We are all familiar with the saying “you are what you eat” and I believe it is a phrase that is more important now than ever. For many of us, we are only concerned with what we eat in because it has an impact on our weight but what we eat and the choices we make have a much bigger impact. Our body is an amazing machine that requires the right nutrients in order to support it to function to the best of its ability. So many of the choices that we make around what we eat and drink are made from a place of what we see as “good or bad” but this is usually only based on what impact we think it will have on how we look. Here are a few of my main pieces of nutritional advice.
Count chemicals, not Calories: this is something that I adapted for myself many years ago and the impact on my health but also on my weight has been very significant. When we eat a diet that is filled with lots of processed foods, even those that contain the wording “low fat” or “low sugar” or Diet we are putting our body under pressure to be able to break down the processed ingredients that are contained within, this has an effect on the many different systems in the body and so they are unable to function to their optimum level.
Pro-biotics & Gut Bacteria: For a number of years we have been obsessed with ways of killing bacteria, either to preserve food or to keep away harmful germs, as a result, we have become too clean and the delicate balance of our gut microbiome has been challenged. The huge impact of this is something that is really only being discovered but if you want to improve your overall health and well-being and that of our family I highly recommend checking out some information on pro-biotics and fermented foods.
Water: A simple one but always worth reminding ourselves how important it is. The amount of water needed by each person will be different, one of the best ways of knowing if you are getting enough water is to check your urine, it should be pretty clear and odourless.
Eat seasonally: We can pretty much eat the same food all year round but at different times of the year we need different nutrients when we eat foods that are in season we are giving our body what it needs but when foods are in season they are also usually cheaper to produce and so they are more affordable.
Balance: For me, eating is all about balance, we all know that depriving ourselves of something means we want it more. Applying the 80/20 rule works best for me.
Changing what you want: I often use the phrase you can eat anything you want; it’s changing what you want that is key. When we eat with the focus on nourishing our bodies because we want them to be healthier we usually find it easier to make healthier choices. Also educating yourself on the ingredients in your food and how it is produced is one way of making sure that you only eat stuff that is good for your health.
Go Organic: linking in with eating seasonally and counting chemicals, not calories. Many will say that the nutritional value isn’t any different but organic food is grown/produced without pesticides and many other chemicals that can put our organs and systems under pressure. I believe it really is a better choice it's possible all of the time as it can be expensive however there are ways of making it more affordable.
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