No one diet works for everyone. With our unique genetic makeup and individual taste, we cannot all thrive on the same thing. Yet, it seems like every day, there is a new super food or hot diet trend that does wonders for our collective overall health and well-being. Sure, some people feel energized and wonderful from quinoa, green juice or chia seeds, for example. But, then there are others who have digestive distress, headaches or worse, even from a food that is healthy and “good for you”.
Have you ever ignored aches, pains, brain fog or even irrational behavior? Is your body telling you something? Could dismissing these messages and signals impair your health? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may need the support of a Nutrition Detective!
Enter our guest blogger, Kelly Dorfman, (a.k.a. The Nutrition Detective). Kelly has been helping people develop nutrition strategies to address problems from chronic bad moods to strange rashes to sleep problems for almost 30 years. Not only am I excited to announce that Kelly will be joining K&C to share her knowledge at our evening event, Become Your Own Nutrition Detective , but I am also pleased to have her enlighten us with this week’s post.
Read on to learn why it is important to think about whether a particular food agrees with you, and also, to consider the source—so you won’t be caught eating pink slime.
Let Them Eat Slime, by Kelly Dorfman
Marilyn wanted to know if eating meat was a good idea and if so, what the healthiest meat was to buy. The only way to know if you will feel better is to adjust your intake and see, I replied. One of the jobs of a good nutritionist is to figure out what diet modifications suit the individual. A vegetarian diet is great in principle, but does not suit everyone. Toxins do concentrate up the food chain, so if you want to eat meat and be healthy, it pays to get the cleanest products possible.
I suggested she get her meat from a local biodynamic farm. Biodynamic farming produces lean, healthy animals without the use of drugs and pesticides. The philosophy stresses fostering social, ecological and economic sustainability via a diversified farm ecosystem.
Marilyn had heard of biodynamic farming but after a moment’s hesitation objected to the suggestion, claiming the meat was too expensive. I bit my lip so my mouth would not gape open in the universally recognized expression for, “You cannot be serious.” For what Marilyn had spent seeing the meat doctor, she could have kept a family of four in cutlets for a decade. Marilyn is firmly in the 1 percent income club, yet somehow she believes good meat is too expensive.
For those of you in the DC area, don’t miss the opportunity to hear Kelly share her wisdom on the surprising ways food affects your health and how you can use nutrition to look and feel your best. You will leave armed with tools to start your own investigation. Register here and get ready to be inspired!
Become Your Own Nutrition Detective
May 16, 2012 – Bethesda, MD
7:30pm – 9:00pm
Click here to register for this K&C event. Space limited.
Want to add a new expert resource to your nutrition library? Then check out What’s Eating Your Child? by Kelly Dorfman for all the inside information on the hidden connections between food and childhood ailments.