Our approach to food at Healthpath
A lot of people think that it’s possible to get a kind of ‘prescription’ of what foods are perfect for them.
For example, ‘eat carrots, but don’t eat broccoli’.
Science doesn’t support this view: there are no credible tests that can accurately tell you the best foods for your body.
What we do know—and what is scientifically proven—is that the more diverse your diet, the more diverse your microbiome will be.
As we know a diverse microbiome is fundamental to great health, our mission is to get you tolerating the most varied diet possible.
Our library of food plans are designed to allow your gut to ‘rest’ from the most common irritants—like sugar and certain carbohydrates—before working towards a fuller food plate.
So, after an initial restricted period, we’ll guide and encourage you to a diverse range of food again by helping you to reintroduce foods back into your diet.
It might take time, but the research shows this is a sustainable path to improved health.
Will the plan have foods I don’t eat?
Our diet plates are designed to be helpful guides, rather than a rigid diet that you have to stick to.
If you see foods that trigger your symptoms, feel free to swap them for others and aim to reintroduce later.
While you don’t want to be uncomfortable, the goal is to be able to eat the foods you have a negative reaction to over time. A healthy gut tolerates a wide range of foods.
If you want to try to include a potentially problematic food in your diet again, we recommend that you slowly reintroduce one food per week, in small amounts at first, and monitor the effects.
Our relationship with food matters
How we feel about food can sometimes have a bigger impact on our wellbeing than the food itself.
When you’ve had reactions over a long period of time, it’s easy (and understandable) to get focussed on individual foods.
We want this to be as stress-free for you as possible, so our food plans have plenty of recipes and practical tips to make shopping and cooking easier.
And if you don’t stick to the plan 100% of the time, please don’t worry about it. Just see it as a chance to see how your body reacts.
So much more than food
Remember that sleep, movement and stress reduction are just as important as diet in your overall health and wellbeing.
So, you’ll also receive an easy-to-read report and review, supplement plan and lifestyle advice from one of our experienced practitioners.