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When I first began researching dieting and nutrition, it was a little overwhelming.  Okay, very overwhelming.  There were so many conflicting messages like you should have three servings of milk a day versus you should not drink milk at all.  What I’ve learned from school, speaking to friends and family, and through research, is that there is no one diet that works for every one.  Each of us are unique individuals with different make-up, genetics, workout styles, etc.  The main thing is to really listen to your body and remember moderation.  Here is a quick list of what I found repeatedly in magazines, journals, and books on nutrition.

  • Eat whole foods.  No preservatives.  No pesticides.  Organic whole food.
  • Hydrate.  Try water, tea, water w/vinegar, water w/lemon, etc.
  • Drink water.  At least 8 glasses.  The more raw fruits and vegetables you eat, the less water you have to drink.  Conversely, cooked food dehydrates the body.
  • Keep salt intake low.  No table salt.  Sea salt is actually good for you!  Use it but in lower quantities.
  • Eat green, green, green!!!  Green leafy vegetables are  natural detoxifiers and increase your blood’s electricity.
  • Eat less meat.  It’s harder for your body to digest and it adds toxins to the body.  If it’s not organic, it contains steroids and hormones.  Nuts, Hemp seeds, and other foods are a great source of protein.
  • Eat less dairy.  It’s mucous forming and hard to digest. Leafy green veggies and other alternatives contain plenty of calcium.
  • Reduce sugar intake.  It’s addictive and increases cravings for other foods.  Use sweeteners such as agave or Stevia. Try eating fruit or raw chocolate if you have a sweet craving.
  • Don’t drink and eat at the same time.  Liquids dilute the nutrients in your food.  Drink 30 minutes before you eat or 2 hours after you eat.  Consider drinking room temperature liquids to avoid disrupting your friendly bacteria.
  • Chew your food 25 times before swallowing.  It helps the food digest faster.  Undigested foods can begin to ferment in the body.
  • Eat raw whole foods when possible.  Enzymes are found in raw foods but die when foods are heated over 105-115 degrees.  Food enzymes help you to digest food, sweeps away toxins, and so much more.  The more enzymes and raw foods you eat, the more mucous and toxins are removed from your body.  It gives your body time to heal and prevent disease.
  • Eat sea vegetables such as Wakame, Dulse, and Nori.  They have trace minerals like iodine.
  • Eat natural food supplements.  Less supplements are needed when more raw foods are consumed.  All raw veggies are better.  I supplement because I get lazy on the salads.  Try a Green Superfood powder.  You can add it to a smoothie of your choice.  There is also the question on the value of soil that food is grown in and whether or not natural foods still have the nutritional value that we think it does.
  • Exercise, exercise, exercise!!!
  • Meditate and/or pray.  Just plain good for you!  Helps with breathing and focusing.  Believe it or not, breathing helps to remove toxins and is very helpful in weight loss and health.
  • Be conscious of food combinations.  Fruit, veggies, grains, and meat all digest at different rates.  If you eat them all at the same time, whatever is sitting around waiting for the other to digest will begin to ferment.  This can cause: toxins to be released into your system, gas, constipation, etc.  Eat fruit alone.  Generally, fruit only takes 60-90 minutes to digest.  Eat veggies with grains.  Eat veggies with meat.  Try not to eat grains at the same time as meat.  They take different digestive enzymes to break down which slows digestion, increases fermentation, and adds toxins to the body.
  • Alkalize the body.  Our bodies are designed to be alkaline.  When we are in acidic states, we are more prone to diseases like cancer and hypertension.  If you eat acidic foods, balance them with something more alkaline like green leafy juices.
  • Balance is key. For example, if you eat something sweet, try to balance it with something salty.  Not only will you get a good variety of nutrients, you will also have less cravings.  The key is to use healthy items.  Unhealthy examples: pizza with soda or popcorn with candy.  Healthy example:  cacao with carrots and dip.
  • Consider probiotics, fermented and cultured foods.
  • Have fun and try something new!
One thought on “20 Tips to a Healthy Diet”
  1. melvin71

    I enjoyed reading the tips. I find myself looking for what may be the best fruit and vegetable to fulfill my appetitive.

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