“Throughout your life the most profound influences on your health, vitality and function are not the doctors you have visited or the drugs, surgery or other therapies you have undertaken. The most profound influences are the cumulative effects of the decisions you make about your diet and lifestyle on the expression of your genes.”
Sara H. Benum
There’s a very good reason why we ask all our new clients to complete a food diary prior to running an initial consultation.
It’s because the food you eat is, in most cases, the number one environmental factor that contributes to health (or symptoms and disease).
The food and drink you put in your mouth have an enormous influence on your body. When you get your food intake right, you’ll promote wellness. If you get it wrong, however, you’ll more than likely create illness.
I find it truly incredulous that the western education and medical systems don’t teach sound principles of nutrition! Having spoken with many doctors, I can safely say that unless they take specific training, medical doctors receive only around 4-5 hours of nutrition education in their entire medical degree.
Yet in my decade and a half working in the health and fitness industry, I’ve seen greater health improvements from nutrition coaching and teaching clients’ how to adopt health eating habits than I have with any other technique or strategy.
That’s not to say that food is everything, because in some cases our clients implement excellent dietary changes and still don’t feel well. It’s in these situations that the Hompes Method Testing Toolkit comes into its own.
Generic Bad Foods
In The Hompes Method book and Hompes Method Basics online wellness programme, I teach you all about the common bad foods that tend to cause so many problems in society.
These foods are consumed in enormous quantities and are mass-produced promoted by huge companies that don’t care about your health.
They’re typically not going to be a healthy choice for anyone and most people would certainly do well to minimize or avoid them. They include the foods or items below. Click on the individual links for a little more detail on why we consider them to be bad foods:
- Gluten-containing foods
- Processed grain products
- Soy-based foods
- Poor quality dairy products (milk, cheese, etc.)
- Vegetable oils
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Green Vegetables
There’s a detailed individual lesson on each of these foods, complete with an Action Guide to help you minimize them in the Hompes Method Basics online programme.
Some people avoid these foods, eat much healthier alternatives, yet still don’t feel better. Perhaps that’s you?
I know I’ve worked with many clients who were eating a great-looking diet but still felt tired, weak, moody and had difficulty with their sex drive, skin and sleep.
There can be several reasons for this.
Once generically “bad” food has been removed, there’s another step that can be hugely beneficial.
I’ve been helping people with nutrition for more than a decade now and have learned on inescapable truth: our nutrition requirements are unique.
A specific food item that’s really beneficial (or a good food) for one person may not be such a good food for another and may even be a bad food for a third person.
This isn’t just based on experience. In the 1950’s, Roger J. Williams who discovered vitamin B5 wrote a book called Biochemical Individuality.
Williams showed in his research that we all need different levels of nutrients for optimal function and as well as genetics, things like stress levels and toxic burden can alter our nutrient requirements.
This why in all our Hompes Method programmes we take care to help you optimize your unique, individual nutritional requirements.
There really is a lot of truth in the old saying “one man’s food is another’s poison”.
Specific Food Sensitivities
Food sensitivities include allergies and intolerances, which are not the same. I’m sure you’ve heard stories in which people have had severe reactions to foods such as peanuts, strawberries or seafood?
These are extreme cases where the cause is easy to pinpoint. But many people – if not everyone has some kind of food sensitivity.
Here, a seemingly innocuous food might be a great choice for 9 out of 10 people but person number 10 feels truly awful when she eats it.
I’ve worked with people whose symptoms were being caused by bananas, beef, eggs, broccoli and leafy greens, all of which are healthy choices for most people when cooked and eaten correctly.
Fortunately, we have the ability to run tests to check for specific food reactions when generic dietary changes don’t bring the results our clients are looking for.
Hidden Bad Stuff
If the removal of bad food and the introduction of lots of good food doesn’t help, it’s generally because a whole bunch of imbalances have already developed in your body that need addressing with more than just food and diet changes.
Bugs such as bacteria, parasites and fungi can infest or overgrow in your digestive system, sinuses, urinary tract and other areas leading to symptoms. A comprehensive digestive function test can quickly detect these bad bugs, enabling you to take steps to remove them.
Bad toxins can accumulate in your body and may need to be removed before you feel better. Toxins get into your body via:
- Your gut (food, water, bacteria, parasites, etc.)
- Your skin (from the personal care and cosmetics you use)
- The air you breathe (indoor air pollution is especially nasty)
Mercury is a well-known toxin and is discussed in detail in the “bad toxins” section of this website. Someone who is mercury-toxic may not experience many symptom improvements through altering diet and lifestyle alone.
Lack of Good Bugs
In some instances, a lack of good bugs in your digestive system can cause symptoms and these symptoms won’t necessarily improve through food changes alone.
The good bugs are really important not only for digestive function, but also for optimal immune, neurological and energy function. They also help you to digest food and detoxify your body.
A comprehensive digestive health test can provide great information to help determine your good bug levels, as well as finding the bad bugs.
Lack of Good Nutrients
Nutrient deficiency won’t necessarily be corrected just because you change your diet. If deep nutrient deficiencies have developed over time through poor diet, damaged digestive function and stress, it may be necessary to use the Hompes Method Testing Toolkit to identify hidden nutrient deficiencies.
Hormone imbalances, blood sugar hormones, thyroid, adrenal and reproductive hormones can block nutritional changes from working. Hormones are powerful chemicals that control body functions.
Again, as with nutrient deficiencies, hormone imbalances can develop over time and may need some additional work over and above removal of bad foods. The Testing Toolkit has the ability to help us uncover these imbalances, which greatly assists in accelerating your rejuvenation!
Please click here if you’d like to have your food diary analysed by a Hompes Method practitioner.
We’ll assess your health history, symptoms and food intake to enable us to create that helps you overcome your symptoms and rejuvenate your vitality in the shortest time possible.