Eat Like A Nutritionist: 12 Dietary Habits That Can Radically Change Your Health
As a health and wellness coach who has a big focus on nutrition, food is a pretty big deal to me. And I love food. I love great tasting, healthy food and I always feel that we should enjoy what we eat.
Creating great dietary habits can heal you of your ills, prevent new ones from setting in and set you up for magnificent longevity.
Here are 12 dietary habits that can radically change your health:
- Eat a good source of protein with breakfast. Starting your day with protein sets up your energy, fills you up and can actually help you lose weight. Plus, who doesn’t love bacon? Although you can get your protein sources from meatless foods as well such as hemp powder in a protein shake or making a hot quinoa bowl with cinnamon and a dash of maple syrup. But I’ll take some bacon on the side, please.
- Aim to drink a minimum of 2 liters of filtered water a day. If you’re really active, it should look more like 3 liters of water. Water hydrates your body, cleans your cells and your liver, and keeps you focused. Adding a ½ a lemon to your water packs an even bigger punch by clearing mucus out of your digestive tract and balancing your pH levels.
- Eat greens with at least 2 of your meals. Green vegetables are powerhouses of nutrients, detoxifiers, give us fiber and are full of chlorophyll.
- Forget anything that says “low fat.” Anything that says ‘low fat’ needs to compensate for flavour (because fat tastes so good) with added sugar. We need fat for our brains, to lower inflammation and for energy. The best sources of fat are omega 3’s, from sources like salmon and cod liver oil; olive oil; butter; animal fat; avocados and full fat dairy. Forget the margarine, vegetable oils and all trans fats.
- Have some berries. Berries are full of phytonutrients which may enhance immunity and intercellular communication, repair DNA damage from exposure to toxins, detoxify carcinogens and alter estrogen metabolism. Oh…is that all?
- Kick out the GMO’s. An extensive study conducted by a team of scientists in France have conclusively determined that, over time, GMO’s will cause cancer. Enough said. Do your research on these foods that mainly include corn, soy, canola, cotton and sugar beets. These foods are in most packaged food…which takes me to number 7!
- Skip the packaged foods! Packaged or boxed food is not actually food. Dr. Alejandro Junger coined the phrase, “food-like products” to describe these processed, packaged foods. They masquerade as food, kind of taste like food, but aren’t real foods. They are manufactured in food plants and our bodies don’t recognize a good portion of what’s in them.
- Just eat REAL food! Here’s a good rule of thumb: If it grows on a tree, sprouts up from the ground or has a mother (sorry to my vegetarian friends), than eat it. If it contains ingredients with names you can’t pronounce, don’t.
- If you’re going to eat sugar (and I would recommend that you don’t) than eat real sugar. Leave out the aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, and other fake sugars. These neurotoxins are addictive, will actually initiate weight gain and confuse your metabolism. And there are studies linking artificial sweeteners to cancer.
- Avoid eating out as much as possible. Restaurant food, while convenient, uses pro-inflammatory oils (omega 6 vegetable oils) in large amounts, and the food often lacks fresh ingredients and is often pre-frozen or improperly prepared. Cooking your own food will save you money and ensure that you know where your food has come from. Cooking for yourself allows you to prepare exactly what you want and to utilize fresh ingredients. It will most certainly be better and tastier than anything you can get in a restaurant.
- Try a week or two without gluten and dairy. See if you feel less bloated and more alert. See if your skin looks different. A week or two out of your life won’t kill you.
- Consider adopting a low-carb diet. Skip the muffin for breakfast and the sandwich for lunch. Instead, add in more protein and fat. I dare those 10 lbs to stick around after a few weeks of this.
Little changes can add up to big results. In fact, little changes can change your life. Be willing to try out some new routines with your diet. You don’t have to go crazy or spend huge amounts of time on food.
You might find little bodily annoyances clear up. You might find something major changes or heals. Be willing to give this a try and see how you feel!
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