Every person has his or her own relationship to food. Food is something we all must have a relationship with because it fuels life. Whatever your current relationship with food is I would encourage you today to either continue with your healthy eating habits or to begin forming them! Here are several reasons why most people want to eat healthy:
Whatever your reason for eating healthy might be today I have 5 tips to get you moving in the right direction. These are solid (never going-out of style) tips that you can count on!
Staying well hydrated is so important for overall health and aiding in digestive health. Our cells need water to function properly. Equate drinking water to a nice afternoon rain. The rain covers the earth and rehydrates in ground giving it new life. Water does the same thing for us when we drink it. Without water we would not live long. It has been a priority for all humans throughout the ages. Water is the most essential nutrient of all. A good practice is to #1) filter your water and #2) begin each morning with a big glass of pure water. It will wake your body up instantly. Remember, the best source of water is simply water. While other drinks can hydrate you they simply are not water! Drink your water.
Gluten, dairy, and soy are common food allergies. Going gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free for some will greatly reduce their risk of food allergies and aid in healing the gut. Read what I wrote about grains/gluten here, dairy here, and soy here. This might not be the case for everyone. Some have even more food allergies and digestive issues, while some do very well on various foods that include the above foods. It’s an individual thing. So investigate your own. If a person sticks to real food such as pastured/wild caught meats, healthy fats, vegetables, and fruits they will be nourishing their cells incredibly well.
Sugar is everywhere now. Most added sugars come from processed and prepared foods. We also at times add sugar to our own food. Two of the main culprits in the Western diet include soft drinks and cereals. What we truly need is less added sugar and more nutrition. Sugar is not “evil” but it absolutely needs boundaries set on it to keep it healthy. The problem is that we eat way too much of it.
A note on sugar quality: there are some differences in the types of sugars we eat, but we still have to limit the amount regardless of type! HFCS and white table sugar are processed and very harmful to the body. This is why when I do coach people on limiting their sugar intake I also teach them to look for healthier sugar alternatives to eat in moderation. This is because I live in the real world, and I know people will still eat sugar here and there. Better types include: raw organic honey, organic maple syrup, and molasses. Believe it or not these actually contain trace minerals (calcium, iron, zinc, potassium , and manganese) that are not found in processed sugar. Quality matters when it comes to what foods you choose to eat. However, it is important to remember that even though these healthier sugars contain trace minerals they are still very nutrient poor when compared to other wholesome foods.
Here are some of the ways sugar damages our amazing bodies:
If you want to learn even more watch this video.
Yes, I’m talking those beautiful fruits and vegetables. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber. They come packed perfectly from nature with the proper enzymes included for proper digestion. Fill your plate up with these guys. Top them with healthy fats such as grass-fed butter, ghee, animal fats, or coconut oil to aid in absorption and taste. Lastly, choose to eat more vegetables than fruits due to the high sugar content in most fruits and the effect that plays on your blood sugar.
It’s not gross I promise. The fermented “stuff” feeds your healthy gut bacteria which aids in your overall health. Did you know that the gut has been called the “mother of the body”? It feeds everything in your body from the brain to the skin. What you feed your micro-biome in turn feeds you. Once again, we are what we eat. So go for the fermented stuff such as: raw sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, kefir or grass-fed yogurt (if tolerated), or other fermented vegetables. Shout out to our favorite kombucha —> Live Kombucha Soda. Because you rock!
There you have. Eat Real food!