|Dear Patients and Friends
The ninth annual Global Wellness Day took place on June 13, 2020, and it did not disappoint. Each year, the annual event focuses on mental health, nutrition, exercise, and wellbeing.
Below is a great healthy eating tip from Global Wellness Day ambassador Adedamola Ladejobi, certified personal nutritionist and weight loss expert, who wants us to know that we are what we eat—literally.
Her motto is: View food as medicine!
I couldn't agree with her more!!
After suffering from Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and obesity, Ladejobi decided to make healthy changes in her diet and exercise routine to lose weight. It was transformational for her in multiple ways, including improving her health and contributing to weight loss. "I started to view food as medicine," she said.
"Your food is not just about weight loss or weight gain. You food literally dictates everything that goes on with your body," she said, adding that we need to focus not only on calorie intake, but also on macronutrients and micronutrients.
"We need to stop seeing food as just calories alone," she said. "Whatever you put in body sends signal to your brain and will also give you energy. So whatever you eat determines whether you have a great amount of energy on a daily basis or whether you're going to be weak all the time and suffer from fatigue."
Ladejobi said that what we eat also has a great impact on our mental health, too. "We do need to eat certain foods and one of these type of foods is healthy fats and getting good sources vitamin D," she said, adding that vitamin D is great for stress relief and calming the nervous system.
Especially following the coronavirus pandemic, Ladejobi said we need to include foods that can help our mental health, including foods that are rich in potassium, magnesium, and vitamin B6."
Lastly, avoid white sugar or anything with a long shelf life. "Whenever you're eating, ask yourself, are you feeding disease or are you fighting disease?" she asked. Some food for thought!
Please let us know if you would like some guidance about changing your foods.
We offer a FREE food assessment program in the office to help you making the right choices!!
Dr. Christian Reichardt, DC