The evidence is in: food matters.
Food matters for every system of the body. Consider this study, from Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, that states:
"what you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain....your brain functions best when it gets only premium fuel. Eating high-quality foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants nourishes the brain and protects it from oxidative stress....Diets high in refined sugars, for example, are harmful to the brain."
You have power, so much positive potential, every day...each bite does matter. Everything you eat can and will direct your body into health - or into disease. The moment you make a healthy food choice, is the moment the body begins to receive nourishment.
You are no longer even defined by your genetics. Yes, we do have DNA inheritance, and you may have some genetic weaknesses in certain areas, or mutant genes. But no longer can we fall back on the excuse of "well...my grandmother and my mother had such and such disease, so I guess I will also..."
Epigenetics is the science of gene expression: the biological mechanisms that switch genes on and off. The nutrients in our food interact with our genes. Nutrigenomics, is the study of this: the ability to use nutrition to affect gene expression.
“The new science of nutrigenomics teaches us what specific foods tell your genes. What you eat directly determines the genetic messages your body receives..." Dr. Mark Hyman
This is amazing. It means we are not victims. It means you have a lot of power, a lot of possibility to guide your body into health. And the easiest part of it all...?
Keep it simple. Eat real food. Forget fad diets. Just eat real plant food from the earth, preferably organic...and lots of it!
Dr David Katz, from Yale University's Prevention Research Center, and colleague Stephanie Meller, compared medical evidence from popular mainstream diets. They published their findings in a paper entitiled, "Can We Say What Diet Is Best For Health?"
The opening of the study states,
"Optimal eating is associated with increased life expectancy, dramatic reduction in lifetime risk of all chronic disease, and amelioration of gene expression."
After comparing popular diets, including: low carb, low fat, low glycemic index, vegan, mediterranean and paleolithic among other diets, the study concludes:
"The weight of evidence strongly supports a theme of healthful eating while allowing for variations on that theme. A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention..."
Your health is in your hands and well-being is possible. Health and food is my passion, and I am excited to share it with you.
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"For the first time in 20 years, I feel good about food! Working with Stephanie has given me the knowledge and guidance to stop fighting with food , and learn how to use it for healing.
Her approach is gentle and caring, and I whole heartedly recommend her nutritional training. If you are battling a disease, caring for loved one that is, or wanting to loose weight or improve health in anyway Stephanie can help!
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