Constipated? Feeling bloated, excess gas, diarrhea, or stomach pain after a meal? You can do something about it. Health begins and ends in the gut. You can lose weight and gain health by first thinking about what you eat and why. It begins in the mind. If your digestion is healthy, you are healthy. You are the only one who can measure your digestion.

By reading the articles on HealthViaFood that summarize books by independent doctors, you can do it yourself (DIY).

Why in cases of chronic illness is a change in eating habits the last resort – and not the first resort?

There are thousands of books, courses, and websites about health, nutrition, healthy food, weight management, and living longer. Many are excellent. What is the difference with HealthViaFood?

The ideas presented here make it possible to lose weight and to:

  • personalize your nutrition,
  • forget about calories, and
  • improve your digestion without supplements.

Personalizing nutrition

According to an ancient Roman philosopher, Lucretius, “one man’s food can be another man’s poison.” We are all human beings, but we are each individuals with a unique identity and metabolism. What is healthy for you may not be healthy for me and vice versa.

Myself, I am a happy, healthy carnivore who probably eats more vegetables than most vegetarians.

On the other hand, vegan eating habits can be healthy, or even therapeutic for some people, but veganism is not healthy for everybody all the time. If you attend enough vegan society meetings, you can find some gaunt, scrawny, almost emaciated vegans who are not the picture of health. Of course, some people become vegans for other reasons than their health. I was a vegan for six months, but I was not willing to die for the cause.

Regarding health via food, HealthViaFood is vegan-agnostic. The key concept is biochemical individuality. By the way, eating mostly plants (“plant-based”) does not exclude the healthy consumption of eggs, fish, or meat at the same meal as the plants. 

Do you know your innate prevailing body shape – rounded and big-boned (endomorph), rectangular (mesomorph), or thin (ectomorph)? Different innate shapes make the so-called “body mass index” irrelevant to the questions, “what is a healthy weight for me?” and “how do I reach it?”. Do you know your ABO blood type? Personalizing nutrition begins with knowing yourself and listening to your body.

Forgetting about calories

woman with weight loss and baggy pantsThe ideas described in go beyond cutting junk food and eating more vegetables. Some ideas are old, but are still provocative and are not accepted by the health authorities. These ideas confront the model that defines health as the absence of disease and that sees germs or genes as the only causes of disease. 

Forget about caloriesEat as much as you want. Try an idea for a week or two, and then see how you feel. How is your digestion before and after you make the change? 

Improving digestion

A frequently asked question is – what do I eat (or not eat) to maintain my health myself? There is much confusing and contradictory information about nutrition and healthy eating. Many academic studies about nutrition contradict each other. Why? There is simply no one set of eating habits that is healthy for everybody. This simple fact is often overlooked in the stale advice of the “experts” to “eat a balanced diet”. 

To gain health and lose weight, your first goal could be to improve your digestion. Your digestive system is a ten-meter tube. You have some control over your digestion, if you choose to use it. If your digestion is healthy over time, you are healthy. Good health begins and ends in the gut – with healthy digestion.

Ideas you can use

HealthViaFood is named after the book “Health via Food“, by Dr. William Howard Hay, MD, published in 1929, and available online for free. Like many doctors, Dr. Hay was so dedicated to his patients that he thought only about his work. Like some people today, he was also overweight and in bad health. He treated and healed himself by changing his eating habits. His weight loss was a natural side effect of his healthy eating habits. Dr. Hay’s ideas were later independently confirmed by Dr. Herbert Shelton, MD, in his book “Food Combining“, published in 1952.

Briefly, the main ideas of HealthViaFood are food combining, the acid-alkaline balance, blood type eating, detox, eliminations, and chrono-nutrition. Do not believe me. Do your own research. You can find these ideas in books by medical doctors, who are cited in the articles. The research for these articles is open source. The articles that summarize these ideas include references to the original sources.  These ideas make it practical for you to lose weight effortlessly and to reach a healthy weight, with only one condition – a change in eating habits (and a true desire to be healthy). 

Your health or your habits?

Skeptical? So am I. What matters more to you – your health or your eating habits? Results are possible in one to four weeks, depending on only one condition, a change in eating habits (and a true desire to be healthy). Health is a choice that begins in the mind – without shame, guilt nor moral judgment. It can be difficult, but substitutes are possible. The sweetest pleasure of all is good health, not the taste of sugar. 

Nota bene. Some people choose what to eat and what not to eat for philosophical, spiritual, or religious reasons, not for health reasons. This site does not serve these people. This site is oriented towards health, science, and the individual. Nothing in this site is intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, or cure any disease. If you have a medical condition, see a doctor.