We live in world where everyday new advice is being flung at you about what you should and should not be eating. Often times what is deemed healthy and good for you one day is deemed the culprit the next. A new book comes out on the latest hype and rakes in the dough while the rest of us are left with confused, undernourished bodies. There is a difference in being full and being nourished. The time is now to say goodbye to fad diets and hello to a healthy nutritional lifestyle. I’m not promoting a one size fits everyone diet, but that you simply crowd out the unhealthy options with the following nourishing choices. By doing this a little each day you will eventually feel the changes your body craves as it goes down the path to lifelong health. Here are my suggested favorite foods to fuel your body with (please exclude any you are allergic to or have had previous adverse experiences). Most of these are obvious and I hope to simply inspire you to do what you already know you should be doing!
· Avocados-heart healthy monounsaturated fat
· Agave nectar-replace your daily sugar needs with this low glycemic index sweetener
· Beans-low-fat protein and full of B vitamins, iron, folate and fiber
· Blueberries-full of nutrients/phytonutrients fiber, Vitamins C and E, (of course include other berries and fruits daily…these little guys are simply powerpacked!)
· Oats-Whole not instant! High fiber, protein, zinc, selenium, potassium
· Quinoa and Brown Rice- High fiber and protein for slow release energy.
· Kale , Spinach or Other Leafy Greens- multiple nutrients/phytonutrients, plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, minerals such as calcium, iron and magnesium
· Nuts and seeds- walnuts, almonds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds to name a few (avoid deep-fried, heavily salted types) Natures natural life-giving packet. Seeds are the birthplace of the plant and contain all the proteins, nutrients and calories that a new plant would need. How wonderful to nourish your body with these!
· Onions and garlic-have antibacterial properties within the body to help fight disease as well as aid in the growth of good bacteria in your tummy!
And don’t forget SEA VEGGIES like Dulse, Kombu, Nori, and Wakame. These are high in calcium, niacin, thiamine and B vitamins (even B12)! Sprinkle them on your salads or in your soups. Wrap up your fresh veggies and Quinoa in the Nori for a creative lunch treat!
In general, we all know that it’s important to eat more vibrant fruits and veggies, complex carbohydrates through grains or beans and increase our heart healthy fats so our bodies can synthesize the nutrients we take in properly and our brain can function with ease. These suggestions are only the tip of the list for life long nourishing changes you can make that will nourish your body and help you say goodbye to fad diets. Don’t worry, tomorrow the next best seller will be out on the market, promoting what you should be eating, but you will be way ahead of the game by sticking with the proven winners listed here.