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How is Your Health Affected By Your Diet?

by | Oct 26, 2011 | Food and Health, Food Rules

Recently I saw that there is a publication entitled something like Diabetes Lifestyle magazine.  I am assuming this is directed at those who have developed this awful disease by eating the Western Diet, in other words, Type 2 diabetes.

The western diet, and all that accompanies it, can be avoided.  But we have been mistreating our bodies with highly processed foods for so long, that it is really hard to make the switch.  You must be really committed.  Having a magazine that basically gives approval to having this, is not really acceptable.

Michael Pollan's Food Rules is a good starter book for healthier eating.

So what can we do?  I am not going to reinvent the wheel.  There are plenty of good books out there.  But some are better than others.  Taking a single nutrient that is found naturally in a particular fruit or vegetable can’t be consumed on its own and then presumed to be helpful.  The phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables work in tandem with one another.  Best to eat them as nature intended.  I would, however, recommend books by Michael Pollan.  He has written such books as Food Rules, In Defense of Food, and Omnivore’s Dilemma.

He actually wrote them in reverse order of how they are listed above, but I read them in reverse order as well.  If you just want to get started on what to do, read Food Rules.  It is a thin book that can be read in an hour and provides the reader with 60 or so rules on what to eat and what not to eat.  It is a good place to start.  I loved the dedication in the front of the book.  He dedicated it to his mother “who always knew that butter is better for you than margarine.”  I was shocked.  MY mother always knew butter was better for you than margarine.  So I wrote a list of things I learned from my mother.  I will publish them at a different time–they have almost nothing to do with homeopathy, but so be it.  The first three NEW clients who mention this post will get a free copy of this book.  Schedule quickly, cuz that is all I have.

In Defense of Food gives a great food history and why we eat the way we do.  You’ll be amazed and astounded. In this book, he summarizes research and boils it down to seven words:  Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.

I am still reading Omnivore’s Dilemma.  (I had to read a novel in between the books, just for something different.)  But it is a discussion on what we should eat, given than humans tend to be omnivores.

More specifics on food in another post.





Meet Kathryn Berg the Classical Homeopath at Lotus Homeopathy, Inc.


Some of you know me, others of you may have heard of me. And for most, you probably have no clue about me or my business. So I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself, my family, my business, why I am a homeopath and how I became a homeopath—not necessarily in that order.

Like many people, I found out about homeopathy accidentally. I fell down while walking my Akita pup on an icy sidewalk on a typical Minnesota winter day. I was scheduled to go to a friend’s house later that day, so when I did, I asked her for some ice. You need some Arnica, she told me. Arnica? What’s that? She explained that Arnica is a homeopathic remedy for trauma.

At the time, the only place to get homeopathic remedies was a book and herb store in South Minneapolis. So I went there to get some. When I got there, I decided I should read some books so I actually knew what I was doing. I left with the Arnica 30c and three books. By the time I got done reading them, I knew I wanted to be a homeopath.

It was only several years later that I realized that I was attracted to homeopathy as a profession because I am a problem solver. It is what drives me. There is nothing like a well chosen homeopathic remedy to solve problems.

At the time I decided to become a homeopath, there wasn’t even a school here in in Minnesota. But eventually, my homeopath and his business partner started the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy. I was a graduate of the third class. At the time I went there, it was a part time program taking three and a half years! Since then I have studied with numerous other well known and respected homeopaths in continuing education studies.

While I do work with all sorts of folks with a variety of conditions, I really have studied how to treat people suffering from PTSD, health issues related to aging women, and children’s health issues of all sorts, including autism. I have also been successful in removing blockages to healing due to suppression of symptoms by western medicine. I chose those specialties because people really suffer who have those forms of dis-ease, and Western Medicine doesn’t seem to have much of a solution for them.

After over twenty years of practice, I still get excited for clients when a remedy has helped them heal.

So that is about my business. Now, a little bit about me.

I have two adult sons in their early twenties, so I have shed the title of “Soccer mom”. My husband and I are empty nesters living in Woodbury, MN. For fun, I like to play piano, sing, sew, garden, hike, and travel. I am in a community choir. I also enjoy cooking healthy meals and, out of necessity, am an expert at cooking for special diets.

If you have any questions about homeopathy or my approach to homeopathic case taking, please feel free to put some questions in the comments below.

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