you who know the frustration of digestive problems like I do, know what a remarkable feeling it is to be healthy again!
As we begin this journey together, I hope you’ll share your experiences so that others might benefit. And again, please let me know if you have any questions.