Eat Real to Heal: A Book That Teaches Us How to Turn Our Bodies Into Disease-Fighting Machines

No matter how many times we've heard the phrase, "You are what you eat," it's all too easy to get lazy when it comes to our eating habits, particularly when it comes to food that's easy, convenient, and readily available. After a long day of work, household duties, and taking care of our families, sometimes it's tough to resist making dinner out of a box or popping a frozen pizza into the microwave. However, the food we choose to eat does play a huge part in our overall health and how we look and feel, but it also goes well beyond that.

In her book, Eat Real to Heal, author Nicolette Richer explains how we can actually use food as medicine to heal our bodies, reverse chronic disease, and fuel and rejuvenate our cells so that we are able to live the healthiest possible lives.

Eat Real to Heal Book Cover

Nicolette is an orthomolecular nutritionist and has done extensive research on the impact real food can have on the body. She's experienced first hand just how much of an impact making changes to a diet can have on a person. As she states in the introduction of Eat Real to Heal:

"I have clients who come to me with cancerous tumors, and after eight weeks of organic, nutrient-dense food and juicing, the tumors have shrunk by 50 percent, or in some instances, they've vanished completely."

"I have clients who come to me years after they've been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. After working with me to overhaul their kitchen and their diet, their markers normalize, and their doctors have to take them off of the medications -- sometimes in as little as seven days."

"I have clients who sit in my office, sobbing, totally discouraged, because all they want is to get pregnant and they're battling infertility and endometriosis. Less than one year later, they're nursing a healthy baby."

Nicolette has seen time and time again just how much of an impact real food can have. Through this book, she teaches us how to apply the practices she teaches her clients into our daily lives so that we can start healing our bodies and leading healthier, more full lives as early as a few days after changing our habits.

The main tactic that Nicolette has her clients start with is called The Gerson Therapy, which is a method of detoxifying the body that was implemented by Dr. Max Gerson in the early 1900s. It consists of six key components:

1. Juicing -- To reverse nutrient deficiency.

2. Eating real, whole, unprocessed, unrefined food -- To also reverse nutrient deficiency and provide the body with plant-based insoluble fiber.

3. Detoxifying the liver through coffee enemas -- To help reverse disease

4. Taking supplements -- To replenish the body with nutrients that can't be absorbed from food alone.

5. Rest -- To conserve the body's energy so that it may heal.

6. Exercise -- To keep the body fit and strong.

Each concept is fully explained in-depth in Eat Real to Heal, and the book also offers a food list of what to eat and what not to eat, along with simple, healthy, delicious recipes that Nicolette makes at home for her family on a weekly basis. The meals in this plan are full of fresh organic fruits and vegetables and whole, unrefined grains and legumes. Nicolette advises her clients to aim for eating 30 different types of produce each week. Not surprisingly, all processed food is eliminated, along with all types of meat and dairy.

Even though this book is more geared for adults, we can still apply the same principles to how we feed our children in addition to ourselves, which makes for positive changes and a much healthier family all around. There's even a chapter where Richer gives tips for parents on how to make the transition from chips, boxed mac and cheese, and chicken nuggets to whole, real food that kids will actually wind up enjoying.

1. Don't try and trick your kids -- Instead of trying to "sneak" veggies into their meals, get them involved in shopping and cooking for the family, which will help make them more enthusiastic about trying new things.

2. Remove the competition -- The bottom line is that if there are crackers, cookies, potato chips, and the like in the house, it's going to be much harder to convince the kids to fill up on real food. Remove the fake stuff so their only option is to eat real.

3. Don't pressure or bribe kids into eating fruits and veggies -- Serve the real food on a consistent basis, and eventually, they'll start trying more new things and incorporating them into their diet.

child reaching for a strawberry

On top of giving a detailed plan for how to overhaul the food we put in our bodies, this book also addresses other factors of our lives that also need additional attention to ensure that we're living as healthfully as we possibly can. Managing stress, detoxifying our homes in regards to the products we use and even the water we drink and bathe in, setting realistic goals, connecting with nature, and making time for meditation and movement are all part of what makes up our "whole health plan." As Nicolette explains, this allows us to "write our own prescription for optimal health."

It doesn't matter how healthy a life you think you're leading. After reading this book, odds are good that you'll realize you need to implement at least a few changes to make sure that you're living a non-toxic life in a body that's properly-fueled so that it can function as a disease-fighting machine.

*Nicolette Richer is a health educator, speaker, and author who has over 15 years of experience in helping people heal from disease through nutrition. To hear more about Nicolette, visit her website,