How to Eat Your Healing by the Fork - Part 1

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted May 10, 2022

Dear Longevity Insider,

We all know that eating healthy is important, but sometimes it can be tough to stick to a good diet. Making small changes to your eating habits can have a big impact on your overall health. This week, let's discuss some of the most common food patterns that you should avoid in order to improve your eating habits. I will also provide some tips for making healthy food choices. So if you are looking to make some positive changes to your diet, read on!

Food Is Information

Food works in our bodies as information. Every time you eat, you are sending signals to your body about what it needs to do.  What we eat tells our cells what to do. It’s like software for our hardware. If we want to perform at our best, we need to feed our cells high-quality information. This is why we need to be selective about the food we eat as not all foods are created equal. The food we eat can be nourishing when it contains the right information, or it can be damaging when it contains the wrong information. 

What does this mean? 

Some foods contain information that can help our cells function optimally, while other foods contain information that can disrupt our cellular processes. On a molecular level, the nutrients in food interact with our genes to turn certain genes on or off. This is done by a process called epigenetics. Epigenetics is the study of how our environment (including what we eat) can influence the expression of our genes. Our genes are like the blueprints for our bodies and they determine everything from our hair color to our risk for certain diseases. While we cannot change the actual sequence of our DNA, we can influence which genes are turned on or off. These interactions determine how our cells function and ultimately affect our health.

For example, eating a lot of processed foods can send the wrong signal to your genes and lead to inflammation, while eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can send the right signals and help reduce inflammation.

The food we eat can also affect the balance of good and bad bacteria in our gut, which can impact our overall health.  A diet rich in processed foods and low in fiber can promote the growth of bad bacteria, while a diet rich in whole foods and high in fiber can promote the growth of good bacteria.

The goal is to choose foods that will nourish our bodies and help us to function at our best. 

When it comes to choosing the right foods, there are a few things to keep in mind: 

  • The quality of the food is important.
  • We should aim on eating whole, unprocessed foods.
  • We need to eat a variety of different foods to get all of the nutrients our bodies need.

Relationship With Food

Our relationship with food can be complicated. We may turn to food for comfort when we are feeling stressed or sad. We may use food as a reward for good behavior. We may also eat out of habit, without even thinking about what we are doing. 

These behaviors can lead to unhealthy eating habits. If we eat for reasons other than hunger, we are more likely to make poor food choices and to overeat. We may also miss out on the pleasure of eating if we are always thinking about food in terms of calories or points. It is important to be aware of our relationship with food and to make sure that we are eating for the right reasons.

It's key to eat the right things for the right reasons.

To your longevity,

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Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ

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