Searching for the right food



Its sunny and mild today and the apple and plum blossom, lured into the hope of Spring, are getting all ready to burst forth and shown their dainty skirts.  Will they get an icy blast? Or grow happily through the months until they can develop into a magnificent harvest?  Nature is so astonishing, producing our crops year after year, natural, healthy food.


Food is a major topic of news noise at the moment.. so many people telling us what we should eat, what is bad and good for us, while every year, here in the West, we grow ever fatter and unhealthier.


Diet, for any homeopath, is where healing begins. Our founder, Samuel Hahnemann, said we should never give remedies until the diet has been given proper attention, so even 200 years ago, when food was organic and not full of chemicals, it presented problems in peoples’ health: allergies and sensitivities are not new, and our textbooks have copious notes on individual sensitivities, and the sometimes disproportionate effects that wrong diet has on how we function.  Forty-plus years of practice have demonstrated to me very clearly that we are all metabolically different, and there really is no one-diet-fits-all.  I thought I note down some of what I have learned over the decades: FIRST of which is simply how very much improvement in health can be achieved simply by adding the right foods for an individual and cutting out the wrong ones.  I have seen IBS and diverticulosis almost disappear with some basic changes; constant fatigue changed into vibrant energy; headaches, joint pains, uneasy gut – so much is dramatically altered by eating what suits you!   And, funnily enough, most of the official information is simply upside down.


Here are some rules of thumb for seekina diet that makes you healthy, fit, a reasonable weight and full of energy:

  • If your grandparents ate it, it’s probably good for you
  • If it is fresh there’s life in it: preserved foods (including all grains and beans) are survival foods for when there is nothing better
  • If you have a natural STOP button, then your ancestors used it and your body can deal with it. You can’t eat too much salt, fat, meat, vegetables because your body males you stop when you’ve had enough. There’s no such mechanism for starches-with-fats, or sugars, therefore we are not acclimatised to eating them
  • If you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably a chemical and NOT FOOD. We really aren’t designed to eat synthetic chemicals.
  • Best food is grown yards or walking distance from where you live. Its value reduces with mileage because it should have been grown in the same climate with the same microbes, soil and sunlight. This is macrobiotics, and how all wild animals live, eating what surrounds you.

After that, it comes down to individual susceptibility. Personally I recommend buying food that has little or no wrapping, that you can see growing (or grazing), and from people I have met, and that was alive hours or days ago.  WHY would you want to eat anything that doesn’t match these criteria?


If you would like some support to explore changing your diet, it’s one of the things I do, and it almost invariably changes your health for the better. Come and talk to me. No gimmicks. No expensive additives (but occasionally some temporary supplements). Reward: more knowledge and control over your own health, or that of your children. It’s a rewarding search, and the results can be remarkable.