When we think of Independence Day, we often think of courageous people declaring their right to be free. The Fourth of July is a time to reflect on our country’s history and the values on which it was founded – freedom, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This year, as we celebrate the birth of our country with family and friends, I invite you to consider a different take on independence – one where each one of us exercises our individual right to pursue the highest level of health and wellness that we can; one where the liberty we seek to achieve is to break free of the faulty and outdated dietary and health dogma promoted by our government, big food and big pharma.

As a conscious health consumer, it can be difficult to wade through conflicting and ever-changing dietary advice from the health authorities in order to figure out what and how to eat. It is also difficult to opt out of our “disease-care” system with a pill for each ill and with no promise of health and vitality. Asserting independence with respect to our health can be scary and difficult – just imagine saying NO to conventionally grown food – approved by our agricultural regulatory agencies but in reality full of harmful chemicals, hormones, and antibiotics. Imagine saying NO to pharmaceuticals, most of which only mask symptoms without resolving root causes of illness. Imagine rejecting product safety inserts – filled with unreadable small type – to tell us about side effects and contraindications of those seemingly benign medications sold over the counter. But doing all of these is what it really takes to have liberty in the pursuit of your health. Independence means knowing that there is no such thing as a diet that is good for everyone. Independence means that you are an equal partner with your health care professional when figuring out a correct course of treatment. Independence means that you are a unique individual – and what works for someone else will not necessarily work for you. I call this the pursuit of your individual truth – the Tru of You.

This is what the Wildatarian movement is all about. A great place to start is to take the Wildatarian Quiz to help you discover your Wildatarian Type. The results will drive your eating style – one that revolves around our “Big 3” indicators: protein, fat, and sulfur malabsorption. Manipulating your dietary consumption of these foods can improve your overall health and wellness. Find out why in my book “The Wildatarian Diet: Living as Nature Intended”.

Weather you are out enjoying the weather or spending the holiday with the friends and family you love, I hope you use this holiday to affirm your own right to eat healthy foods, live with vitality, manage your stress, and find the Tru of You.

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