My stance on healthy eating is quite simple; I truly believe that we can be even happier and even healthier by following these cores of healthy eating while listening to our body’s personal response to food. Having your diet overseen by a dietician or a naturopathic doctor can ensure you are meeting requirements for commonly missed macronutrients like protein and vitamin and mineral intakes. If you are suffering from specific symptoms or chronic disease, your dietary intake needs will change slightly and seeing a medical professional is advised.
I urge you to get excited about food and colours and cooking. Starting your day with your hands on fresh fruits and vegetables is such a wonderful feeling. Peeking into your garbage can and seeing next to no plastic containers and labels, a sign that you’ve relinquished your dependence on processed foods, is quite the feat, and one that will pay off. Food is the original medicine and eating for emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health has the power to transform your life.
My cornerstones to healthy eating:
- Limit sugar; processed especially, but with natural sugars (fruit) in moderation.
- Cut out processed foods; Some people will include these foods as a treat, but if you ask me, a homemade chocolate chip cookie is much more of a treat than any bought from the aisles of the grocery store. Your tastebuds, body and mind can be retrained if you so desire, to crave whole, unprocessed foods.
- Choose whole foods, focus on colour and variety in fruits and vegetables; Naturopathic guidelines for vegetables suggest 7-10 servings per day (dark & leafy is best). It is possible!
- Make plant-based foods a priority; aim for some meatless meals everyday/week
- Get. Enough. Lean. Protein. And have some protein at each meal. Lean proteins are eggs, fish, chicken, turkey, or vegetarian sources.
- Focus on complex grains over processed, simple starches.
- Reduce plastics and chemical contamination of your food products.
**Where to get said whole foods? I really advocate for local farmer’s markets, where you can learn about the way the food is grown, usually from the farmers themselves. On the whole, I trust local family-run farms over large productive farms for finding fresh, nutrient-rich produce with limited pesticide and chemical residues.