5 Steps Toward Better Health
1. Eat whole, real, fresh, local or organic, unprocessed food. If it comes in a box, a package, or a can, try to avoid it. If you choose to buy prepackaged foods, read the labels, choose foods with the least ingredients and words you can pronounce.
2. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables with all the colours. Each colour of whole food contains a unique set of nutrients for our body. We need the variety to make sure our bodies are getting the nutrients we need. Plants contain phytonutrients which can help protect the plant and in turn help us stay healthy.
3. Eat foods with plenty of fibre. Fibre helps normalize our digestive function and slows the absorption of sugar and fats into the body. Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and millet, fruits and vegetables like celery, asparagus, and berries. With the increase in fibre we need to increase water as well to keep our elimination regular.
4. Include healthy fats and adequate protein in your diet. Especially foods containing omega3 fats. Healthy fats and protein are essential for building every cell in your body. 60% of the brain is made of fat, it insulates and protects our organs and helps absorb and transport fat soluble vitamins. Protein is a component of every cell; hair, skin, muscle tissue, bone and blood. It is important for growth and development and to perform basic bodily functions as protein makes enzymes that do specific jobs in the body.
5. Be mindful. Make nutrition a priority, don’t skip meals or eat on the run. Chew and enjoy your food. Stress can cause the digestive system to shut down and direct focus elsewhere, the fight or flight response. Continued stress can mean we’re not absorbing nutrients in our food properly and can lead to digestive distress. Even taking 3 breaths before a meal can help our digestive system.