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What To Eat And Why

To change the way you are eating and change your life, you need to know what to eat and why. I believe nutrition can be a powerful tool in becoming the best version of yourself. Below are a few guidelines I aim to live by as much as possible. The changes I have made to my diet have vastly improved my health and well-being. They may do the same for you.

  1. Eat lots and lots of dark leafy green veggies. Greens are high in nutrients like calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. Eating green veggies has tremendous health benefits. Some of the benefits are alkalizing your body, blood purification, immune strengthening, increased circulation and improved digestion.
  2. Increase whole grains: Whole grains release sugar slowly into the bloodstream whereas refined grains can cause a rapid rise and then decline in blood sugar levels. It often provokes an exaggerated release of the hormone insulin to lower it. When this happens often, it can impair the body’s ability to maintain consistent blood sugar levels creating health problems in the long run.
  3. Satisfy your sweet cravings: We all crave the sweet stuff. By including more sweet flavors in your daily diet, you can reduce your sugar cravings. Add beets, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, turnips or other sweet veggies to your diet.
  4. Vary and experiment with your protein intake. Try out other sources of protein and cut down your intake of meat or fish. Supplement with beans, whole grains or eggs to create more variety in your diet.
  5. Juice it up! Making juices and smoothies is a great and efficient way to quickly get lots of healthy nutrients in your system. I cannot imagine life without my juicer.
  6. Choose healthy sugar alternatives. Cut down on sugar, especially white, refined sugar, as this can spike your blood sugar levels. Healthy alternatives are agave nectar, date sugar, raw honey, stevia and maple syrup.
  7. Cook your own food. Home-made is the best! When we cook our own food, we are in charge of what we put into our bodies. The food we cook for ourselves has a different energy than the food you buy in restaurants or stores. Instead of processed, ready-made meals and foods, use fresh and whole foods.
  8. Read food labels. If you buy processed, ready made foods, make sure you check the ingredient list. Buy organic whenever possible and only products with no more than 5 ingredients listed and only ingredients you understand. Food should contain foods only and not a lot of chemical crap that can do some serious damage to your body.
  9. Uncook! Increase the amount of raw foods in your diet. Eating raw foods helps to cleanse your system. Uncooked and unprocessed foods contain vital enzymes that get lost in cooking. Your body can more easily absorb nutrients from raw foods.
  10. Drink more water. Water is an essential part of who we are. It’s 75% of our body. To stay hydrated throughout our day it’s essential to drink lots of water. Make sure you drink the real thing. Tea or coffee or flavored water can actually dehydrate your body.
  11. Go dairy-free. Decrease your dairy intake. A high intake of dairy products has been related to increased risk of several chronic diseases, such as diabetes, osteoporosis, some cancers and cardiovascular disease. There are many great dairy-free options out there, such as almond milk, rice or coconut milk.
  12. Eat local, seasonal food. Eat closer to the source. Local food tends to be higher in nutrients than foods that are flown in from afar. It’s simply fresher. Eating local also support local business and reduces your carbon-foot print placing less of a strain on the environment.
  13. Eat less gluten. Everybody responds differently to gluten. Although I love bread or an Italian pasta, I also know that eating gluten gives me stomach problems and makes me feel tired and even irritated. A lot of people are suffering from digestive problems due to sensitivity to gluten. You might want to try and see how it affects you by eliminating it from your diet for a while.
  14. Decaffeinate. I love coffee but I know it drains my adrenals and makes me more fatigued in the long run. It makes me hyperactive and affects my sleep. Plus the boost I get from coffee prevents me from listening to what my body really needs. Cut down on coffee or eliminate it completely. Great alternatives to coffee are simply drinking more water or black, green or white tea or herbal coffees. If you want the boost of a cup of coffee, eating raw chocolate works miracles for me.
  15. Most importantly, don’t take yourself too seriously! Get over yourself and don’t be a pain in the ass with friends and family when they invite you over for dinner by giving them long lists of what you don’t eat. Don’t tell them off when they are drinking a soda or ordering something in a restaurant that does agree with you. And have fun, enjoy! Give yourself some slack here and there. I make sure I live healthy and eat healthy most of the time but I also give myself the opportunity to indulge.


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