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Real Foods First

Beauty is a multi-billion-dollar industry in America, but all the skin creams, lotions and makeup in the world cannot compete with a healthy diet.

This is a core belief of Dr. Kellyann Petrucci, a Yardley local and lifelong resident of Bucks County. And, she has 20 years of clinical experience in family-based nutritional practice to back it up.

“The whole game, when it comes to looking amazing, is getting the toxins out of your cells and getting nutrition in,” she said. “When you can learn the framework to do that, you’re going to get what you want.”

This framework is outlined in five books she authored for John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the publishing company responsible for the for Dummies brand. Her books, which include Living Paleo for Dummies and Boosting your Immunity for Dummies, were released within the past two years. They center around her tenets to building a healthy lifestyle, which include physical activity, eating clean and healthy and boosting the immune system.

But when it comes to looking and feeling healthy, food takes precedence.

“It starts with food. Food comes first,” she said. “You need to eat the foods that work with your body, that you can both digest and metabolize the best.”

For this, she mentions fresh, grass-fed meats, fish, seafood, eggs, non-starchy vegetables, smarter, denser carbohydrates, some fruits and some nuts and seeds. But the most important thing to get in your body is healthy fats.

“We have been told that we get heart disease from fat, but we get heart disease from bad fats,” she said. For sources of healthy fats, she suggests coconut oil and fats, uncooked olive oil, grass-fed butter and ghee, a butter with milk solids boiled off that is popular in Indian culture and cuisine.

She pointed to Optimal Health Center in Yardley and Snipes Farm in Morrisville as local establishments that promote healthy living.

Petrucci’s knowledge and passion for healthy living earned her television appearances on about 30 programs across the country, including a May 7 appearance on Dr. Oz, where she discussed low-carb alternatives to traditional breads.

“The main reason why people have such a hard time kicking bread to the curb is because it’s a comfort food to us,” she said on the program. “So the question comes, when we want more, when we want something substantial, what are our healthiest choices?”

She suggested sprouted grain breads like Ezekiel Bread and Julian Bakery’s coconut flour Paleo Bread as healthy alternatives.

Petrucci’s experience as a naturopathic physician and primal nutrition expert are not her only credentials. She has degrees from Temple University, St. Joseph’s University and Logan College in Missouri, where she earned her doctorate degree. She has also trained extensively in Europe, which contributed greatly to her philosophy as a physician.

“We have a biological terrain. What that means is that your body is an ecosystem and you have to treat it as such,” she said. “When you’re not feeling good, you have to keep your cells and all your fluids flowing like a river, not like a swamp.”

Petrucci’s philosophy for healthy living translates to her philosophy as a mother of two boys.

“You have to keep healthy things in the house and be a very positive force,” she said. “The biggest take-home is that you have to set an example. You’re the one with the wallet, not them.” She warns against feeding children anything with food dyes and artificial sweeteners, as they “have a really distinct reaction with the nervous system and the brain,” which can affect how a person thinks and feels.

Food aside, Petrucci brings a message of positivity to her patients in order to improve overall well-being.

“There is no upside to looking at the downside of anything,” she said. “Everything is about energy. Life is about energy. You have to keep your cells vibrating.”

By Matt Schickling
Wire Staff Writer