We believe that nutrition involves more than simply eating a healthy diet. It is about nourishment on every level.
It involves relationships with family, friends, the greater society and the world
Choices about nourishment are very much linked to other human beings and other life forms on this planet, so healthy (and unhealthy) decisions have great impact. The food we eat gives our bodies the "information" and materials they need to function properly. If we don't get the right information, our metabolic processes suffer and our health declines.
If we get too much food, or food that gives our bodies the wrong instructions, we can become overweight, undernourished, and at risk for the development of diseases and conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, and heart disease. In short, what we eat is central to our health.
Consider that in light of Webster's definition of medicine:
“The science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease." Food acts as medicine, to maintain, prevent, and treat disease.” – Carolyn Denton LN”
Doctors Beyond Medicine prescribe meals that are based on Whole Foods, that are Plant Based and which essentially are Vegan / Vegetarian.
Things To Remove From Your Diet - For Better Health
These Are DBM’s The Time-Tested Recommendations For Food Or Drink Choices:
- Natural, unprocessed and organic, chemical/preservative and GMO-free
- No added sugar - except a SMALL amount of honey, maple syrup or molasses. Under certain circumstances, the use alternative sweeteners such stevia or xylitol is acceptable. BUT you must be guided by your DBM Physician / Practitioner in this regard. These are used only under exceptional circumstances.
- Avoid unhealthy artificial sweeteners, such as NutraSweet™ and Splenda™
- Select foods grown in your native environment - locally grown and seasonal
- Unpasteurized Goat/Sheep dairy products(only if recommended by Practitioner) and fermented foods such as fermented pickles and sauerkraut
- Try to eat at least one third of your food raw
- Ensure healthy fats in your diet - Omega-3 fat, with balanced intake of Omega-6 fat (Eliminate typical grocery store polyunsaturated vegetable oils).
- Choose Foods containing High-Energy Electrons
It is of the utmost significance to our health that our diet contains the right fats in correct balance. This is a complicated topic, but to help you understand which fats to eat and why, see: our Daily Nutrition, Eat To Live and Food For Life pages. Browse through the charts alongside - Foods To Remove From Your Diet #1 & 2 then visit our 5-IN-5-OUT Plan page.
Unfortunately, in today’s world, numerous factors have caused a depletion of available nutrients in our food supply. Therefore, unless you have food sources from reliable nutrition-minded food producers, or are responsibly growing your own food or keeping your own hens for eggs, it has become necessary to include some daily supplements to ensure needed nutrients:
HOWEVER, having said that, it is still our practice to limit these supplements to only those that are critically deficient. It is our experience that changing your diet and eating CLEAN based on our practices of a Whole Food Plant Based diet, nutrient deficiencies are readily rectified.
Too often, supplements are not of good quality and it should be understood that supplements are NO substitute for eating nutritious foods and a healthy balanced diet rich in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that make the body functionally strong and able to ward off disease.
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Our World of Food Today
It is a shocking fact that ~90% of the money spent on food in the U.S. is spent on processed foods [Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser, 2002, Penguin Books]- most of us eat and drink only for enjoyment and sustenance, giving little attention to whether we are obtaining needed nutrients in the correct balance to maintain health. Although America is the richest country in the world, it takes the “prize” for having the highest obesity rate (See Hand Outs) (30% of the population). With some effort, however, it is possible to make healthy choices that also fulfil our desire for pleasure when filling our stomachs.
The average American eats almost 1 ton of food per year – according to 2011 USDA data; this includes leftovers (food bought, served but not eaten); and of the 415 pounds of vegetables, a high proportion of these are starchy corn and potatoes.