Healthy Eating or Eating for Health?

With Carmen Gresa-Alemany

Bay welcomes Carmen Gresa-Alemany as a contributor this month. Carmen used her own personal experience with health to take on a 3 year course with College of Naturopathic Medicine in Nutrition, making her passion her profession. She is now part of the Clinical Assistant Supervisor Programme helping and mentoring final year students in clinics at the College of Naturopathic Medicine.

A crucial problem in modern society is malnutrition, not from a lack of food perspective, but from a lack of nutrients in the foods we eat. It is not surprising that we are awakening to a new interest in what we call “Naturopathic Nutrition”, where the quality of the food and how it affects our bodies becomes priority.

As a Naturopathic Nutritionist, I see in my clinic the result of all these “beneficial artificial” foods that promise to help our health, but in reality are wrecking havoc in our bodies, whoever put the “s” into “fast food” was very clever! It is confusing so let’s get back to basics.

What is Naturopathic Nutrition?

Naturopathic nutrition takes the holistic approach – your history, childhood, operations, your emotional state…. everything matters. It is like looking through binoculars that allow me to see you from a distance and also to focus on a specific point in time. It is about bringing the WHOLE person into focus, past and present, internal and external. This framework, results in client-centred, individualized, scientific evidence-based practices, and leads to informed and well-educated choices, for YOU, and your current challenges. It is a partnership established between you, the client and me, the practitioner.  It is not about looking to your current symptoms and throwing the superfood of the day at a complex health problem, promising to wash it away.

Every day, new scientific studies expose the correlation between gut and brain health, gut and joint pain, gut and autoimmune conditions, allergies, intolerances, thyroid disease and slow metabolism. All body systems are interconnected, so if the food we put in our bodies is not clean and wholesome how can we expect good health?

We understand that artificially created food, or food grown under sub-optimal conditions, cannot contribute to good health. Only natural, nutrient-dense foods can produce the degree of health that allows the body to start healing itself.

Three simple concepts sum up the properties of nutritious foods: natural (unprocessed, unrefined), alive (containing live enzymes), and good quality (organic, pesticide free). These can serve as a rough guide to everyone wishing to improve their health.

Awareness and understanding of our health needs, will inevitably lead to an improved diet. However, if what you need is to target the root cause of your disease and nip it in the bud, for example focusing your diet to reduce inflammation or improve digestion and absorption, the helping hand of a knowledgeable registered professsional is para-mount. Through mapping your own journey, we can design a protocol that works for you. Are you up to it?

In the next few months I will give some practical tips for those who want to start making positive changes. In the meantime you can get in touch or send me your questions at



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