Every meal is either health-promoting or disease-promoting, which means you have 3-5 opportunities per day to support vibrant health & cellular function! It’s that simple.
Food is Information, Not Just Calories . . .
Our food choices act as cellular signals - either optimizing our health and cellular function with the necessary building blocks or promoting (dis)ease and dysfunction with nutrient deficiencies and toxins. Our genes respond to our daily inputs of nutrition, lifestyle, and environmental exposures by switching on and off, setting off cascades of cellular events, and remodeling our health in real time.
The reality is most of the food we see today on the shelves of grocery stores, convenience stores, and even on restaurant menus not only does not support health, but does a superb job of preventing it. Thankfully, our body’s innate healing response is always waiting for us to provide the building blocks it needs.
A Word About Our Food Culture
It's no secret our food culture in America is largely fueled by toxic commercial farming practices and well-funded corporate food scientists that have perfected the art of low-quality, profitable, and shelf-stable franken- foods. Generations alive today have experienced the addictive magic ratio of sugar, salt, fat, and crunch to light up the reward centers in our brains, while sustaining the lowest threshold of human health.
We may be surviving our food culture, but very few of us are thriving in it.
If this wasn’t concerning enough, non-stop advertising of these same foods, combined with the higher cost of high-quality ingredients, “food deserts” in many areas of the country, the seduction of convenience, emotionally manipulative marketing campaigns, and food labels with health claims like “all natural”, “whole grain”, and “no added sugar” have all contributed to a dangerous food landscape.
With the arrival of the golden age of technology, we are also now all racing through life, over-scheduled, over-informed, and overwhelmed. Preparing healthful meals & mindful eating often takes a back seat to the rest of our to-do lists and addictions. This is a perfect storm for an (un)well culture.
Even the most well-meaning, well-informed consumer has to develop an iron-will to choose health & wellbeing over culture & convenience day after day.
3 (re)Wilding Agreements
Let’s agree to give ourselves some GRACE when trying to adopt a more nutritious and healthful eating pattern. A simple trip to the grocery store tests our discipline and emotional endurance to not walk out with fists full of inflammatory foods in pretty packages, if we even make it there at all in favor of take-out or drive-throughs.
Let’s also agree to intentionally make some SPACE in our days and in our minds for (re)building our relationship with real.whole.foods, mindful & intuitive eating, family mealtime, and most importantly, our own mind.body health!
Let’s rally community support around (re)establishing a new cultural norm to change our food culture & health long term. This journey will be so much easier with a tribe of like-minded people inspiring and supporting each other along the way.
3 Elements of Healthful Food
Macronutrients: protein, carbs(+fiber), fat
Micronutrients: vitamins and minerals
Phytonutrients: a special class of health-promoting compounds derived only from plants
Eating for Mind.Body Health
RULE #1: Harness the wisdom of nature. While there is no one right diet for everyone, a whole food, plant- based, nutrient-dense, and phytonutrient-rich eating pattern is indisputably the most health-promoting foundation to start from. Inside this foundation, you can choose to be vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, paleo, etc. based on your unique preferences and physiology.
RULE #2: EAT EVERY COLOR OF THE RAINBOW EVERY DAY. The bulk of our diet should consist of colorful fruits and vegetables, especially green leafy ones, whole grains, nuts and seeds, fresh herbs and spices, and high-quality fats. Add legumes, pasture raised organic meats & eggs, wild fish, non-GMO soy, and organic fermented dairy as preferences dictate.
RULE #3: It's just as important to focus on what you DO EAT as what you DON’T. Eliminating sugar, pesticide-sprayed produce, or artificial ingredients is a great start, but choosing foods specifically for their nutrient-density is the most efficient way to support cellular health and build a healthful eating pattern (e.g., dark leafy greens vs. iceberg lettuce, fresh berries vs. bananas, sweet potatoes vs. gluten- free muffins).
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I look forward to walking with you awhile on your healing journey.
We'll stop and smell the wildflowers. Smile a lot. And wander down the road less-traveled.
See you in the wild,
Angela Juhl, MS, CHWC, CYT
Master of Science in Human Nutrition & Functional Medicine
Wellcoaches™ Certified Health and Wellness Coach
Wild Woman Project Circle Leader
Certified Yoga Teacher
Wild at Heart was founded on the mission: to take a stand against unsustainable cultural norms by empowering others to (re)align their lifestyles & mindset with nature for healing an array of mind.body.heart & soul (im)balances and (re)kindling a soulful relationship to the natural world...for themselves, their loved ones, our communities, and our beautiful planet.