By Dr. Miranda Fellows

Health depends to a great extent on what one eats.  A healthy diet provides necessary energy, strengthens the immune system, thus helping combat the symptoms of anxiety and control the effects of stress.  Ironically those who claim not to have enough time for planning and preparing a healthful, balanced diet, tend to suffer most.  A stressful society tends to be one of fast food, a type of diet that does not meet the basic nutritional requirements and is detrimental to health.  People under stress often seek temporary relief from food.  They tend to eat inappropriate things at inappropriate times; often, chocolate is the first choice.  People often misuse food when they canÕt sleep, believing wrongly that it will help them relax.  It is vital to pay close attention to dietary habits and to understand ones energy and nutritional needs in order to prevent or treat stress and anxiety.  This includes eating regular meals at regular times.  Dietary planning is essential.  Rushing from the house on an empty stomach is a very poor habit.  One should begin the day with a good breakfast that should supply the energy necessary for the dayÕs demands.  Not having breakfast leads to over-eating at midday and evening meals, when the body requires less energy.  Going to bed on a full stomach interferes with a good nights sleep, which is essential for restoring the nervous system.

The mind, the body, the whole person requires a diet that is rich in green and orange vegetables, fruit, whole-grains, nuts, and legumes is undoubtedly the best, not just for restoring health but also for preserving it and preventing disease.

Recommended Foods:

Raw Greens, vegetables, and fruit:  Because of their high content in vitamins that strengthen the immune system.  Their potassium content helps to prevent hypertension, which is frequently associated with stress.

Local provisions:  Breadfruit, Tania, yam, dasheen, green bananas, papaya, pumpkin.  These are slow burning complex carbohydrate that are a goods source of energy and fiber, without causing sharp spikes in blood glucose.  They are Òslow burnersÓ, giving you sustained energy.

Legumes: Consist of beans, chickpeas, lentils, provides high levels of protein, vitamins and fiber.

Whole Grains:  Brown rice, oats, whole wheat, are complex carbohydrates.  They are a slow metabolizing source of energy that, does not produce sharp ups and downs in the blood glucose.  Additionally, they provide significant amounts of B-vitamins which are essential to nervous system function.

Nuts, Seeds and oils:  Almonds, coconuts, cashews, brazil nuts, pine nuts and advacado are particularly noted for their richness in B- Vitamins, zinc, and magnesium.  Which are essential for the maintenance of the bodyÕs cells.

Beverages:  At least 2 liters of water per day, unsweetened natural fruit and vegetable juices, bush teas.

WHAT IS NUTRITIONAL THERAPY?

Nutritional therapy is the application of nutrition and health science to enable individuals to maximize their health potential. Nutritional therapy can help alleviate a wide range of conditions and assist in the recovery from many ill-health situations. Nutritional therapists recognize that each person is an individual who has unique dietary and nutritional requirements.

Nutritional therapists at Carib Wellness will assess your nutritional status and functional capacity. They recognize that each personÕs needs are unique, depending on a number of factors, from inherited strengths and weaknesses to the influence of diet, lifestyle and environment.  We work with clients with chronic health problems and provide advice on disease prevention and control.

At Carib Wellness we will take a comprehensive client history and may use biochemical and other types of clinical assessment to formulate a treatment plan. In addition to dietary and nutritional advice, recommendations may include guidance on natural detoxification, methods to support digestion and absorption, procedures to promote colon health, and also the avoidance of ingestion or inhalation of allergens or toxins.

Taking a whole systems approach, these protocols can impact on hormonal, neurological and immune function.  Many parents now seek the help of nutritional therapists for their children with weight and behavioural problems.

Make an appointment today by calling 469 2147 or 466 WELL (9355) to jump start your nutritional program for optimal well-being.