Many people who withdraw from psychiatric drugs discover excessive food sensitivities…we’re forced to change the way we eat. It seems that it may be wise for everyone to think about what they’re putting in their bodies. More and more people are also discovering this the hard way (by getting sick one way or another…psychiatric drugs just seem to be an extra catalyst).
The woman in the below video was triggered to action when one of her children had a reaction to food. Her talk covers an important part of the picture. It’s a great introduction to the issue of what has happened to our national food supply.
In order to heal many of us need to radically change our diets. This video suggests that perhaps all of us in America should be concerned about our food supply and the health and wellbeing of our children as well as ourselves.
Some sorts of food allergies are not acute but can instead slowly lead to long-term issues making it difficult to realize that what one is eating is making them unwell. These can have both physical and mental ramifications. (for example a while back I discovered that plants in the nightshade family make my iatrogenically induced pain much worse. Once I stopped eating nightshade plants the pain diminished)
Also more recently I discovered that complicating the issue was histamine intolerance. I suspect this may be a common issue for folks on psych meds by nature of the fact that most psych meds have antihistamine properties: Histamine intolerance round-up
This video and this post only begins to scratch the surface of these issues.
Robyn shares her personal story and how it inspired her current path as a “Real Food” evangelist. Grounded in a successful Wall Street career that was more interested in food as good business than good-for-you, this mother of four was shaken awake by the dangerous allergic reaction of one of her children to a “typical” breakfast. Her mission to unearth the cause revealed more about the food industry than she could stomach, and impelled her to share her findings with others. Informative and inspiring.
Robyn authored The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick – And What We Can Do About It A former Wall Street food industry analyst, Robyn brings insight, compassion and detailed analysis to her research into the impact that the global food system is having on the health of our children.
Tips to avoid GMO foods: (taken from this webpage)
Tip #1: Buy Organic
Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. Buy products labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.” You can be doubly sure if the product also has a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal.
Tip #2: Look for Non-GMO Project Seals
Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal are independently verified to be in compliance with North America’s only third party standard for GMO avoidance, including testing of at-risk ingredients. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to providing consumers with clearly labeled and independently verified non-GMO choices. Look for dairy products labeled “No rBGH or rBST,” or “artificial hormone-free.”
Tip #3: Avoid at-risk ingredients
If it’s not labeled organic or verified non-GMO: Avoid products made with ingredients that might be derived from GMOs (see list). The eight GM food crops are Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Sugar Beets, Hawaiian Papaya (most) and a small amount of Zucchini and Yellow Squash.
Sugar If a non-organic product made in North American lists “sugar” as an ingredient (and NOT pure cane sugar), then it is almost certainly a combination of sugar from both sugar cane and GM sugar beets.
Dairy Products may be from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone. Look for labels stating No rBGH, rBST, or artificial hormones.
Eating wholesome whole real food is important for body/mind/spirit health and well-being. I’ve written a lot about my adventure with diet and healing here: Nutrition and gut health, Mental health and diet
And you can find more Foodie Friday posts and recipes here.