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Published: 22 Apr 2013      

This second article in this series looks at the importance of the food in your diet to your health, happiness, effectiveness and reducing the aging process.

clara_internal.jpgConsider this, your every thought, action and reaction needs a chemical reaction to occur in your cells.  That chemical reaction needs particular nutrients to be present that you get from food, otherwise you will only get less effective reactions. If you do not put the right nutrients in your body you simply cannot ever be as effective as you could be. So the need to take care about the foods and nutrients you put in your body is absolutely vital.

Also, our bodies have great capacity to heal themselves, this is very exciting! All the cells in our body renew over six month periods, some faster, a few slower. So consider how much of your life, your cells may have been renewing in poor nutrition and performing with poor nutrition. As you take daily action to put the right nutrients in your body, you will see changes that will surprise you over weeks, months and years.


The immediate foods to put on the never to be eaten list or as rarely as possible are:

  • Any soda drinks including the ‘diet’ drinks, this is particularly important for women in their 40+ years as these drinks increase the chances of osteoporosis. The sweeteners in the diet or zero-calorie drinks are known to cause cancer and are neurotoxic.
  • Processed foods/fast foods, these are nutrient depleted, generally high glycaemic so will cause sugar cravings, they take huge amounts of energy to digest and so make you sluggish.
  • Wheat is a very common allergen and has a swelling affect on the gut, it is best avoided.
  • Alcohol, has very high sugar content and so is quickly turned to fat, so whilst an occasional glass is fine, regular amounts of alcohol is not good. 

The daily food requirement for your best health is:

  • 1.5 to 2 litres of mineral/filtered water
  • 7 to 9 portions of organic vegetables and fruit (more vegetables than fruit due to the sugar content in fruit and at least 50% of your diet should be raw food and include plenty of green leafy vegetables. 
  • Also ensure that you eat as wide a range of colours in your fruit and vegetables to ensure you get as wide a range of phytonutrients. (This helps you to maintain a slightly alkaline PH in your body, which is essential for your good health.)
  • Eat nuts and seeds as they are rich sources of minerals.
  • Eat only about 80grams of protein per day, oily fish, nuts, pulses, free range organic chicken, free range organic meat. 
  • Take daily quality nutritional supplements. We do need to supplement our diet. It is now almost impossible to get the variety of nutrients we need, even from a good diet, as the soil around the globe is now so depleted of minerals that our food and meat does not provide the nutrients it did even 30 years ago. It is important though to take quality supplements as many, particularly shop bought supplements can be pointless or even harmful . So ensure that you only take quality third party endorsed supplements.

    Check out the ‘Nutrisearch comparative guide to nutritional supplements. 
    To get a very good, personalised, guide take the Free ‘True Health Assessment’ from USANA Health Sciences at  www.drastictofantastic.usana.com.  Get your individual free lifestyle and nutrition reports and guidance about the supplements that will benefit you and the supplements that are a priority for you now. 

Watch out for the next article in this series on taking charge of your habits of thinking.

Clara Gibson

Women’s life health and wellbeing coach at www.drastictofantastic.com

women’s health, hormones and habits of thinking.

M.Sc, ACC ICF, Master Pract NLP, RGN, RHV.