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Challenge: Eating at Least One Non-Processed Meal Per Day

[29 Oct 2010 | No Comments | 56 views | Author: Robin Baradarian, MD, FACG]
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Challenge: Eating At Least One Non Processed Meal Per DayOver-the-counter culture has transformed many of us into habitually self-medicated fighters of sickness. When we have a stomach ache we down some Pepto-Bismol.

When we have heartburn we pop some anti-acids, or more drastically some proton pump inhibitors. When we are constipated far too many of us run to the laxative aisle than find the source of the problem.

This is the root of the problem: treatment as a substitution for prevention. A healthy diet will almost always correct the very problems that we lean on over-the-counter drugs for.

Diets heavy in processed food, even ones we may see as healthy, like sliced deli turkey, can create a buildup in the lower intestinal tract and colon. This in NO way means “stop eating turkey!”, because that’s not the message here, but the evaluation of diet habits is crucial.

Realizing that mid work week you might be consuming nothing by sandwiches, quick, pre-packaged meals, or ordering out, getting pizza, etc. all builds up. Being devoid of natural items can take an uncomfortable toll on the body.

Constipation, bloating, diarrhea, hemorrhoids – these are all things that develop from, at its source, a less than natural diet.

Fresh fruits and vegetables provide the body with vitamins that help us, sure, but fiber as well. Consider fiber as your gastrointestinal manager, making sure the system is running at peak condition and with minimal discomfort. Natural fiber allows the body to absorb fiber along with the food carrying it, allowing for a faster, more even digestion process. Eating fresh and generally unprocessed foods that are chock full of fiber works far better than devouring a cheesesteak and then popping a fiber pill. And this brings us back to where we began – don’t just cover the problem with medication!

Multi-vitamins are a great way of consistently ingesting a good regimen of vitamins, but taking a multivitamin and then drinking a 6 pack of beer and eating some quesadillas is a counter-intuitive practice. For all the medication and “remedies” we use an equally detrimental result can be drawn from smoking, drinking, and eating empty calories on a regular basis.

For some, making a 180 in your diet can be tough. Don’t get me wrong, cheeseburgers and pizza are delicious, but possessing the necessary discipline to consume at least one meal comprised of natural, unprocessed ingredients per day: eggs, vegetables, fruit, meat cooked fresh, fresh fish, whole grains, and lots of water.

It may seem too simple, but by slowly scaling back your intake of takeout items heavy in fats, oils, and preservatives you will find your stomach feeling calmer and less bloated, your bowel movements becoming more comfortable and regular, and your heartburn to arise only when trigger foods come into play, and not because of acidic buildup due to diet.  You don’t want such sever diseases as Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, GERD, Gastritis, and Peptic Ulcers arising just because your diet could have been better. They are preventable, and it starts with you.

So try it out. Try eating at least one completely non-processed meal per day – with the goal of increasing that number – and see if you feel better, lighter, and more energetic than you have ever felt keeping your sluggishness at bay with pills and liquid medications. If you really feel like your discomfort won’t dissipate then make an appointment with a gastroenterologist. Be in good health.

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