Bratman's second client, "Mark", was trying to manage the symptoms that come with Lupus and, after trying his best with diet alterations and restrictions left Bratman's office in a final huff not to be seen again for some time. When he did return, he reported feeling healthier, more energetic, and his Lupus had gone into full remission. Again, Bratman asked what he did to reap such healthy results and Mark replied, "the pizza and beer diet"! He had gotten the idea from patient of Bratman's he met at a party. After following in Wendy's footsteps, his health improved.
Like the telling of a fairy tale, this story shared by Steven Bratman, highlights one of the most important morals of this healthy narrative. One of the most important factors to good health (that tends to be overlooked as we so desperately seek out the means to a healthy, pure, clean diet)......is stress. While we may eat "cleanly" stress and anxiety tend to seep into our thoughts, beliefs, and actions as diets become disordered. Stress may result in concern over eating out, eating at a friend's house, eating on the road or spending countless hours and too much energy planning out meals and menu plans.
Removing the concern over healthy eating had an overwhelming influence on the health of both patients and served as a reminder to me that obsession with healthy nutrition can soon become turn against us and become what ails us. Although the message isn't sexy or newsworthy and although you don't see this reminder on those irritating pop ups and facebook adds, moderation is the key to health.
If food is our medicine and medicine our food...sometimes it's necessary to enjoy a healthy dose of pizza and beer!