What is a Healthy Diet?

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Health and well being are crucial to our existence, so it is vitally important that we understand what constitutes a healthy DIET. 


Carnivore, vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, high protein low carbohydrate, high carbohydrate low protein.  The internet is jammed with diet after diet and it is not surprising that people do not know what constitutes a healthy eating diet.  You may think reading this – so why will the following information be any different to all the other information out there?!


My name is Louise Cottingham and in my opinion, as a Nutrition Specialist and Juice Therapist, I have invested my own trials and research into them all.




Before I read ‘‘Wheat Belly’ by MD William Davis 10 years ago, I believed a healthy eating regime was just to remove gluten and consume a moderation of all other foods. Which included lots of good fats, like nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut oil, and meat and cheese in abundance, alongside lots of vegetables and small amounts of fruit would do the trick.  I did look super slim and felt really energised, however, I now know all these years later, that the removal of wheat from my diet was wise, as grains are in general inflammatory to our system, because they feed certain viruses in our body.  But I was unaware of the burden on my liver with the heavy fats and proteins, regardless if they are animal or plant-based.

The real turning point for me was after returning home from a Juice Retreat in 2016, where I had spent eight blissful days on NOTHING but fresh cold-pressed freshly extracted juice from vegetables and fruits.  It was transformational to me, leaving the retreat I kept quoting that I felt that a ‘Thousand buildings’ had lifted from my shoulders.  I shed so many tears and I felt so well and clean from within.  I had lots more energy, and the whole time I was there I took part in a lot of wonderful exercises.  I felt I had to share this with people as soon as possible, so on my return, I qualified as a Juice Therapist.  Since then, I have been running workshops and helping assist my clients towards healthy eating habits, by incorporating fresh juice into the equation.  It’s not just healthy eating, it’s about shedding toxic waste from our system, and furnishing our body with what nature intended, which is lots of fruit and vegetables and cleaning up our internal filtration systems.

I then discovered Anthony Williams, aka Medical Medium.  Supported by medical doctors, he has helped thousands of people turn their life around, through the enlightenment of caring for their precious liver.  It was great to read yet again the wonderful power of fruit and vegetable, and their healing abilities.

We have an amazing filtration system, the lymphatic system, white blood cells, kidneys, intestinal tract, and the liver.  These systems, filter and clean our blood so that our brain, heart, and lungs are protected from problem trouble makers that enter our system.  To protect us, the liver holds on to a mass of toxic viruses, heavy metals, and their oxidative residues.  These have been residing inside of us for decades, safely packed away in the livers protective lobes.


Removal of processed foods, alcohol and keeping hydrated is paramount to every bodily function, whether, we are sick, or not.  Understanding which foods feed the viruses and pathogens is also key to taking the right steps toward optimal health.  Due to the use of fertilisers and pesticides used in conventional farming, the health of our soil has been greatly depleted and thus food is not as nutritious as it used to be.  We need to understand this, so we can make these healthy eating habits, a lifestyle change.

Firstly we must understand that humans are made up of 80% water, are living organisms made up of trillions of cells.  For cell replication to take place with ease and develop into healthy cells the environment in which our cells bathe, needs to be clean.

Therefore we need to clean up our liver, and the rest of our internal filtration system, so that the viruses and pathogens have no home to reside in.

To summarise, what I feel equates to a healthy eating regime, which I myself follow and also address the same protocols with my clients with much success, is:

The removal of all toxic processed foods and the removal of foods that feed the viruses and pathogens inside of us.

  • Eggs
  • Gluten
  • Soy
  • Dairy
  • Pork
  • Alcohol

Then we need to drench our system in live vitamin water, in the form of raw juice, smoothies, salads, soups, avocados, a glass of warm lemon water first thing, neat celery juice and Medical Mediums heavy metal detox smoothies.



Fruit has a profound ability to cleanse and heal our systems.  Fruit sugar is not the same as all the other sugars.  Better to fear the sugar that is in wine, chocolate, cakes, biscuits, pasta, bread, and all the other forms. Vitamins, minerals, live enzymes, phytochemicals and fibre are naturally bound to the sugar in fruit.  These heal and support your starved liver of its much-needed glucose, which in turn supports better health and well-being.


Colourful antioxidant-rich vegetables and root vegetables.  Add garlic, ginger and herbs to your salads and dips.  Herbs, especially fresh herbs, also have the capacity to fight dis-ease in our systems.  You may also be surprised at how delicious they are when used to make fresh tea.



Contrary to the fad of the ketogenic diet, all fats, plant-based or animal-based, are detrimental to our health. The liver needs glucose, which it gets when we consume fruit and vegetables.  It does not want or need fat, for its healthy function.  To protect us, the liver breaks down fat by producing bile each time we consume fat in any of its forms.  However, with the overburdened state of our livers, from the daily onslaught of toxins in the environment, medications, poor diet, heavy metals, and plastics, the toxic clothes we wear, cleaning products – and the list continues – our liver desperately needs our help.

Here is the thing about eating sugar and fat together: it interferes with the liver receiving its desperate supply of glucose.  The liver has to release bile to break down the fat that builds up in the blood to ensure the blood is as clean as possible when it reaches the heart and brain.  It will always do this, time and time again, to its own detriment, to protect your others organs and keep you alive!

If you eat meat, try to buy organic, or grass-fed and limit your allowance to once a day.  If you eat fish, try at best to consume wild fish, such as salmon. Avoid sustainably raised fish as these usually come from fish farms and studies show these have high levels of heavy metals.  Try to exchange dairy for oat milk.  Here is how you can easily make your own.

Dairy is the most mucus-forming food and delicious fuel for the viruses and pathogens that reside inside us.  Avocados are ok, as the sugar and fat are bound together the way nature intended.

You may currently feel ok and that this doesn’t affect you.  However, if you suffer headaches, skin problems, sleep problems, dementia, cancers, heart dis-ease, anxiety, twitches, lack of libido, menopausal symptoms, aching joints, intestinal problems, colitis, IBS, fatigue, gout, these are all symptom of an overburdened liver and toxic internal environment.


I personally follow a plant-based diet, with the added protocols of Medical Medium.



Finally, one very important tip I suggest everyone can try is to support the elimination phase that your system goes through.  From 4 am – 12 noon, the body is dumping its waste, emptying its dirty toxic storage bins.  This elimination phase needs no more than light nutrition, such as fruit and veg smoothies and juices, with no fats or oils.

A healthy diet is one with a high water content food, from the amazing fruits, vegetables herbs and spices which nature intended.

Optimal health is yours to have, it’s your given right to health and well-being in all its glory.

Visit my website for more help and advice on a healthy diet and to find out about my workshops.




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Next step… check out our previous blog How Holistic Healing Can Transform Your Health.


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