Nutrition & Chronic Disease – Connecting the Dots

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In today’s video blog, I get passionate about our food supply and how it absolutely has affected our health.    I gave several action steps at the end of the video.

One was to visit the recipe section of my website but I forgot to mention to specifically look for Tracy’s Medicinal Smoothie which is my personal strategy to get a head start on eating the rainbow of colors even in my breakfast.    Eating your colors is at ALL meals, not just dinner.

My Medicinal Smoothie supports a healthy liver and detox abilities, lipid membranes and healthy cholesterol, and is packed with omega 3’s and anti oxidants which protect against a plethora of chronic diseases….and the greens – in addition to their role in detox – support healthy methylation pathways which is a subject I am passionate about – both in my own life and optimizing methylation status for my patients.

Pearls from my recent trip to San Francisco to attend the Institute for Functional Medicine Conference.  The topic this year was Nutrition.  In my video, I shared pearls from Dr. Mark Hyman (author and functional medicine physician), Dr. Randy Girtle (Duke U and Agoudi mice), Dr. David Ludwig (professor of nutrition and pediatrician with Harvard) and Drs. Michael and Lesli Stone on the influence of nutrition on the unborn fetus.

I’ve been studying nutrition for 20 years now and  have had a private practice for 15 years.  People ARE sicker today than they were 15 years ago.

Why?  Because we have an enormous disconnect and ignorance of what has happened to our food supply, by the food industry.

Either we’re devolving as humans….or it is Cause & Effect.

I’m voting for the latter.

If you touched a hot burner, you’d learn not to do it again. When we identify triggers for migraines, they go out of their way to avoid the food or chemical.

But when you eat junk food (non organic, non whole foods), it’s a slow poison.  You dont wake up tomorrow with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, or dementia.

The medical system is broken.  Docs aren’t trained in nutrition or lifestyle medicine. They are great at saving you if you have a heart attack or car wreck. They fail at understanding the WHY of chronic disease.

And as a society, we’ve accepted this as status quo.  We accept that drugs are the only answer.

But it’s not.  Solutions you ask?

Start with organic food AS OFTEN as you can.  Not just when you can afford it. Yes, it’s more $.  Sickness costs $.  Huge amounts of $.

Limit eating out to NO MORE than 1/x week and if you can work toward 1x/month, all the better.    Eating in a restaurant is rarely organic, locally sourced, free raised food.  If you do have that option that is great but WHY spend $75 a week on eating out.  Spend time w/ your family and friends.

Find your own local sources for beef, pork, chicken, eggs.  Choose organic dairy if you consume dairy products.

Check out my website which has HEALTHY WHOLE FOOD RECIPES.  It’s the food I eat.  It’s not five star fancy food.  Just every day real organic whole food.

smoothie w straws for tracy's

~Tracy

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 About Tracy Konoske, MS, RDN

meet_tracyFor the past 20 years, Tracy has served as a dietitian/nutritionist and educator to hundreds of patients throughout the US on their journeys to restoring health, and optimizing well being. 

Tracy has a passion for helping others heal, fueled by her own recovery from Chronic Neurological Lyme, Chronic Fatigue, Epstein Barr Virus, SIBO, and anxiety. 

Tracy says "I have the deepest respect and passion for the healing abilities of the human body.  Each day, I witness miracles when the body is provided optimal fuel:  a nutrient dense, whole, plant foods diet combined with any necessary lifestyle changes.  A talented teacher, known for explaining complex medical topics in plain English, Tracy will assist you in restoring your health and your freedom.  

Tracy helps people with chronic & mystery illness restore their health