We all know that we can improve our health by eating a healthier diet. We all know we need to eat better. And I’m sure for the most part we know what ‘eating better’ means. We know that we are what we eat. But yet, very few of us choose to eat a ‘healthy’ diet.
Typically, we only change our diet when faced with serious health challenges – heart disease, cancer, or various degenerative diseases associated with obesity.
Here’s an amazing story about a medical doctor, Dr Terry Wahls, who was diagnosed with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis in 2003. Soon after, she needed a wheelchair to get around and was only able to walk short distances with two canes. After 7 years of the best medical care and the latest drugs her condition progressively worsened to the point she couldn’t sit upright. She had to be reclined in a zero-gravity chair.
Things were looking pretty bleak for Dr Wahls as she witnessed the unrelenting decline in her functional health.
So what did she do? What could she do? Ate like a hunter-gatherer. She did a ton of research and decided to change her diet. Her research showed her the best way forward was to eat like a hunter-gatherer. Here’s what happened:
- Within 4 months she was walking throughout the hospital without a cane.
- After 5 months she got on her bike for the first time in a decade.
- 9 months into her new way of eating, she pedaled 18 miles.
Here’s the fantastic 18 minute talk Dr Wahls did for the cutting-edge and extremely informative TED talks. Inspirational stuff. She also discusses the implications of what eating the SAD diet (Standard American Diet) has done to our health and why we need a healthier diet now.
Here’s an article from the osteopath, Dr Joseph Mercola’s website which covers her story in-depth and offers a lot of excellent advice on improving your health with nutrition. It’s a long article, but well worth the read.
If changing her diet to the supposedly “basic,” or “primitive” diet that the hunter-gatherers eat can do that for a debilitating condition like MS, imagine what could it do for you. Whatever your health challenges, better nutrition is only going to help you.
Even if you’re not suffering from obvious health challenges like multiple sclerosis, eating better will help you feel better, perform better and live better. Ask yourself how important your health is and go for it.
Even little changes in your diet can go a long way.
Remember, if you keep doing the same things, you’ll keep getting the same results.