Russell Mariani is a Health Educator and Digestive Wellness expert who has been in private practice since 1980. He is the co-founder with his wife Megan Moore of The Center for Functional Nutrition in South Hadley, Massachusetts. He is the author of the book, Principle Eating, The No Diet Way to Complete Health and several other health-related books and ebooks. He can be reached at 413-536-0275 and via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s not just what we eat, but how, when, where, and why we eat that makes all the difference in the world! Imagine that.
Complementary or Insulting?
What are the habits I should practice and which ones should I avoid?
Understanding the difference between the complementary and insulting habits in your diet and lifestyle makes all the difference in your self-healing journey. If you fail to identify your most insulting habits (and then actively minimize or avoid them completely) you may not experience the success you desire and deserve. If you fail to avoid your most insulting habits during the Phase One recovery period, you may not recover your normal digestive system functions and/or your overall health.
However, if you take this step seriously and consistently practice the complementary habits while avoiding and/or minimizing the insulting ones, you will be astonished at how rapidly your intestinal (and whole body) regeneration will proceed. This step, this understanding, in my opinion, is what makes my program different and more effective than any other. This step customizes and personalizes your program making it unique and special.
Other books and programs and practitioners give lip service to some of these habits but generally overlook their primary significance. These habits aren’t just important, they are transformational. The many habits listed below provide the keys to your self-healing journey. Separate the complementary habits from the insulting ones; practice the complementary habits and minimize or avoid completely the insulting ones and you will dramatically increase your recovery time. Please read this next section very carefully. Please read this next section as if your life and health in general and your digestive system health in particular depended on it.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."
Practice These Complementary Habits Consistently!
Avoid These Insulting Habits as Much as Possible!
There is substantial and reliable documentation to support each of the habits outlined above (see the bibliography section in my new book: Principle Eating). However, nothing is more important and ultimately nothing is more convincing than the actual experiments you conduct yourself on yourself to determine the relevance of any of these habits. If you are not willing to carry out experiments with your diet and your habits, as explained below, you will only see limited improvement or none at all.
You must conduct reliable experiments to prove to yourself conclusively which habits in your diet and lifestyle are complementary and which ones are insulting. Your health depends on these experiments. Please use the following suggestions on the next page to guide your personal experiments.
The Seven Day Experiment
Seven days is the absolute minimum period of time to conduct a meaningful experiment. Remember that determining the difference between the complementary and insulting habits in your diet and lifestyle is not just helpful, it’s transformational.
" I hear and I forget. I do and I understand."
- Chinese proverb
Russell Mariani is a Health Educator and Digestive Wellness expert who has been in private practice since 1980. He is the co-director with his wife Megan Moore of The Center for Functional Nutrition in South Hadley, Massachusetts. He is the author of the book, Principle Eating and several other health-related books and ebooks.