It's hard to believe that it has been 8 months since the COVID-19 pandemic appeared in China. We continue to live under its cloud as talk of treatments, vaccines, openings and closings, surges and plateaus flood the airways. One thing has become clear: people with certain conditions are more likely to have serious illness if they catch SARS-CoV-2. Obesity, diabetes and hypertension are at the top of that list. The good news is that there are things you can do to change those odds in your favor. The choices that you make every day-what you eat, how you move, what you focus your thoughts on- affect your health and move you either closer or farther from optimal well-being and disease risk.
Why not use this time at home to hit your body's reset button with a 21 day elimination diet? This is the time- without the social engagements, work lunches or office snacks- to give yourself this gift of self care. An elimination diet focuses on healthy, clean and fresh foods and gives you a break from the foods that may be causing inflammation.
These are some of the benefits many people experience from an elimination diet:
Decreased inflammation in your body (Inflammation is the common denominator in diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, etc.)
Weight loss and lower blood sugar
Increased energy and mental focus
Identification of any food sensitivities you may have
Improved digestion and gut microbiome
Interested? At Functional First we can provide you with the guidance, resources and support to successfully implement and adapt an elimination diet to your particular needs. If you want to test the waters on your own, you may want to take a look at the popular Whole 30 diet.
The point is, if not now then when? This is the time to take stock and take action. Do it for yourself and for your family. You can improve your odds and you can increase your resilience in these uncertain times.
As always, please reach out if you have questions. I am available for consultations by phone or video conference if you want to discuss a personalized strategy to optimize health. If you are looking for guidance and support, I am here to help.