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I am a certified nutrition counselor. The training I went through did not follow any special diets or orientation but was according to the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations. I don’t recommend following these blindly, but I do feel that what I learnt during this education gave me a great foundation to stand on so that I now can combine the NNR, other literature, own experiences and new research in order to create individualized plans. It is of great importance that we look to the whole: diet, exercise, work, lifestyle, health condition, psychical and physical, illnesses etc. By looking at all these aspects we find out what is right for you.
The advice I give are often a combination of what I have with me from my training, tested alternative medicine, ancient eastern medical transitions and contemporary scientific research. Research that showcasing the power we have over our health the the choices we make about what and when we eat.
Me, personally feel at my best when I eat according to what they call 16:8. If I end up in a period where I eat bad, irregular, lots of sugar, low energy foods then my blood sugar gets unbalanced right away. And it shows in all areas of my body as well as in my mind that easily goes into negative thought patterns and feelings. The human body fights to keep the blood sugar levels balanced and when they spike, due to for example an over intake of sugar, the body then fights to get the levels reduced. Something that often leads to the levels becoming too low, something that can be experienced as a minor depression.
Today I know what my body feels good of, but just like everyone else I’m not always motivated and life has a tendency of “getting in the way” at times. For me, I’m trying to keep it at a 80/20 level – then it’s not unachievable and some of the bad habits can stick around. 😉
Here in the west we like to separate our body from our emotions, experiences and life situations whilst in eastern medicine you look at a humans as a whole, including living in harmony with yourself and nature. In western medicine a group of people with similar symptoms are often diagnosed with the same disease and therefore get the same treatment plan. Whilst in for example a traditional Ayurveda doctor would, in the same group, look for differences in personality, lifestyle and thereby change the diagnosis and/or the treatment plan.
I have faith in and respect for our western way of looking an health care, but I do feel that we have much to learn from the ancient healers, not only in the east but from indigenous people all over the world. Knowledgeable in natures pharamcy and with traditions going thusands of years back they are the foundation of today’s medicine. In the west, if you ask me, we might have gone a little to far a little to fast and left important knowledge behind us. The side effects of our modern medicine, our society’s less and less nutritious food, bad air and high stress create imbalances and many now become sick from what from the beginning was there to help. Vi need to look a lot more to preventing illness than treating symptoms of it.
To me it’s all connected the physical, psychic, emotional, spiritual and sexual. All in linked together,