Constipated? Feeling bloated, excess gas, diarrhea, or stomach pain after a meal? If you can find out the cause, you can do something about it – to gain health, to feel better, and to lose weight. Health begins and ends in the gut. Only you can measure your digestion. If your digestion is healthy, you are healthy. I can guarantee it, conditionally. The goal is to make your belly happy.
Why in case of chronic illness is a change in eating habits the last resort – and you not the first resort?
HealthViaFood summarizes books and ideas by independent doctors and others. You can do it yourself (DIY) for free – putting into practice these time-tested ideas, including meal plans, recipes, and shopping lists.
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 difference is that the ideas presented here make it possible to :
- personalize your nutrition,
- forget about calories, and
- improve your digestion without supplements.
Personalizing your nutrition
According to an ancient Roman philosopher, Lucretius, “one man’s food can be another man’s poison.” We are all human, 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. The body is a garden, but my body is not your garden.
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 in the same meal as the plants.
Do you know your innate prevailing body shape – beefy and big-boned (endomorph), muscular (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
HealthViaFood goes beyond cutting junk food and eating more vegetables. Some ideas are old, but they are still useful, even if provocative. 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 calories. Eat 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?
A frequently asked question is – “what do I eat (or not eat) to maintain my health myself?“ I am a health coach, not a doctor. 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 people today, Dr. Hay was overweight and in bad health. He healed himself by changing his eating habits. In his book, he describes prompting many people to heal themselves of chronic health problems – simply by changing their 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, replacing, and chrononutrition. You do not need to believe me. You can do your own research, using references at the of the articles or other sources. Research for the articles is open source.
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 a long life in good health, not the taste of sugar.
Nota bene. Some people choose what to eat and what not to eat for philosophical or spiritual 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.