Eat Your Way To Health with The Superfood Goddess
Stephanie Bosco, The Superfood Goddess, helps her clients heal maladies of the body and mind through food. The 33-year-old, credits small habits like drinking more water and eating more vegetables as lifestyle changes which have seen her clients get off medication and lead healthier lives.
One of the first people she helped was herself when she was diagnosed with depression and anxiety.
“I changed my own diet and my lifestyle first because I was told I was going to be on medication for depression and anxiety for the rest of my life,” Stephanie said.
Two years after being on medication, Stephanie became a vegan, which changed her health.
“Once I went vegan, I was really feeling great. And I thought ‘I wonder if there is a correlation between how good I feel and my food’ because everything changed since I went vegan,” Stephanie said.
Curiosity led Stephanie to become interested in reading more about food and nutrition. She then was giving friends advice on how to lead healthier lifestyles. Now, Stephanie holds three certifications as a holistic plant-based health coach and is pursuing her Masters in Clinical Nutrition as she runs her holistic health coaching consultancy–The Superfood Goddess.
The primary focus of The Superfood Goddess is to make sure that her clients understand how their bodies work and what the food they eat does for their overall wellbeing and various aspects of their health, like their mental health.
Stephanie explains that what we eat, or our gut health, has a significant impact on our mental health because 90% of our serotonin, which is that happy mood chemical, is produced in the gut. Fried food, dairy products (which cause mucus build up) and meat, can potentially be hard for the body to break down. The food sitting in your stomach sends foggy and toxic signals to the body through neurotransmitters, thus influencing your mental health.
“Mental health comes down to eating whole foods [like fruits and vegetables]. Our body can absorb the maximum amount of nutrition from these whole foods.” Stephanie explained. “When you’re eating more superfoods, plants—whole food–you’re creating a diverse amount of bacteria in your gut. The healthier bacteria will be able to fight inflammation, disease, and any kind of mental brain fog.”
During her 12 years of helping her clients, Stephanie has seen how food has changed their lives.
“I’m not going to say that I cure anything. I’m not going to say that I can reverse anything, but there’s a very good chance that you can stop, slow, and reverse disease (mental or physical) just through food. The worst thing that can happen is that you’ll have to get back on medication,” Stephanie said.
Just as Stephanie did herself (with a doctor’s supervision) when she slowly got herself off of medication.
“I’m living proof that you can get healthier through food,” Stephanie said.
Besides herself, a client that comes to mind, whom she helped, is a family-friend with severe diabetes. He came to her after losing his toe to the disease. Stephanie was shocked when she found out that while he was prescribed very strict medication, he was never asked to change his diet.
“In our healthcare system, we’re given a pill to deal with the symptoms of what’s going on in our body instead of addressing the root cause,” Stephanie said. “So, I helped this guy by helping him change his diet.”
On Stephanie’s recommendation, he went on a whole food plant-based diet with the exception of eating fish to meet bodily nutritional demand. He got rid of meat, dairy, and refined carbs.
Instead of eating bagels and pasta, he was eating whole rolled oats like oatmeal for breakfast. For lunch, he was eating salads and veggie stir fry or soup at night.
He did that diligently for six months.
“He was one of the people that were willing to do the work, and now he is off of medication for type 2 diabetes,” Stephanie said. “And you don’t hear that very often because if you stop taking the medication it could lead to death, but when you’re eating right, you can heal. And that’s what he did. He was able to heal himself.”
When asked in what ways everyone could change their lifestyle, Stephanie gave a few recommendations anyone can try.
Stephanie recommends starting the day with one to two glasses of water to wake up your system. You should also incorporate more veggies in your diet. If you aren’t a veggie person, she suggests trying to find fruits or vegetables you’ve never tried before and experimenting with them. Besides sticking to a whole food diet, you should also look into nutrient-dense foods or superfoods.
Changing your diet is just one part of Stephanie’s message for holistic health.
“You have to realize that true holistic health–your health, and your nutrition–the whole picture, is about the relationships you’re in, the work environment you’re in, your mindset, the way that you speak to yourself–all those things have an impact on your health and on your journey,” Stephanie said.
When you start a health journey, you start taking control of your life and like all changes it takes its time and has its ups and downs. Which is what Stephanie tries to work through with her clients as they journey across the bridge towards their well-being.
“When you try something new, maybe you do it really great the first time, but as you continue through with it, we’re going to make mistakes. We’re going to have downfalls and we’re going to get overwhelmed, and that’s normal.” Stephanie said. “We have to keep moving forward. We have to keep getting up and trying better every single time. You have to be patient. You have to be kind to yourself.”
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