The food that you feed your body can help or hinder your body’s ability to heal. Eating large amounts of sugar or carbs can lead to inflammation throughout your body. We talk about how uncontrolled blood sugar can lead to other health issues in this video: Diabetes & Peripheral Neuropathy.
If you’re struggling with a fairly significant health problem like Peripheral Neuropathy (or many others!) you can help your body to heal by following some simple guidelines.
Top 5 Tips:
- Eat whole, unprocessed foods. Unprocessed foods are fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. If you do choose to buy packaged products then choose items with five ingredients or less listed on the package label.
- Choose full-fat milk products from pasture-fed cows, preferably raw and/or fermented, such as raw milk, whole yogurt, kefir, cultured butter, whole raw cheeses and fresh and sour cream. (Imported cheeses that say “milk” or “fresh milk” on the label are raw.) If raw milk is not available to you then make sure you do choose whole milk.
- Make sure you’re getting enough good fat in your diet. For many years it was popular to limit fat intake, but we now know that healthy fats are needed in our bodies. Coconut oil, real butter, and even lard have saturated fats that our body uses to build many things including nerve cells and produce hormones. Use traditional vegetable oils –extra virgin olive oil, expeller-expressed sesame oil, small amounts of expeller-expressed flax oil, and the tropical oils–coconut oil, palm oil and palm kernel oil. Avoid canola oil which is highly processed.
- Use unrefined salt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest and appetite stimulation. Real Salt or Himalayan salt is recommended. Salt should have a color like gray or pink to be considered full of vital minerals.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose, or saccharin. Use natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw, local honey, dark maple syrup, maple sugar, date sugar, dehydrated cane sugar juice (sold as Rapadura) and stevia powder. If you struggle with diabetes then stevia is your go-to sweetener since it won’t raise blood sugar and is all natural.
If your meals are prepared for you then it might be challenging to make dietary changes. However, you’re always in control of what you choose off your plate. A simple swap of two servings of vegetables instead of potatoes or fries will help to decrease your carbohydrate intake. Skip the dessert table. Choose water or whole milk in places of high-sugar juices. There are many excellent choices that you can make every day to help your body heal!