Eating has become over-complicated with so many different “diets”. Moving away from being contained to a diet category such as keto, vegan, paleo, etc…. Here are three easy ways to get better nutrition for your health and wellbeing.
Eat Food, Not Products
Take note of what is in your cupboards and refrigerator? Are most things in packaging with ingredient labels? A majority of the food that is in packages are processed foods, such as cakes, frozen dinners, white bread, crisps, etc. These processed foods contain high amounts of sodium, sugar, fat, additives and chemical preservatives. Not to mention, they are highly addictive and can be harmful to your health.
Transitioning from eating processed foods to whole foods is one way to rejuvenate and heal your body from the inside out. Providing you with more energy, better skin, vitality and the list goes on.
Whole foods are foods that are as close to their original form as possible, such as fresh fruits and vegetables. These foods are naturally nutrient dense and full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and macronutrients.
Tip – A simple way to assess if a food is processed or whole food is ask yourself, “did this come out of the ground or directly from nature?” If the answer is ‘yes’ then you are on the right track – it will most likely be a whole food.
Eat the Rainbow
It’s easy to settle on a handful of fresh fruits and vegetables that you and your family enjoy, but diversity is just as important as quantity when it comes to vegetable intake, gut health, and overall wellness.
Fresh fruits & veggies, whole grains, herbs & spices, legumes, nuts & seeds — they are all jam-packed with phytonutrients…and they come in a whole host of different colours. The colours of the rainbow is what we are looking to consume.
To optimize your health, it’s super important to eat fresh foods of various colours every day. If you shoot for 1-2 servings of different coloured vegetables every day (the darker the better), by the end of the week you may just be closer to 30 different types then you ever thought possible!
Tip – Each week aim for 1-2 servings of a different coloured whole foods every day!
Drink more water
The adult human body is 55% to 60% water. Water balances our blood sugar by helping to decrease cravings and increase energy. It helps flush out and rid the body of nasty toxins and waste. Creating space to carry nutrients to your cells.
Warning signs that you may be dehydrated include:
● Urinating dark urine or not urinating at all
● Feeling dizzy
● Rapid breathing
● Rapid heartbeat
● Very dry skin
● Lethargy or lack of energy
● Mental fogginess
Tip – Keep a large water jug at your desk with fresh mint, cucumber or lemon. Refill your cup throughout the day to stay hydrated!
3 Easy Ways to Get Better Nutrition — Corporate Health, Workplace Wellness & Wellbeing is written by Amanda McMillan for www.wellineux.com