If you know my story, you will know that I came to natural health through the paleo community. I am forever indebted to such author/researchers as Loren Cordain, Mark Sisson, and Robb Wolf for introducing me to the way foods contribute to or take away from our health. These pioneers in the mainstream diet/lifestyle industry have made natural, ancestral eating popular among a growing swath of the population with very positive results.
When people follow a paleo diet, they usually very quickly begin to normalize their digestive system and weight, find increased energy and stamina, and even experience such far reaching effects as lifting of mental illnesses. I know that all of those changes were a reality for me on the paleo diet. Innovative recipe creators like Michelle Tam, Danielle Walker, Mel Joulwan, Russ Crandall and many others have made paleo cooking a possibility and enjoyable for thousands, if not millions, of households. Their cookbooks are in a prominent place in my minimal kitchen, and I frequently refer to them for inspiration even today.
With all of these glowing statements, you may be wondering why I am not still promoting the paleo diet.
While I believe the paleo diet to be effective at creating real change in body chemistry, I find that it does not adequately address the toxic environment in which we live to do the deep healing work the bodies of today need.
Even though I experienced so many positive health changes while strictly following a paleo diet, there were symptoms, some quite distressing, that just did not change. My options at that point seemed to be: find a conventional doctor to chemically treat my symptoms with drug therapy, find a naturopath who would also use a symptom based approach, but more natural healing methods, or live with my symptoms. I did not feel like any of those three approaches were going to result in the kind of health I was hoping to have, so I continued to look for a fourth way.
When God led me to nutritional balancing and showed me another way out of my health quagmires, I immediately recognized the truth underscoring the program and could not wait to start this journey. Two years down the road, I can confidently say that the paleo diet or any diet alone cannot hold a candle to the kind of deep and permanent healing one can experience with nutritional balancing.
As someone intimately knowledgeable in both the paleo diet and nutritional balancing, the most significant difference between the two is in their understanding of the environment in which we live.
With a paleo diet, you are returning to eating the whole foods that our ancestors ate. In the chemical and toxin-free environment of 10,000 years ago, those are the foods that best promoted health, and they were adequate. They are mostly still the best foods for our bodies; however, today, we live in an undeniably different environment. Chemical exposure alone is enormous from the beauty products we use to fragrances and other chemicals in detergents, cleaners, the furniture we buy, and the cars we drive, etc. The exposure is astronomical. Our bodies are actually able to remove chemicals fairly well. More detrimental to our health, is our constant exposure to toxic metals. Cadmium is in brake dust and marijuana. Aluminum is in deodorant and baking powder. Nickel is in tea, jewelry, and dental braces. Our tap water passes through metal pipes. Rice contains arsenic. Most of us volunteer to put mercury and other metals in our mouths to lessen the impact of the effects of our poor diets on our teeth. These are just a few examples of the ways we are exposed to metals.
The problem with metals is that when vital nutrients are simultaneously missing, the metals can actually perform some of the same functions as the nutrients, albeit at a highly suboptimal rate.
Metals can keep you alive, but they also make you very sick. For example, lead can take the place of calcium in your bones, making them brittle. Cadmium can take the place of zinc in your arteries turning them from flexible and strong to hardened and narrowed. For more details on toxic metals and how hair testing can both help us assess and correct their presence, visit http://www.arltma.com/Newsletters/ToxicMetalsNews.htm.
It does not take long to begin to understand the innumerable ways our physical environment differs from that of our ancestors. I am not even going to talk about the mental, emotional and spiritual stressors that also negatively impact our health. This different environment necessarily needs a different solution. Nutritional balancing provides our bodies with their most compatible foods, like the paleo diet, but it also supplies the specific nutrients your body needs to heal through targeted supplements while detoxing chemicals and metals out of your body through specific detox procedures and lifestyle recommendations.
Now, I not only follow a complete nutritional balancing program, but I coach others on their healing journeys with nutritional balancing. If you are familiar with the paleo diet and have experienced the benefits of diet change on your health, I encourage you to take a closer look at nutritional balancing. It is THE program to tip you over the edge and is the fourth option out there for forging a new life of health without side effects and without paying corporations for chemical drugs that will suppress and not correct symptoms.
Trust your body to heal itself deeply. Begin the work today and experience the benefits now and for the rest of your life instead of waiting for that irreversible diagnosis that will eventually come.
Within the boundaries and changes of nutritional balancing you will find health freedom that allows you to live your life fully and meaningfully without hindrances from your body.
Standing on the other side of many alarming health problems and in the midst of continued healing, I am telling you, nutritional balancing provides the most effective path to wellness available today.