Why It Doesn’t Matter How Healthy a Food is During Nutritional Rehabilitation

Dec 7, 2021

Why It Doesn’t Matter How Healthy a Food is During Nutritional Rehabilitation

Focusing on how healthy, unprocessed or “clean” the food served is can cause people to lose sight of the fact that the primary goal is correcting the energy deficiency that caused the health consequences in the first place.  No matter how nutrient dense or unprocessed the foods were, they were not what their body needed to be healthy.  If limiting foods led to health effects then it’s unrealistic to think that continuing the same will have different results.

You don’t treat the symptoms of the problem, you treat the source.  Correcting the health effects means addressing what caused them (i.e. restricted intake) which means it’s going to be necessary to incorporate more foods (increase acceptance of foods) in order to achieve healing and recovery.

Yes, that might cause distress, tension and even stomach discomfort (whether functional or somatic).  But what’s more important…treating the illness or trying to minimize the discomfort/distress the illness is causing?

This needs to be put into perspective because if you continue to focus on avoiding the symptoms, you will be overlooking and neglecting treating the underlying issue which is necessary to overcome the illness.


Written by Krista Godfrey, MS, RD, LMNT

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