1. to behave towards or to deal with in a certain way 2. to try to heal or cure. We also use it as a word for reward, having a treat, ‘I’m treating myself to this (because I deserve it).’
Over the last weeks I have looked at the word treat, both as ‘a treat’, in this post, and in how we behave towards ourselves and ‘treat ourselves’ as part of The Whole Food Rainbow’s favourite saying TREAT YOURSELF WELL in this post. Today I’m going to focus on the meaning ‘to heal or to cure’.
I try to heal myself, I treat myself with food, I have multiple health conditions, mostly autoimmune, and in order to reduce the symptoms as much as I can I avoid (as in never have) gluten, dairy, grains, sugar, alcohol, nightshade-family plants, non-fermented soya, and caffeine (although recently I have slightly fallen off this wagon and have been horribly seduced by coconut lattes…). I eat a healing, anti-inflammatory diet, and this is treating myself well in every way. The word heal, or term healing for many has other connotations. I’m not talking about laying on hands here, I’m talking about chemistry and the real relationship between food and health. For everyone foods can nurture and promote health, or they can hinder and cause illness. For some the relationship is more complex still and a simpler specialist diet is needed.
Before eating this way, and avoiding the foods that made me unwell, before eating an anti-inflammatory diet, I could barely walk for 20 minutes before I was completely lame and in a lot of pain. Yesterday I was here, on top of the moors.
On the way home my knees and hips were painful (and I’ll have to hobble around for days), but I did it! I never thought I’d be able to climb a hill again, the food I eat and share on The Whole Food Rainbow has given me my life back in so many ways! My life is not pain-free, but every day it is a blessing, every walk I feel is a gift. And for people with less complex health, the improvement can be greater, with a strict diet many arthritics can be free of pain.
let’s shout it from the rooftops!
I have used elimination diets to ascertain which foods disagree with me, and by doing this greatly improved my quality of life. My health is however very complex as I have so many conflicting health conditions, most of which are affected by food, (unfortunately not my hands for which so much is not understood and the pain relentless) so for me it is not a cure I am seeking (though that would be absolutely G R E A T and also not impossible!) but improvement; eating the food I do reduces pain and inflammation to a significant extent. And also as a highly sensitive coeliac and lactose intolerant, if I were to eat gluten and lactose I would be very ill for a long time and enrage all my health conditions, I can’t even breath them in. I am very sensitive to food, and I use good wholesome anti-inlammatory foods to heal the inflammation in my body and to be as well as I can be.
Many people use a very similar whole food diet to give their bodies the best chance they have of fighting disease and to control their health conditions.
what is being realised is that people can manage their conditions and heal themselves through a balanced, wholesome plant-based diet.
This may be a complete reduction in symptoms, or an improvement. A really important fact is that type 2 diabetes, an insensitivity to insulin caused by fats blocking cells, can be reversed through diet, exercise and resulting weight loss, this is a modern-day epidemic that affects a broad range of people from all walks of life, and has huge health ramifications if left unchecked. Spread the word that a low-carb plant-based diet of whole foods is the way to treat it and to keep it at bay. It is so important that everyone understands this and finds the support that they need. All the recipes on The Whole Food Rainbow are great for type 1 and 2 diabetics, they help create a diet that is low carb, low GI/GL, whole food, alkalising and anti-inflammatory, helping to heal the damage that such disease causes.
Many people have treated their autoimmune conditions, and keep symptoms at bay, with a whole food plant-based diet. See Deliciously Ella for her story, also Kristy at Keeping it Kind and Ella at Pure Ella, and they are some of many. Please do share your story too, leave a comment, the more we all know the better for everyone!! Pass the information on, there are so many people out there who are living with poor health and who can be helped, they just don’t have the information. This isn’t right!!
knowledge is power!
But just knowing something isn’t always enough, we have to be reminded of it over and over, to really learn it and live it. This can take time. It has for me. It’s a process. For example I know that coffee doesn’t agree with me, I have arthritis and it is highly acidic and makes it worse. I follow an alkalising diet. I gave coffee and all caffeine up for 9 months or more completely, which has helped reduce my pain, especially in my feet, and also my arthritis. But it has made a comeback in my life recently in the form of coconut lattes and in my mind this is a real treat, and calling it that is somehow completely irresistible. I’ve got to re-train myself and gain control, so that if I choose to have a coffee it is my choice, I’m not helplessly falling under the power of my minds whim and will. And that’s part of the process, I’m not a machine, I’m a human (and a
recovering reforming (bad) treat-addict). It takes time to change our behaviours and that involves falling off the wagon sometimes, and getting back on.
Food sensitivities are greatly on the rise, and many people are avoiding refined foods, gluten, dairy, sugar, and other inflammatories in order to pursue better health and to protect the health they have. Many people eat a balanced plant-based diet of whole foods, of real foods, as a preventative measure, and just to be as healthy as they can be. And just because it is the best food there is too. IT IS REAL FOOD.
once you embrace a plant-based diet of whole foods you never look back, the food is just so never-endingly varied and good!
For everyone, an anti-inflammatory diet, which is basically a plant-based diet of low-processed and whole foods, including fruit and veg (I avoid nightshade-family plants), seeds, pseudo-grains nuts, pulses and fermented foods, is the optimal way to eat. People see a real improvement in their energy, in their immune strength, in their mental health, and in their general well-being and ability to cope with life’s many challenges. Many people have reported how embracing this way of eating and treating themselves has lifted their depression and completely transformed their life for the better, which just says it all really. It’s the natural food we’re meant to eat. And it’s how we’re meant to live.
What we put into our bodies has a huge effect on how we feel, on who we are, on our relationship with ourselves and the world we live in, that goes far beyond the chemical.
What I want from The Whole Food Rainbow is to share good food, delicious wholesome food that gives everyone a chance at a good life, that can help heal and nurture the body, and the knowledge that this is possible. Throughout my posts I have links to other sites with more detailed information and also summaries of many health conditions and the specialist diet that can help ease the symptoms. If you need it to be, the information I share can be a springboard in your learning journey and my food, and that of the many other wonderful plant-based bloggers out there sharing their incredible food and words, can help make you and your loved ones happy and well, and give you inspiration.
If I had to sum it up, my message is to
choose wholesome foods that make you feel good before, during and after eating
GO FOR IT! x x
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