Food fuels the body, it comforts the soul, it triggers emotions. Food is woven into the fabric of our ancestry, and has very deep roots into who we are and how we live our lives. Food is the center of our celebrations and our comfort in times of grief. Food can cause allergies, brain fog, digestion issues, inflammation, sluggishness, and it is also the greatest of all healers.
I have come to this miraculous realization with the help of many brilliant doctors, nurses, nutritionists, and practitioners, but none more transformational than the help of Ayurvedic Total Health Coach, Ivette Desai.
Growing up with an Irish mother and a Scotch and German father, white flour, sugar, and dairy were the basic staples of our diet at home, as I believe it was for most households across America. During the 1970’s, we ate what we thought at the time was a healthy diet. like margarine instead of butter.
The dots that were never connected for my family were the ones that would have saved most of us from recurrent hypoglycemic episodes and migraines throughout most of our lives, which we accepted as just a part of our every day as “just something we experience”. My mom, who’s suffered all her life from migraines, was always of the belief to just accept and don’t question. I am often blamed for analyzing everything. For going too deep, for questioning too much. At 53, that’s not a switch I can turn off so easily, nor is it one I intend to.
Inquiry is what drives me. I wonder. I question. I analyze. I always want to know why. What’s the cause of that? It’s how I’m wired and I’m unapologetic about it. I was never satisfied with fixing an issue, I wanted to get to the root of the problem to prevent it from occurring again. That’s a lesson from my dad that was instilled in me very early on.
I like to be out and about having a good time like everybody else, and I so desperately wanted to be like everyone else who could go about their day and just enjoy themselves without having to wonder and worry about if they’re body was going to give out and start shaking and shut me right in front of everybody.
I could no longer tolerate the sudden drops in my blood sugar levels that brought me down quicker than I could say, “Pass the sugar”.
I sought the help of a nutritionist at the Schachter Center for Complementary Medicine in Suffern, New York, and with a quick glance at my food journal, she asked me about the healthy fats that were missing from my diet.
Innocently, I asked her, “What are healthy fats?” And she told me, “Olives, avocados, watermelon, nuts, seeds, oils, fish, coconut flakes, chia seeds”, and of course there’s more, but these ones were a game changer for me, my diet, and my lifestyle!
I Immediately added these foods into my diet and was on cloud nine! I felt like I had the answer to all of life’s questions! Healthy fats were the missing piece to my puzzle. They were the answer to the ancestral programming in my body and the myth I was telling myself for way too long about, “this is just my makeup and something that I have to deal with”.
You’re not going to like what I have to say right from the start today, so I’m encouraging you to try your best to stay open and receptive, because today we’re talking about food, and I’ve had enough conversations about food with people to know that the topic of food is like politics, religions, and money. You don’t go there.
Food is very controversial. Don’t challenge a person about what they put into their body and what they feed to their family, because you will tick them off. People do not like to be challenged about what they eat, trust me, because I’m one of those people.
Since this isn’t a conversation, per se,