It’s simple: when you eat whole foods being healthy and trim is not difficult.
Your body was meant to eat whole food. When you do not only will you enjoy the look, taste of food more, you will quickly see a huge difference to the health of your body and mind.
What are whole foods?
Whole foods are natural foods grown in nature that when eaten, still look as they did in nature or close to. Maximum nutrition is retained in the food due to minimal handling, preparation and processing.
Why eat whole foods?
Your body runs well on whole foods. Nature has designed our bodies to recognise whole foods and knows how to utilise these foods so that it can obtain the fibre, phytochemicals, flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that we need to nourish and heal our body.
Whole food diets can protect your body’s systems and lower your risk of modern diseases (heart/cardio vascular disease, diabetes, cancer).
In comparison, processed and manufactured food is not natural which means our body’s systems don’t know how to process the refined sugars, bad fats, chemical, preservatives and additives that they contain. These artificial (as opposed to natural) ingredients build up in and damage our organs, causing toxic overload and ultimately disease.
Processed foods contain little or no nutrients due to the processing methods used to prepare them and give them commercial appeal and perceived convenience. To compensate for the nutrients and fibre that has been removed from whole foods, chemicals, preservatives and other additives are used to add flavour, colour, sweetness and extend product shelf life.
It’s not hard to eat a whole food diet. Not that many generations ago, a whole food diet was all that was available. Sadly, for many food companies today, the focus is more often about financial return rather than providing highly nutritious food for its customers.
5 Simple ways to add whole foods to your diet are:
- Remove all processed, junk and packaged foods from your pantry and fridge.
2. Eliminate fizzy/soft/soda/sports drinks from your diet and replace with water.
3. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables at each meal. Start by having one meal a day that is full of leafy greens and at least one whole fruit snack. Next, have a serving of greens with every meal. This could mean a green juice with breakfast; a salad for lunch and a side salad with dinner.With each meal, increase the amount of vegetables you eat. Be sure to eat a variety of vegetables to not only give your body a wide variety of nutrients but to also to introduce your taste buds to new flavours and textures and your digestive system to new foods.
4. Snack on nuts and fruits rather than sugary, processed foods. Drink plenty of filtered water.
5. If you’re eating out, chose vegetable based dishes or salads filled with leafy greens and a variety of vegetables. If you chose to eat meat, select an entrée size serve of a lean cut and have it served with a large salad or a selection of vegetables so that the salad/vegetable portion is much larger than the meat portion.
Eliminating processed foods and eating whole foods is as simple as the next meal you eat. By removing junk foods, fast foods, fried foods, processed meats, white flour, sugars and bad fats from your diet and replacing them with fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and berries you will positively change your health and weight and you’ll love the way you look and feel.
Until next time, wishing you a delicious day filled with love, laughter, happiness AND whole food!