We get bombarded with information, and sometimes misinformation, on so many topics that it can get completely overwhelming. This is true more than ever when it comes to diet. Every year there seems to be a new "fad" that comes out that claiming to be the "best diet". The South Beach, Atkins, the grapefruit diet, blood type diet, alkaline diet, and the list goes on and on. It is hard to know what to believe. There are great ideas and parts to many of these diets, but they are for sure not one size fits all.
Get Back To Basics
A healthy diet does not have to be confusing and complicated, it is actually quite simple.
Here are a few simple rules to live by when choosing a healthy diet to live by.
1. Eat more plant-based food: Most people do not get enough nutrients from fruit and vegetables in their diet. Aim to eat AT LEAST 5 servings of fruit and vegetables daily. Eat more vegetables than fruit (less sugar), but feel free to enjoy some fruit as well.
2. Eat plenty of Healthy Fat: Fat is not the enemy as you were told for many years. Healthy fats like Avocado, olive oil, coconut oil, and raw nuts are full of nutrients and give you lasting energy for the day.
3. Put Down the Box: Virtually anything that you can buy in a box is likely not a good option. Box food is high in preservatives, chemicals, and in many cases sugar. Eat whole foods whenever possible, and stay out of those center aisles at the grocery store!
4. Avoid Refined Grains and Sugars: When ground down into flour, grains act like sugar in your body. Sugar triggers weight gain, lead to blood-sugar imbalances, and cause deadly inflammation that can lead to a variety of sickness and disease. Keep your consumption of these products to a minimum.
5. Don't Drink You Calories: Staying well hydrated with plenty of water is very important. Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ needs ample water to survive and work correctly. Stay away from sugary drinks and those with artificial flavors. Keep caffeine consumption to a minimum as this will further dehydrate you.
6. Eat Organic When Available: Food is more toxic now than ever, and the worst culprit are meats. If you only have the means to purchase 1 thing organic, make it chicken and beef. Vegetables and fruit can be harmful as well, but some are worse than others.
Here is a link to the "Dirty Dozen", a list of the least and most contaminated fruits and vegetables.
It Doesn't Have To Be Torture
In closing, remember change doesn't always come easy. When you have developed habits of eating a certain way, changing that can be clunky and take a lot of effort. Be patient, because once you work through that, eating well will be something you enjoy. Does this mean you can never have a piece of birthday cake or a piece of pizza again? Of course not. But it does mean it shouldn't be a staple to your diet. As your diet changes, so will your taste buds and your desire for certain foods. Start making the shift TODAY!
Combined with regular exercise, and keeping your spine and nervous system healthy, a healthy diet can help you live a long and healthy life. Start living the healthy life you have always dreamed of!
LIVE well. BE well.
P.S. Don't forget to check out this link to the "Dirty Dozen", a list of the least and most contaminated fruits and vegetables. You might even want to print it out, and bring a copy with you the next time you go grocery shopping.