As someone who’s experienced food intolerances in the past I’ve become very interested in reading labels and knowing what’s in the food that I eat. Also, through my work with horses I’ve seen the consequences of a diet that is not appropriate to the animal’s needs.
Many of the commercial horse feeds are loaded with sugar. They also contain chemicals such as pesticides and mould inhibitors. All this plays havoc with the horse’s metabolism leading to a variety of health conditions. Domesticated horses are genetically identical to their wild cousins and so their digestive systems need to be given the same diet, that is lots of high fibre, low sugar forage supplemented as necessary with other plants, herbs, vegetables and fruits to ensure they get all the vitamins and minerals they require. Horses’ digestive systems work on a fermentation system to extract the nutrients they need from this diet, meaning that they rely on a good balance of healthy gut bacteria. Stress, medication and toxic chemicals take their toll on these bacteria, upsetting the healthy balance and causing dis-ease.
This is also true for us. Many of us lead busy lives and so have come to rely on ready made and microwaveable meals. These often contain high levels of sugar and salt and the processing that is done in their preparation destroys much of the goodness. In addition our fruits and vegetables are produced through intensive farming methods using chemical sprays, which result in fewer nutrients and also toxins that overload the liver.
I believe it is very important to source ingredients that are as healthy and natural as possible. Buy organic where you can or, even better, grow your own. Cook from scratch (if you’re short on time perhaps you can do this in advance and freeze portions for later meals) adding herbs and spices for extra flavour rather than salt or sugar. Include a wide range of foods and colours to ensure that you’re getting enough vitamins and minerals. If you eat meat, fish, eggs and/or dairy I would again recommend buying organic and unprocessed options where possible to avoid the hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals that can be found in some of these foods.
Taken from Giving Healing Some Horse Power. You can read the full text here.
If you you’d like to review your diet and see where you might be able to make some healthy changes, please feel free to contact me to book a session:
My journey into working in the field of Wellbeing began when I joined an online course in Evolutionary Enlightenment. This caused me to take a hard look at my life – my career, my direction, my purpose – and question whether or not it was really right for me. The answer was No. I was lost, struggling and unhappy.
Searching for something that would resonate for me and that would support my need to grow, I started learning Reiki which, in a roundabout way, led me back to one of my passions: animals. Horses in particular hold a very special place in my heart. I love supporting owners to explore their horse’s physical and emotional needs.
I went on to study Energy Healing, Emotional Freedom Techniques and META-Health because I also love supporting other women who are experiencing similar experiences of stress and overwhelm. I love holding a safe space where they can discover that they have always had choices and the power to make their own decisions.
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