General Nutritional Guidelines
10 key steps to eating healthy include small and simple steps we can take with our diet that can help us feel more alive with energy and life. Whole, unprocessed food provides our bodies with the nutrients it requires to function at its best for the healthiest life possible.
10 Key Steps to Eating Healthy
1. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables is included in the key steps to eating healthy. Try to eat 7 serves of different fruits and vegetables each day and aim for 40 or more different plant foods each week. This includes nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, and healthy seed grains like quinoa and buckwheat. The more plant food variety we have in our diet, the better the health of the microbiome, and the more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals we have to keep our cells fully functioning. Eat fresh organic produce as much as possible.
If you can’t afford organic foods then wash your fruit and vegetables well with a fruit and veggie wash or scrub with water and vinegar to remove the pesticide residue. Testing has shown that organic foods are more than 50 times higher in vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants’. Eat mostly raw or lightly cooked vegetables.
Either eat raw or steam, aiming to maintain the crispiness and color. When the weather is cooler, it is important to include more cooked foods as raw foods are very cooling on the body and can cause fatigue.
2. Eat wholegrain grains and cereals. If you want to eat bread, limit to 1-2 slices per day and make sure they are whole and unprocessed such as rye, spelt, Kamut, and pumpernickel bread. Try using brown rice or quinoa instead of refined white rice or cook half and half. Eat cereals made from whole grains, nuts, and seeds, high in fiber, and no added sugar.
3. Include a variety of lean meat, fish, poultry, or vegetarian alternatives in your steps to eating healthy. Free-range, grass-fed meat is more nutrient-dense and better tasting. Free-range roaming chickens are healthier as they are lower or free from chemicals. Eat large ocean fish only 1-2 per week (as they can accumulate toxins and heavy metals), focus more on smaller fish such as mackerel and herring 3-4 times per week. Include at least 5 vegetarian meals per week eg quiche, veggie burgers, quinoa salad/bake. Choose organic animal foods as much as possible as it will be free from chemicals.
4. Dairy foods and alternatives (optional) a Use natural yogurts with probiotics eg vaalia (not Yakult, too much sugar), you can add the fruit yourself if you want, for flavor. When selecting soy milk choose those made from non-GM, whole soya beans, and use in moderation. If you don’t have an intolerance to dairy small amounts of milk, cheese and yogurt are okay in your diet.
If you do have an intolerance to dairy substitutes with goat’s milk, coconut milk, calcium-fortified soy, and rice milk, or nut and seed milk e.g. almond and oat milk.
5. Drink plenty of water. Water is required to keep your body hydrated and to flush water-soluble toxins from the body.
You should drink at least 3 liters of filtered water each day, plus an extra half to one liter for every hour of exercise/heavy sweating.
Water keeps our cells healthy and fluid, which means nutrients can enter efficiently and waste products can leave the cell properly.
Keeping hydrated also helps with brain function and hormonal balance and protects our kidneys.
Filtered water is a better option to reduce the exposure to chemicals that are often added to our water.
These chemicals in the water can bind to vitamins and minerals in our blood and excrete them, which can lead to deficiencies.
6. Limit unhealthy fats including foods that have been deep-fried, a packet of chips, cheap chocolate, vegetable oils such as canola, and rice bran.
7. Use healthy oils every day. Use cold-pressed virgin olive oil or coconut oil for cooking. Flaxseed, avocado, and nut oils make great oils for salad dressing, these oils can’t be heated. Increase intake of Omega 3 oils eg fish oils, flaxseed oil, hemp seed oil, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. Add the oils to your breakfast, salads, veggies.
Omega 3 fats are important for hormones and brain, skin, and User health and are naturally anti-inflammatory.
8. Limit alcohol intake. Studies have found that no amount of alcohol is actually okay for the body. If you would like to enjoy alcohol, limit your intake to 3-4 standard drinks/week.
9. Divide your meal up to get a balance of macronutrients. Divide your plate with a palm-sized portion of protein plus 3 handfuls of vegetables or salads. If you want a larger meal, add more vegetables.
A vegetarian meal could include a combination of eggs, beans, nuts, seeds, lentils, chickpeas, tofu, tempeh, cheese, grains, seaweed, sprouts, quinoa, hummus, and miso as well as vegetable and salads.
10. Eat small and regular meals if you have a blood sugar issue. If you get dizzy or irritable between meals try eating more fat and fewer carbohydrates such as potato, rice, pasta, cereals. Eat 4-6 small meals rather than 2-3 large meals. When we eat more fat, fewer carbohydrates, and moderate protein, we should be able to go from one meal to the next without snacking. This is a sign of a good blood sugar balance.
Other Steps To Include In Eating Healthy
11. Food breaks. Ideally, our bodies need 3-4 hours break between meals and 3-4 hours break between dinner and bed. Studies show this improves sleep, mood, digestive capacity, immunity, and general wellbeing.
12. Minimize your toxic load a toxins/chemicals in our environment, in our food and drink and what we put on our body affects our hormones, the quality of our cells (therefore our whole body), and can compromise our energy, focus, and mood. Take care to choose chemical-free shampoo, toothpaste, and moisturizer in particular.
When our skin is hot ie in the shower and we create friction ie brushing our teeth, our pores are more open and can more readily absorb toxins. You can start by replacing 1 item at a time as you finish with them. Also, avoid heating food in plastic as when it is warm, the plastic will release hormone-disrupting chemicals into the food. Try heating in glass containers.
13. Detox! Everybody needs a cleanse and detox 1 -2 times per year to keep our body healthy and clean so we can lead the best life possible.
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