Diet > Counting on one hand...

On my way out from J's work, a woman getting into her car made a comment to me about Logain (my dog, who was beside me). We got to talking, and I asked her if she had any pets. "No, not now. I wish! A few years ago, my body suddenly began rejecting nearly everything I ate or used on my skin or hair. I had allergic reactions to nearly everything. My medical records are about this thick, " she added, holding up an inch with her fingers.

I am not trained in holistic nutrition or medicine, but I know some from my own personal (and ever-onward journey) through and toward a holistic lifestyle.

I made a few suggestions: that she first buy a bottle of Dr. Bragg's Organic, Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar and start from there. Not only is it an incredible cleanser and shiner for hair, it is a miraculous skin toner and also an after-gym/work tonic that works wonders. It can be used to properly clean glass and counters, showers and fixtures... ACV is a miracle liquid that should be more commonplace in all our lives.

And after saying this, I wonder why it isn't already more popular in our lives. I know that as consumers in a mass-marketed society, we are constantly being tricked and pushed around by the corporate bullies who peddle all their toxic sludge to us in the form of prettily labelled bottles and boxes. Why did this woman's body suddenly and violently reject all of the foods and products she had been applying to it all her life? Because, in my mind, her body had finally reached its breaking point of chemical saturation. We are not meant to hold these chemicals in our very muscle tissue, these chemicals that are being fed, rubbed and breathed into us. More and more, sensitive people, just like the frogs in poisoned ponds who show the first signs of pollution, are turning up with these inexplicable allergies. More and more cancer plagues our populations. More and more nutritionally-deficient obese people. And all the while, the majority of us remain oblivious. There is a definite reason for that.

I could go down this route for hours - but here is not the time and place for that discussion! What I mean to say, is after speaking with this woman about her allergies and giving her my suggestions, I realize how very true the "five finger rule" is. This woman was sweet and eager to learn, yet she knew very little about ways to pursue health and wellness. For example, her doctors had recommended one of those generic, sugary protein bars to her as a prescription for her daily sugar-dip spells. I looked at the ingredients on the back of the bar. "Soy protein isolate," "Soy lecithin," "malitol syrup," "high fructose corn syrup," "whey protein isolate," among at least 30 other obscure ingredients that definitely didn't fall from some tree with a name like that.

All of these ingredients are inflammatory, unnatural, mostly chemically-derived, and to varying degrees, toxic. Soy in its raw form is actually a toxic plant. The 'proteins' that protein milks, powders and bars contain are usually derived from ground up, raw GMO soy or ultra-pasteurized dairy. This is absolutely toxic to your body. Not enough to immediately impact it...but over time, this accumulates into a strong and unhealthy affect on your body.

What is the point of all these toxic ingredients being incorporated in our food? Perhaps that is also a conversation for another time. But I realized then that where I stood on my path to wellness was not where this woman stood - she was still awakening, and did not yet realize that the majority of marketed foods and products all contain a varying degree of falsehood and toxicity. I had to think of a way to help her learn how to distinguish.

"If there are more ingredients than you can count on one hand, don't eat it or use it." Sure, there are definite excusals from that rule. Dr. Bragg's Castile Oil Soap, for one. Still, if you read the back of a Key Lime Pie Larabar, which is a non-GMO food bar, it has five ingredients: dates, almonds, walnuts, key lime juice, coconut oil. I can pronounce all of those words, I know what they look like, I have a basic understanding of each of their nutritional values...now, that's at least a good, big step towards being responsible to your self. Try looking at the back of a conventional house-cleaning agent, like Windex. Now look at an Apple Cider Vinegar bottle. See the difference? 1 known ingredient versus 100 unknown.

If you want to look further into the truth behind mainstream consumerism and our health, it is a readily available and valuable information to find. All I write this for today is to express my concern that we as a people are seriously hobbled by our trust in society and even government (who subsidizes and deals greatly with these big corporate peddlers), especially when it comes to consumerism. It is up to each of us to be responsible for ourselves and not buy every lie that comes our way. Most of the crap we buy in supermarkets - be it Downy laundry soap or mass-produced, antibiotic-pumped animal products - is bad for us. It is pumped full of chemicals and cheap-fillers in order to make someone else more money than if it had been made with 'quality over quantity' in mind. Don't buy it! Be responsible! Learn how to go back to the truer things we all once so commonly knew - even something as simple as how to make a gentle household cleaner with Apple Cider Vinegar and lemons.

There is always more to learn, but the basics are simple and life-changing/saving. Truly, I am passionate about all of us living in a more holistic, rewarding place of self health and responsibility to our environment. And that's all I got for now!

October 10, 2014 | Registered CommenterGrace

Great tip Grace - if there are more ingredients than you can count on one hand, it doesnt belong in your mouth. I believe diet is a personal thing but this rule sounds simple and smart for everyone

October 12, 2014 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT

I'm really glad I clicked on this link. I'm pretty conscious about making healthy diet choices, but the COUNTING ON ONE HAND RULE is an excellent guideline. I feel like this advice will help me and my family and allow me to continue to spread better awareness to others.

April 3, 2017 | Registered CommenterDani

I love Grace's tips on nutrition and if they resonate for you - that is, if they feel like FUN - try them! But many times we have too many rules about eating and diet and it just takes the joy out of it. Food is the same as anything else: vibrational. Get happy first, then eat. That way all the ingredients you put in turn to the same vibrant energy you brought to the the meal

April 3, 2017 | Registered CommenterRhonda Uretzky, E-RYT