“Let food be thy medicine.”
Hippocrates really knew his stuff! This simple recommendation absolutely stands the test of time, and remains a fundamental belief among nutrition professionals everywhere. The pathway to health hasn't changed much over the centuries.
The recipe for illness, however, has changed drastically since Hippocrates was treating patients.
Here’s the gamble we face today: on one side of the coin we have a sedentary, polluted, and stressful standard American lifestyle. On the other side, we have a white and beige, processed, and high-glycemic standard American diet. No matter how you flip it, everybody loses.
How can we combat this health crisis, and use food as medicine for a new age of illness?
Today, we are talking about the two fundamental elements that optimize daily nutrition for the specific health issues we see most often. To help you apply these in your practice, we have incorporated these principles into our done-for-you Low Carb Paleo Diet, available exclusively to That Clean Life for Business members.
1. Balance Blood Sugar Levels
Rates of type 2 diabetes have skyrocketed over the last half-century, we are now seeing this disease even in children. Insulin resistance (the precursor to type 2 diabetes) affects even more people, and many do not realize they have this issue until it is far too late.
Metabolic syndrome, obesity, mental illness, poor digestion, and energy levels are all affected by blood sugar control, so balancing blood sugar is the base level of almost any nutrition program.
One of the best ways to improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity is to reduce carbohydrate intake. A low carb diet would be one that contains less than 100 grams of total carbohydrate per day. Our Low Carb Paleo Diet keeps total carbs in this range, with net carbs around 60 grams.
Some clients might require a very low carb Ketogenic Diet (under 50g total carbs) but this may not be appropriate for everyone. Using a paleo diet blueprint and reducing grain consumption in favour of non-starchy veggies will naturally lower total carbohydrate intake and improve nutrient density as well.
Carbohydrate intake should be matched with activity levels, so athletes will need more, while sedentary individuals will need much less. That Clean Life for Business makes it incredibly easy to customize recipes and meal plans based on client needs.
2. Lower Total Inflammation
Chronic inflammation is associated with higher rates of chronic illness as well as any condition ending with ‘-itis’ (colitis, sinusitis, dermatitis). C-reactive protein (CRP) is a key biomarker of inflammation to check for. If levels are high, a paleo diet should be considered.
One of the best ways to combat inflammation is to reduce grains, dairy and legumes in the diet, and replace them with nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory fruits and vegetables like berries, greens, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, radishes, and other colourful plant foods. For this reason, adopting a paleo diet can reduce inflammation simply because it excludes many of the most common pro-inflammatory foods.
Good quality fats are also associated with less inflammation, particularly omega-3 fats like those found in omega-3 enriched eggs and fatty fish like salmon, and monounsaturated fats like those found in olive oil and avocados. We have included plenty of healthy fat in our simple and delicious Low Carb Paleo Diet.
Managing stress is also key to lowering inflammation. Meditation and yoga have both been shown to reduce inflammatory markers when incorporated regularly. In addition to a food-based approach, suggest to your client that they make some lifestyle shifts to lower their inflammation levels.
Use That Clean Life’s Low Carb Paleo Diet to Support Clients
This done-for-you meal plan can be used as-is, or customized to your client’s specific needs or food sensitivities.
Here’s what the plan includes:
- 7-days of fun and simple meals
- An itemized grocery list to save time and money
- A step-by-step prep guide to keep clients on-track
- Simple snacks if they get hungry between meals
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