The latest episode in our Resilience Unravelled series has now been released, Resilience Unravelled – The impact of food choice on health.
In this episode, Dr. Russell Thackeray talks to Mary Sheila Gonella, a former pilates teacher who twelve years ago changed direction to become an Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Educator. Mary Sheila, who is based in Sonoma, Northern California, helps people suffering from the effects of their food choices, stress levels and high blood sugar complications by making changes to their nutrition, food choice, diet and lifestyle so they can get their bodies back into balance and enjoy better health.
In this podcast Mary Sheila talks about the importance of our gut microbiome to our immune system, how it educates it about the different bacteria and viruses it meets and helps it regulate itself so we stay healthy. One of the things that can have a huge impact on our microbiome is stress and Mary Sheila recommends that we become more mindful when we eat our food – to rest and digest. If we eat when we are in a stressful situation such as driving, our fight or flight mechanism is engaged and our digestive system effectively shuts down. By stopping, sitting down and taking time when we are eating, we get much more out of our food. She also suggests that deep abdominal breathing can be very helpful for stress but also for issues like SIBO as it helps ‘massage’ the GI tract as well as oxygenating the body.
Growing up with six siblings in the 1970’s, Mary Sheila had access to a lot of the highly addictive convenience foods that were starting to flourish at the time and she talks about how this change in food culture has contributed to the weight problems, nutrition deficiencies, toxicity, and diabetes epidemic we face today. She also talks about the importance of coming back to our food roots through more traditional, simpler foods and eating food more in harmony with our body.
Mary Sheila talks about the role blood sugar plays in the body, its relation to food, its importance for metabolic homeostasis and balance, its link to the endocrine and hormonal glands and the effect it can have on our health when it goes out of balance. She feels that all of our body systems work better and our health is improved when our blood sugar is balanced so, as well as diabetes and gut disorders, we will have better sleep, improved digestion, a decrease in chronic inflammation and hormone imbalances, increased energy and a lift in mood disorders such as depression and anxiety,
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