We are all unique individuals, with different backgrounds, unique genetics (and epigenetics), particular nutrient deficiencies, and accumulated environmental toxins. It is of utmost importance to take into consideration this greater whole—the bigger picture. We can no longer simply look at diet and its impact on health. Many of the earlier studies in nutritional sciences were geared toward the elementary thinking that nutrition was about counting calories, determining optimal ratios of macronutrients like carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, along with ingesting adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals.
While these tasks have their merits, we also need to consider the potential adverse effects of the more than 80,000 chemicals that have been introduced into the natural world by industries. Whole Life Nutrition takes into account everything that is being ingested by an individual— whether it is coming from the food we eat, the air we breathe, or the water we drink. After taking into account the body’s toxicity from industry and nonorganic food, we look at immune function and digestive health—many of the toxins in our environment cause digestive distress.
Intestinal health plays a key role in most modern diseases, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, mental disorders, and autoimmune disorders. When digestion and immune functions are compromised, food sensitivities can manifest. Whole Life Nutrition understands that removing food irritants like gluten, dairy, corn, eggs, and soy provides an opportunity for the intestines to begin the healing process. There isn’t a perfect diet or one perfect approach to healing.
There are just too many variables. You can let an organic, whole foods diet be your starting point and then refine it to meet your needs. Each individual is unique, and some people benefit tremendously from a plant-based diet, while others benefit by using an animal-based diet for healing. This book is meant to guide you in choosing what is right for you in this moment and beyond, and provide you with many delicious, nourishing recipes to assist you on your journey.
We have developed over 300 fabulous-tasting recipes using nutritious whole foods that promote optimal health. All the recipes in this book are gluten-free. Most recipes are free of dairy, soy, and eggs as well; however, there are various options for using these ingredients in some recipes. Many of the recipes in this book are healthier versions of traditional favorites and some may be very new to you. If you feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin, then simply start by making a few of the recipes that look familiar to you. As your cooking repertoire builds, so will your confidence, and soon you will want to try other recipes.