It was a wonderful time with Dr.OlufemiLadeinde (a medical practioner and nutritionist consultant) from the United Kingdom as Patrick Speech and Languages Centre in conjunction with Pure Soul Learning Foundation held their first quarterlyseries of training programmes for year 2018, on “Mental Health for Families”, a nutritional support for healthy living.
The training took place on February 17th, 2018,at Edgewood College, Plot 3 Block 14, KayodeOtitojuStreet, off Admiralty way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
The topic for the training was “Diet and Health” the dynamics of food. It was a period of mind blowing discussion on the importance of supporting the body by eating the right food so that our bodies get all the vitamins and nutrients they need for our well-being.
The training started at10: 50 am with a welcome address and introduction of the facilitator (DrLadeinde) by MrsAanuSenbanjo followed by an opening prayer by MrsOrimoloye. The participants of the training include parents,teachers and therapists.
The facilitator elaborated on significance of supporting the body by eating the right food. He made us to know that if all the nutrients are in our food, we do not need to take medicine. He therefore said that we should make food our medicine and medicine our food, so that the body can deal with issues by itself i.e fight against germs and diseases. He revealed that 90% of sicknesses that people suffer from are due to what they eat, and not eating what they’re supposed to. He revealed that medicine we take,method of processingand preserving foodnowadays, have negative side effects thatdamage our health. This is so because they contain chemicals that reduce the level of acid which break down food in the body system and when this acid drops, digestion becomes a problem and thus leading to sicknesses. He said that the age of puberty has drop from 13-14 years to 8-9 years due to the way food is being produced and the chemical used. People are been fed by food and health industries that pay no attention to health. They produced food like any other commodities such as clothes which are harmful to health. He makes us understand that health is not how we look or feel, but rather how we are functioning inside. It is also a state of complete physical, mental and social well- being. He said that true health includes an understanding of how the environment impacts our health. Therefore, we should take a critical look at our environment such as the work place, food, water, electronics, living room, sleeping space and clothes, as these can put great pressure on our adrenal glands that can cause sickness.
He said foods are either nutrient dense or calorie dense. If our food is more of calories, our body is getting more calories than it needs; it will be forced to do something with the excess energy. In this case, the body is not getting enough nutrients, and enzyme systems will not work properly and detoxification will not take place, leading to sickness. He makes us to know that every disease has a toxin overload, as well as inflammation base, and if we cannot douse the flames of inflammation and carry out constant detoxification, disease will emerge. So to avoid this, we should eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, take anti-inflammatory supplements such as turmeric or fish oil, and avoid refined carbohydrates. He also advised that we should addthe following spices to our food: cloves, ginger,rosemary and turmeric as these prevent and cure some inflammatory conditions.
At this juncture, MrsAkande appreciates the facilitator and encouraged the participants to try to make a difference in people’s lives in any situation they find themselves. She also made known, how her son is able to attain great heights in his education just because he based his diet on ewedu, amala and beans i.e natural foods,which is not known to her that the kind of food her son is eating is working for his immune system.
After snack time, the facilitator continued with the training by advising the participants to build their diet around 3 food nutrients: dark green vegetable, protein and healthy fats. He said food is the cornerstone of health. For it to be effective, digestion and assimilation have to be optimal. To avoid disease, we should watch what we eat, de-stress and detoxify.
During questions and answers session,different questions were asked by the participants and the facilitator was able to provide solutions to the participants’ questions individually, and to their utmost satisfaction. He also encouraged participants to base their food on essential oil, coconut oil, ginger, garlic etc as these could be used as curative and prevention in measure. The participants were very happy for attending such training like this.
After the training, MrsAkande appreciated the participants and informed them about the subsequent ones. A group picture was taken, and the training was brought to an end.