Everywhere these days I see people using food as medicine. Whether it’s the paleo autoimmune protocol, an anti-inflammatory diet, or the GAPS diet, the healing power of food is in the spotlight.
I think this is fantastic!
I would guess that most people will see 90% of their health problems disappear with a return to real, nourishing food and healthy movement. You can read these kinds of stories all over the blogosphere–recovery from autism, healing PCOS, eliminating asthma, reversing Type II diabetes. They’re truly inspirational.
But then there are the rest of us.
Desperate to resolve my own health problems, which ranged from chronic infections to debilitating allergies to extreme fatigue, I worked for several years with doctor after doctor, naturopath after naturopath, book after book, blog after blog, looking for the perfect combination of diet and supplements and cleanses to heal my body.
I did candida diets ad nauseam, the Body Ecology Diet, the nearly-vegan mostly-raw Eat to Live diet, the Blood Type Diet, the paleo diet, and all manner of elimination diets to find the source of my chronic inflammation or avoid my food “triggers.”
My old health blog was a bit of a journal of these experiments. I talked a lot about the latest crazy eating plan I was on in my quest for healing.
And you know what? I got some relief. I really did. Being gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free helped.
Then again, I was living gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free . . . with no end in sight. This would be my life-long prescription, and while I was better than before, I was nowhere near vibrantly well.
Why Isn’t Nutrition Always Enough?
You might think of it like this. Does your car need the right fuel to run? Absolutely! If your car doesn’t start, what’s the first thing you should check? The gas tank, of course . . . and, uh, maybe the oil and other important fluids?
(Can you tell yet that I know almost nothing about cars? What was I thinking with this analogy!)
But if you’re putting generally the right stuff into your car and it’s still not running, isn’t it time to fix the car instead of endlessly tweaking the exact composition of your fuel?