Eating Healthy: Which Foods are Best?

I get asked frequently about how to live a healthy life, eat a healthy diet, and how to do the right things to enhance health.
It’s confusing these days because in the world of health and wellness, there seems to be a contradiction with just about everything.
 
For example, are coffee and wine good for you?  If you’re like me, I love coffee. It’s how I start my day on the right foot.  Just one cup, I have no jitters. I love the smell, taste, and the way it makes me feel.
 
I also love a good wine with dinner.  I’m lightweight so one glass with dinner is all I need to feel myself soften at the end of the day.
 
When I search for research on whether wine or coffee is good for you, I find so much to validate my love and eliminate guilt because I can argue that it’s good for you in moderation.
 
On the other hand, if you’re not a coffee or wine lover, then you can just as well argue that it’s not so good for you.
 
I’ve been drinking coffee for a long time and I’ve grown to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner most nights a week.
 
My health is better than it’s ever been and I feel great.
 

Contradictions Everywhere

 
On one hand, research proves that heavy coffee consumption (3, 5, or more cups) can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Research has also shown a reduced risk for Parkinson’s disease, colon cancer, liver damage, and carcinoma.
On the other hand, research has also shown that coffee consumption is associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease.
And findings for how it impacts blood pressure, hypertension, and the risk for stroke have been inconclusive.
It also warns that coffee can inhibit iron and zinc absorption, and can cause infertility if consumed in large amounts.
In addition, coffee consumption is linked to the following undesirable effects;  palpitations, insomnia, restlessness, headaches, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Healthy Eating is Different for Everyone

Just like red wine, coconut oil, and coffee, it seems that research is confused about which foods are healthy and which are not.
It all comes down to YOU. 
There’s a concept of bio-individuality, which means that every one of us is different with varying degrees of biochemistry, genes, predispositions, and reactions. 
We have different needs and have different responses to various foods.  
Look around and ask,: “Is coffee is good for you?”  “How about wine?” and I guarantee you’ll hear a wide spectrum of answers such as “It makes me jittery and anxious” to “It hurts my stomach” to “I can’t sleep”, to “It makes me feel great, awake, and alert!”
The truth is that there’s no right answer.  Coffee or wine can be both good and bad for you.  It  depends on your health, your body, how much you consume, what predispositions you may have, and how you feel!
This might not be the clear cut answer you were looking for, but your compass to health and wellness should be set to you, not the fad diets, foods, or supplements that come and go.

Alkaline Rules to Healthy Eating

So here’s what you can take away about what foods are good or bad for you:
  • Be weary of blanket statements about certain foods like coffee or wine.  There’s lots of variables to consider.
  • All things are ok in moderation, even having a sweet birthday cake is ok if it’s once in a while.
  • Pay attention to how you feel. Does the food you’re eating leave you feeling depleted and tired or energized and refreshed?
  • Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  But we know that common sense is not always common practice.
To end the wine and coffee debate, listen to the way you feel. 
If it truly brings you joy to enjoy a cup of joe or a glass of wine, then enjoy. 
But if you are struggling with some symptoms day in and day out and drink wine and coffee regularly, it’s a good idea to eliminate it for a short while and see how you feel.
Remember, everything is ok in moderation.  Food is medicine.  We live in an age where most of us are hypersensitive and hyper paranoid about foods.  
This paranoia itself will make you sick even if it’s kale juice you’re drinking everyday. So remember, balance is key.
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Dr. Connie Jeon

About the Author

Dr. Connie Jeon

Dr. Connie has suffered from Lupus for the last 16 years. As a result, she discovered that a holistic minded approach to health was most beneficial for herself in battling Lupus and for her patients, who battle everything from Autoimmune Disease to Weight Loss. Dr. Connie holds a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and a Masters in Public Health (Nutrition) from the renowned Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions. She is also a Registered and Licensed Dietitian in the State of Georgia. Additionally, Dr. Connie is a Functional Medicine Practitioner (Certification Pending 2017), a Registered RYT-200 Yoga Teacher & School (Yoga Alliance) and Certified Pilates Teacher (Pilates Method Alliance).

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