Building a Healthy You
Building a healthy diet can seem like a daunting task. There are so many schools of thought out there. How do you know which one to follow? It's overwhelming!! You can find information to back whatever plan or ideology you want. You really need to take the responsibility of knowing that you are in charge of your own diet. Your health is in your hands. The food we eat is one small part of what we CAN control in regards to our health. You are worth eating well for.
Every single person is going to have different dietary needs. We all have different biochemical makeup. We have different activity levels. We have different likes. We have different foods available to us throughout the year. What I am going to present here are foundations of what I perceive to be a healthy diet. I am not going to lay out exact amounts because I don't believe we should spend our lives counting calories, counting macros, or stressing about food. Food should be celebrated rather than vilified. Food is your friend not your enemy. I believe food has the power to heal. A healthy diet doesn't mean depriving yourself of flavor or decadence. I invite you to keep an open mind and let go of the notion that a healthy diet means restraint and deprivation.
There are three concepts I want you to keep in mind when you are looking at food options.
Natural - meaning unprocessed, unrefined foods like whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, whole muscle meats, nuts and seeds
Good quality- meaning food grown in rich soils free of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers (organic foods)
Live- meaning foods that still contain active enzymes like fresh fruits and vegetables
When you choose to eat REAL food your body will respond. We were not meant to eat "franken" foods. We were not meant to eat junk/fast food. Our bodies were meant to eat foods that have carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fiber. Each macro and micro nutrient has a purpose. Their purpose is to help keep our bodies running. To keep homeostasis.
For tips on how to add whole foods into your diet click here- WHOLE FOODS
Not every persons plate will look the same using these three concepts. Some people need more protein than others. Some need more complex carbohydrates. Some people need more cooked foods due to intestinal issues. Some people eat meat, some people don't. To learn more about your personal dietary needs please email me and we can book an appointment to start that conversation.
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Here are a few more tips to help build a healthy YOU.
Save money by buying in season fruits and vegetables. Buying items that are local to your area is also beneficial on your pocketbook ( and the environment!)
Grow your own food. Starting a garden is a great way to gain control of what is being sprayed on your food. It is also meditative and a workout.
Try ethnic dishes. Ethnic dishes are great for using lots of natural foods and various spices and herbs. Some of my favorites are Thai and Indian. Ethnic dishes are proof that eating healthy doesn't have to compromise flavor.
Use mindfulness techniques to choose what foods are best for you and detect when you are full. Check out my mindfulness tips here -Mindfulness tips
Learn some basic ( or advanced) cooking skills. These may be learned from a class, friend, online, or book. Learning the why and how behind how flavors work is so beneficial. It really opens up creativity in the kitchen.
Munch on REAL food while snacking. Fresh fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds make great quick snacks. We do a lot of damage to our health by mindless snacking on junk foods.
Drink plenty of water. Aim for half your body weight in ounces daily.
Eat the rainbow. When building a meal try and add in foods of varying colors. This will not only give you a wider range of nutrients but also antioxidants and visual flare.
Eat often. Try and eat a meal or snack every 3-4 hours. This will help keep your metabolism up and keep blood sugars stable.
Eat until you are satisfied but not full.
Use proper food combining to help with digestion and elimination. Check out proper food combing rules here- Proper Food Combining