Food for Fuel – The healing power of food
Monday, May 1, 2017
Too many of us walk around feeling out of balance and don’t know it. Sometimes all it takes is a brief reset to experience how good you can truly feel when you eat clean food. Often this reset will be the catalyst towards gradual, lifelong changes in your eating and will positively affect your health.
After years of working with patients, I developed a program, Food for Fuel℠, designed to help my patients and clients discover how good they can feel with clean eating. This program combines the principles of a whole foods based diet with the benefits of Mediterranean, paleo and anti-inflammatory diet principles. It stresses meals that are plant based and clean, meaning free of some of the foods that commonly cause food allergies or sensitivities like gluten, dairy or soy. It also allows participants to test themselves to see if they have food allergies or sensitivities.
Here is how it works:
For the first two weeks you eat foods from the plentiful “Foods to Eat” list.
Your body needs 14 days of not eating “clean” foods to experience how good you can feel and to reset your body to a place where you can test how your body responds to certain foods.
After 14 days you can choose to enter the “re-introduction” phase. This is when the slow re-introduction of food groups will help you identify any foods that cause trouble with your body, like dairy or gluten. Many people in the program opt to remain only on the “Foods to Eat” list for longer than two weeks after they start to experience how good they feel on the program. In reality, if you eat from the “Foods to Eat” list all of the time, you will be fully fueled!
Our goal at the end of the month long Food for Fuel program is that you will feel fabulous AND find out which foods are problematic for you.
The meal plan is simple. Every meal includes vegetables and a mixture of healthy carbs, proteins and a healthy fat. You are encouraged to have healthy snacks when you are hungry. You don’t have to count calorie, points, or restrict food. You learn how to sense when your body is truly hungry versus when you are eating out of stress, other emotions or simple habit.
Ultimately, you’ll learn to nourish your body and have the energy to live a balanced, joyful life.
Food for Fuel is a course designed to help you develop a healthier relationship with food. To find out the details, register for the next course or sign up to be on our email list.
Dr. Lynn K. Wagner is a physician with Integrative Lifestyle Medicine BayCare Clinic – she is guided by a philosophy designed to treat the patient as a whole, not just an illness or disease. She also has designed a four-week course called Food for Fuel℠ that aims at repairing your relationship with food and understanding the healing power of what we eat.