The end of January is almost upon us, so it’s time to check in and see how much of a healthy start we’ve had so far. Have you been good? Did you start a gym membership, or new eating plan? How disciplined have you been since you set your resolutions? Do resolutions even work?
Being healthy isn’t hard, and it doesn’t have to be dull, either. However, finding good, wholesome, organic food is not easy for everyone. Let’s look at five ways we can eat more healthily, regardless of our financial situation, current weight, or where we live:
- Eat animal proteins and starchy carbohydrates separately: This is one of the quickest ways to improve digestion, boost metabolism, and lose weight. Although we are accustomed to eating meat with carbohydrates in just about every dish on Earth, it doesn’t mean that it’s right. The body is unable to digest animal proteins and carbohydrates together, resulting in accumulated undigested food particles in the bowel. Over time this can lead to a sluggish digestion and metabolism, so make sure to eat these as far away from each other as possible. You’ll really see and feel the difference!
- Enjoy fruit – but never eat it as dessert: Fruit is best eaten alone, on an empty stomach. Fruit digests mostly in the small intestine, and needs a clear path through the digestive tract to get there. If eaten as dessert, fruit gets ‘stuck” behind the meal, doesn’t digest properly, and creates gas and discomfort. Fruit is the perfect food for the human body; it just needs to be eaten correctly.
- Eat more fermented foods: Fermented foods are filled with good bacteria, which promotes healthy digestion and regular bowel movements. Often, symptoms of IBS, allergies, skin rashes, indigestion and constipation can be signs of insufficient gut bacteria. Processed foods, pasteurized dairy, alcohol, and medicines are the culprits behind the destruction of this good bacteria. The three best sources of healthy fermented foods are: Kefir, Kombucha Tea, Kimchi. You can also eat raw honey and raw dairy, if it’s available, and drink raw apple cider vinegar to boost gut health.
- Cut out sugar, but avoid artificial sweeteners: We already know sugar is bad, but artificial sweeteners are worse. Studies have shown an insulin response to foods with artificial sweeteners, is equal to the insulin response to foods with these sweeteners, and that’s bad news! In fact, some scientists suggest that sugar-free drinks are a direct cause of obesity and type-2 diabetes. Stick to healthy substitutes like raw honey or stevia.
- Get rid of any processed multivitamins: Every day, store-bought multivitamins have chemical additives, and are difficult for the body to absorb. Clever marketing can lead to the belief that these supplements are a good substitute for food, which they are NOT! There is never a good substitute for healthy organic food. To supplement your diet, choose plant-based super greens like Spirulina, Chlorella, or Moringa Leaf, which are packed with minerals, vital nutrients, and are easy to digest. Try it for yourself! You won’t regret it.
These 5 simple adjustments to diet and lifestyle will yield enormous changes in your overall wellbeing. Heightened energy levels, better digestion, better sleep and a boost in brainpower are just some of the benefits. Healthy eating is not about calorie counting or portion control, rather it’s sticking to nature’s menu as closely as possible, and being aware of how the digestion works. Good digestion is the cornerstone of good health, and the more we can assist the body in the digestion process, the better off we’ll be.
Thanks for reading!