Who here feels the same, over the fad diets, over working out calories, getting to a certain weight then it just stops and you cant loose anymore but still never feeling completely comfortable with your weight or not feeling energized?
If yes, this simple guide to holistic nutrition can help you get started on this journey just as it did my family and I.
So what is Holistic Nutrition?
Holistic Nutrition isn’t a diet, it just means eating the right foods and limiting the amount of the well not so good, full of sugar. I personally am not one for dieting and that’s not to say I’ve never tried them. I’ve tried shakes, weight watchers + other fad diets and that’s what they are FAD DIETS.
It’s not about being vegetarian, vegan, Keto diet etc, it’s about a well balanced diet, the right amount of each food group, mostly fruit and vegies and yes organic is best even though its also expensive but if you check out local farmers markets you can always find some great deals, I personally love going for a drive to Wetherill Park and having stroll through the local farmers there, their produce is fresh, home grown and their prices are great.
I am also a believer that we don’t need to cut out all the not so good food, our bodies do crave it but we just need to control it and consume it within reason. We need to treat ourselves every once in a while, we can’t be good all the time…
Yes, there are some medical reason as to why people need to avoid certain foods and stick to a certain diet or it can also be a personal choice to change your diet in ways such as becoming vegan or vegetarian.
Knowing what foods have the right nutrients, vitamins, fats, minerals, carbohydrates and proteins can get well a little much sometimes, me personally I could never really be bothered to read the backs of packaging telling you how much sugar etc is the food or drink, when it comes to anything say mathematical it just makes my head explode, so I don’t really bother working out the calories and sugar per serving let alone trying to work it out when using all fresh produce and cooking at home.
It’s not as simple as burning more calories than you take in. Overall body health improvement, as well as weight gain or loss, must be factored into the equation or you could be heading for health problems.
Correct nutrition can help to reduce the risk of a countless number of health-related problems, the most frightening of which are surely heart disease and cancer.
Proper nutrition, however, means eating many different foods, monitoring your consumption of certain food and beverage items, and rarely counting calories. Good diet offers balanced nutrition that reduces cholesterol, blood pressure, and helps with weight control.
To function properly, your body must have the correct combination of nutrients. Here are the most important ones:
They are the primary source of ammunition in your diet. The body uses carbohydrates to build glucose which can be used immediately or stored in your body for later. Too much glucose, however, is stored as fat. There are two types of carbohydrates – simple and complex. Sugars are simple carbohydrates. Starches and fibers are complex carbohydrates.
Proteins help your body build and maintain muscles and other tissues. They also function in the creation of hormones. Like carbohydrates, excess protein is stored as fat. Animal and vegetable are the two major sources of protein. Too much animal protein can cause high cholesterol, as it is high in saturated fat.
Strange as it may seem, fat is another nutrient your body requires. It comes in both saturated and unsaturated forms. Saturated fat puts you at risk of health problems. Unsaturated fat is healthy, but if it goes through any type of refinement process, it can become saturated fat.
These are also required nutrients. Different vitamins perform different tasks within the body. They can work with the metabolism to help with energy levels for any task you can think of that your body needs to perform. It has also been noted that certain vitamins can prevent disease.
For example, vitamins A, C, and E, also called antioxidants, can assist with the prevention of coronary artery disease by keeping build up from occurring on artery walls. Vitamin B-1 is needed for digestion and proper nervous system function. Vitamin B-2 is needed for normal cell growth. Vitamin B-3 helps to detoxify your body. Folic acid assists with the production of red blood cells. Vitamin D assists with the absorption of calcium. Vitamin K helps your blood clot.
Minerals and trace elements
Minerals and trace elements are used in many different body processes. Minerals like chlorine help make your digestive juices. Phosphorus helps build strong bones. Both can be found in the foods we consume, but with a trace element, your body just needs a tiny amount.
*Salt is one final nutrient your body requires. It’s recommended that we shouldn’t consume more than 2400 milligrams per day, though, as it might raise your blood pressure.
*These guidelines should hopefully help you to create a well-balanced, nutritional diet.
*First, try to consume two and a half cups of vegetables and two cups of fruit each day at a minimum amount. When making your selections for each day, be sure to choose a good variety.
*A good guide is to eat as many different colors as possible, as this will help you to select from all five vegetable subgroups at least four times per week.
*At least ¼ cup of whole grain products each day. At least half of our grain intake should be whole grain based.
*Fats should be in the form of unsaturated fats, as saturated fats can do much to damage your health.
*Fiber-rich fruits, vegetables, and whole grains should be a regular part of your diet as should potassium-richfoods.
*Alcoholic beverages should only be consumed in moderation.
*Excellent nutrition is the basis of a healthy diet. Having a diet that is varied and full of fresh food will ensure your body has the chance to get a good amount of nutrition.
“One thing that helped to get my boys on board with our new way of eating was to sit with them and in a table write out the colours of the rainbow and then got them to each write out the fruits and vegetables that they like for each colour (they had to pick at least one fruit + one vegetable for each colour”.
What are you eating each day to allow for good nutrition?
Is there any little tricks that you have picked up?
We’d love to know!
I will be regularly posting recipes, nutritional facts + other ideas.