- What are some of the biggest myths around naturopathy/nutrition?
- that there is a specific health diet we need to follow: like vegan, paleo etc. – there really isn’t. I have had people eat really really “clean” and never lost a pound. The secret is that we need to eat respecting mother nature – based on our geography, our season and listening to your body. If milk doesn’t suit you, why drink it?
- That a person who exercises can get away by eating anything because their metabolism is high- this has been proven time and again to be false. you need to respect your body and choose wisely. your food is ultimately your building blocks of your body. Your body may appear to look physically fit, but its the food that creates your health.
- that you are genetically doomed to get a certain disease, not much you can do – you are your beliefs. so if you believe this to be true, you can’t reverse it. But read from sources that will deny or defy this set definition. There is scientific proof that nothing is carved in stone and you create your own health, not your genes. Genes can only switch on or switch off.
- that once you are taking medication (blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid etc) you can’t get off it – same as above point. You can get off medications. Seek the right people who can help you and who believe it can be done. There are many who have gotten rid of their medication – listen to their stories and explore possibilities. Most importantly, be open.
- natural medicine is too mild and slow for someone who has serious or chronic health conditions like stage four cancer.
When we talk about cancer and other diseases, know that there are already multiple cures discovered for them, not just one. How come you don’t know? That’s another story. Natural medicine also encompasses some really neat state of the art therapies and devices/gadgets that can create great change in a short amount of time. This is important for those who are fighting for their lives due to some disease. You need the right professional guidance to help hone in on which one(s) are appropriate for you. They are also more cost effective than conventional treatments.
- What is the best way to start a diet/health regime from scratch that you recommend? Does age/gender make a difference?
I don’t think that age and gender makes a difference at any point unless the person thinks it does. You create your reality as per your beliefs. Anyone can start a health regime by committing at least 20 minutes a day exercising (this can be any form like walking, running, cycling – some movement that keeps the heart rate at a consistent level) and 7.30pmmaking small changes to each of their meals. eg: start the day with a supergreen smoothie. Decide to eat more raw foods along with your lunch and make a commitment to have a lighter dinner which includes a soup. Eat dinner early by 7.30pm.
Just small but consistent changes like that can transform a person’s health. Add to the changes as you feel more confident.
- What is your nutrition mantra?/Philosophy?
to commit to working on a detox almost everyday – in different ways and different levels as time permits. To take time out for yourself each day to worship and take care of your temple – your body.
- Can you tell us some of the most common rookie mistakes we can avoid?
1.Before you embark on any DIY, get a blood test done to see what your nutrient gaps may be (eg: are your iron levels low?) this may straight away solve basic problems that you may be experiencing.
- The internet has information and misinformation. Ask questions, its good to be skeptic, but eventually, you need to trust your health care practitioner. Without that, nothing will move forward.
- Each body is unique. Treat your body with respect and listen to what its telling you. There may be days when you aren’t up to an hour of exercise. Your body may need rest – sleep when you need to. Most people tend to ignore the body signals and create a health challenge for themselves. It’s all about right time right action.
- Sometimes it is not what eat, but what you don’t eat. Both are equally important!
- 3 Tips to succeed at sticking to our eating and nutrition needs and routines?
Small bite size pieces that you can follow… small things that may not feel significant. Add to that just like a little spring that becomes a river – and big changes start to happen. These small changes are sustainable and then the bigger commitments don’t seem like a challenge at all, but is a pleasure because you are in the flow! Also, try and experiment and see what works – keep it fun! If you are bored of walking, try dancing in your room. That will make your day.