Our bodies have all the mechanisms they need to provide us with optimal health as long as the systems have the right inputs. That is why our approach to wellness starts with food. Our bodies can synthesize some nutrients, sure, but the vast majority of them need to come from our diets. Without these nutrients, our body’s can’t perform the way they were intended. Unfortunately, our modern diets don’t provide the wide variety of nutrients we need and thus we start losing our vitality, gaining weight, losing concentration and energy, getting sick, getting burnt out, and more.
The basic principles to eat by are:
- Choose Nutrient-Dense foods
- Elevate your Digestion & Elimination
- Balance your Blood Sugar
- Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
- Mind Your Minerals
- Savor the Fats
Because just discussing food wouldn’t be holistic, the 7th principle is lifestyle.
In the guide, I share things to consider when choosing to make these a priority along with some tips to enhance your wellness following these principles.
Here’s a quick overview:
Choosing nutrient-dense, whole foods will ensure your body gets the most out of the food you put into it without sacrificing wellness with foods that are empty calories or full of chemicals.
Digestion is a north to south process, this means it starts in your brain. Get the most out of your food by making sure your mealtime is set aside for eating and enjoying your food. Leave your work and phones at your desk.
Blood sugar imbalance can lead to many other problems such as living meal to meal, needing afternoon pick-me-ups, increased cortisol, poor sleep and so much more. Eat meals with a balance of protein, fat, and, yes, carbohydrates, too, most of us do need those for energy. It wouldn’t hurt to take a ten min walk after your heaviest meals to help your body balance the influx of nutrients and sugars.
Fats are also known as lipids. In the body, lipids make up a critical component of every cell membrane. The cellular membranes maintain the integrity of the cell and control the movement of necessary nutrients into and out of the cell. Fats also play crucial roles in inflammation and anti-inflammation. It is important to choose clean, less processed versions to ensure the best quality for your cells.
Minerals cannot be produced by our bodies, we must get them from food. There are 18 out of more than 100 known minerals that are necessary for the body. Minerals also make up what are commonly called electrolytes. These help us absorb and use water more effectively.
The big components of lifestyle that can make or break your health are sleep, stress, and movement. It is important to prioritize sleep, develop strategies for stress management that work for you, and get in some movement daily (vacuuming the house counts!).
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