Kick off your new year right! My next 8 posts will empower you with everything you need to know for optimal weight and wellness for 2017 and every year moving forward. Before I begin with the first foundation, I would like you to understand the body is an amazing vehicle of innate processes. Just like a car, if we take care of it and provide it with the proper fuel and service, it will look great, run smoothly and last. Just as a car needs gas, oil and service so does the human body. We must support our bodies with the essential nutrients needed to support healthy systems and organs and processes. Please note that essential nutrients are essential for life. Without them, the body cannot function properly. Just as putting the wrong kind of gasoline in your car effects the transmission, fueling the body with the SAD – Standard American Diet – does not provide the nutrition needed to sustain a healthy body and will eventually result in disease. Within my next 8 posts, you will understand why. Although the information may make you feel as if you have no control over your diet, you do have complete control and it is quite simple once you understand what is going on. Nutrient dense foods are easier and easier to find and inexpensive. And when you do stray and toxins enter the body, they can all be removed with cleansing regularly.
The first foundation for optimal weight and Wellness is Diet.
Diet is our input and it should be nutrient dense and CLEAN. Unfortunately, our soil is depleted of nutrients from poor farming practices, use of herbicides and pesticides, and genetically modified seeds. And even worse, toxic. And over time, toxins cause inflammation which is the premise of all dis-ease. Foods that you generally see in traditional grocery stores (unless organic) have been processed, have additives, coloring’s, trans-fats, chemicals, and are most often have sugar added. I hear very often from patients, “I eat whole foods and eat very healthy”. Buying a whole food at a traditional grocery store does not equate to a healthy food. Unless organic, a whole vegetable is often grown with genetically modified seeds and then plant is sprayed with glyphosate (Round-Up) a deadly herbicide (banned in many countries) used to kill the weeds around the food/plant. We will discuss toxins and inflammation within Foundations 4 and 8 posts. Some things to consider when choosing your food:
1. A nutrient dense whole food diet is the best for optimal health.
2. When selecting food, think variety, think locally and think seasonally.
3. Avoid refined and hydrogenated vegetable oils.
4. Avoid refined sugar and corn syrup.
5. Avoid white flour products.
6. Avoid Canned Foods.
7. Ultra-Pasteurized, homogenized, skim and low-fat milk (has no nutrition in it, it has been boiled out for extended periods of time).
8. Avoid artificial vitamins – you may think the supplement you are buying is helping you but if it is fractioned/synthetic, it can be quite harmful.
9. Avoid Toxic additives and coloring’s.
10 Avoid refined table salt – use sea salt.
11. Eat foods rich in Vitamins A, D, E and K – fat soluble vitamins and have tremendous amount of life sustaining properties. Vitamin A is required for a healthy immune system, vision, growth and reproduction. Vitamin D regulates mineral balance in the body which is necessary for building strong teeth and bones. Vitamin E is an important lipid antioxidant, and 13. Vitamin K is required for blood clotting.
12. The Myths of Foods that have Vitamin A – FDA says there is Vitamin A in vegetables – False. There are carotene’s in vegetables which convert to vitamin A if the person can make the conversion, children cannot. Vitamin A is found in animal meats and products.
13. The Myths on Fats – Fat does not make you fat and it does not promote disease. Fat is instrumental in long-term energy, shuttles toxins and much more.
When sitting down for each of your meals, try to include 30% healthy fats (which we will look at precisely in Foundation 4 post), 30% protein (from animal products) and 40% complex carbohydrates (from fruits and vegetables). Fruits should be eaten between meals as they create an acidic environment and affect your pH and absorption. They are great snacks!
Anyone who would like to delve into the topic of Diet deeper, please schedule yourself into my calendar on my website for a FREE, half hour, on-line consultation www.WholeHealthyLiving.com. Please look for Foundation 2 next Saturday – Digestion, Elimination and Absorption.