Through being an NTP I’ve met so many people who’ve overcome and/or manage health challenges that most people (sadly, even their doctors) believe are incurable. When someone overcomes something like that and I see them with my own eyes and hear their stories it fills me with so much hope.
Though the specific way they do it varies from person to person, there’s one thing they all have in common. They all eat whole foods and avoid refined foods and foods that they discovered were a problem for them personally. So simple, so beautiful. It sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not though.
Amazing things happen when you remove heavily processed refined “foods” that don’t support your health (and actually rob you of health) and include the foods that provide the nutrition your body needs to function optimally, stay healthy, heal and thrive.
Here’s a list of healing diets I love (in no particular order):
The Paleo Diet is comprised of nutrient dense whole foods including meats, seafood, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. It excludes all grains, dairy and legumes.
The Wahls Protocol is a modified paleo diet developed by Terry Wahls, M.D. when she was in a wheelchair and on her way to being bedridden with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. By following her protocol she reversed symptoms, is no longer in a wheelchair, rides a bike and has help thousands of people do the same.
The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is a modified paleo diet that excludes nightshades, eggs, nuts, seeds and alcohol. It was developed by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne Ph.D. to help the immune system regulate and give the body a chance to heal from autoimmune diseases and other chronic degenerative diseases.
The Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet (GAPS) was developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell- McBride MD, MMedSci(neurology), MMedSci(nutrition) to help her son who was diagnosed with autism. He no longer has that diagnosis. She has helped thousands of patients. The diet is a modified version of Dr. Sidney Valentine Haas M.D.’s Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). The SCD diet became popular after Elaine Gottschall healed her child’s Ulcerative Colitis and became an advocate of the diet.
The GAPS diet gives the digestive system a break and chance to heal through several stages. It starts off with broths and more whole foods are introduced over time depending on each person. Since most health problems have a digestive component, the GAPS diet can help with many health challenges.
Low FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo- Di- Mono-saccharides and Polyols. These are carbohydrate components of foods that can cause digestive symptoms. This diet involves eliminating high FODMAP foods for a period of time while simultaneously working to improve digestive function.
Traditional Foods Diet/Ancestral Eating includes all whole foods prepared in the ways our ancestors learned was best for health. Dairy is raw, nuts seeds and grains are soaked and/or sprouted. It’s based on the work of Dr. Weston A. Price DDS, a nutritional pioneer who traveled the world and studied traditional people’s robust health before they were ever exposed to modern refined and processed foods. He also studied the same groups when they first began eating refined and processed foods, saw and studied their subsequent decline in health.
I hope this post is helpful and helps raise awareness of the encouraging things that are happening with whole food nutrition. If you’d like help transitioning to a whole food diet and discovering the way of eating that is best for you, I’d love to work with you!