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Power of Superfoods [Part 1]

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The word Superfood has been spoken about so much in recent times, as people have become more and more conscious of all things health.

We just thought it might be helpful for you if we unpack this just a little.

A Superfood according to the Oxford Dictionary is a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. Superfoods have extra-large doses of essential vitamins and minerals in them which can help us ward off diseases and live a longer, healthier life. They can also be a great source of antioxidants, shielding our bodies from cell damage and helping prevent awful diseases.

As much as there are many particular foods which fall into the Superfood group, there are no set criteria by the FDA and American Heart Association as to what is and what is not a superfood. We do know that certain foods are highly beneficial and these have been labelled as the “SUPERFOODS”.

Although real food is always the optimal option, certain superfoods are nutrient rich and help you reach your mineral and vitamin quota for the day. Studies suggest that they can help you achieve better hormonal health, prevent chronic disease and improve the way you feel and think  every day.

There are a number of common foods that we can add to our diets which will provide these much needed nutrients, there is also an array of more exotic and less mainstream superfoods that are definitely worth getting to know!

Here are some common superfoods that you can easily include into your daily diet:

  • Dark Leafy Greens
  • Berries
  • Green Tea
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Kefir (And Yoghurt)
  • Ginger
  • Salmon
  • Avocado
  • Wheatgrass
  • Broccoli Rabe
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Goji Berries
  • Almonds
  • Coconuts
  • Flaxseeds
  • Mushrooms

You can also check out our awesome range of Wholesome Food Superfood Bars at our online store. They are created with the purpose of getting those superfoods into our bodies, in a quick and easy, affordable manner, without the harmful toxins and preservatives our bodies can be exposed to in other snacks available on the market.

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Why Diets Don’t ​Work

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I just thought I would start off by wishing you a very Happy New Year!! I hope that the year ahead is filled with love, laughter, peace and incredible relationship with those around you. 

As we all know, the number one New Year’s resolution around the world is “I am going to lose weight.” 

So before you choose the current trending, fad diet and spend a fortune on all the products you need, we thought we would send you an article on why diets don’t work and give you a few tried and tested ideas of what will work.  

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Is Stress Making You Fat?

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The word Stress seems to be the buzz word these days. Did you know that stress can have an impact on your physical body?  In this blog, we will look at the different ways stress can affect your health. We’ll also explore ways to naturally sooth stress by eating foods that will help to calm your body.

First of all, we need to understand not all stress is bad.

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A clean gut = health mind and body

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Our gut is responsible for turning food into fuel for our bodies. It absorbs nutrients that support our body’s functions — energy production, toxin and waste elimination, hormone balance and overall health and wellbeing.

If we have a sluggish, “unhealthy gut” our body will not be able to absorb the nutrients we need for optimal health. This can impact our weight, mood, mental wellbeing and a number of other ailments.

Keeping our gut healthy boosts energy and ensures a healthy immune system.

Let’s talk digestion:

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The power of Nutrition

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Eating your way to optimal health.

A little while ago I sent out a survey on Wholesome food. One of the questions was what you would most like to read in our blog posts. Not surprisingly, 90% answered eating for my health.

This topic is huge and there is so much information out there. I decided to start with my story and tell you how I have been eating myself back into optimal health and performance.

My story

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Micronutrients

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Micronutrients

According to the Webster dictionary, a micronutrient is a chemical element or substance that is essential in minute amounts to the growth and health of a living organism.

Micronutrients (like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) are different from macronutrients (like carbohydrates, protein and fat) because they are only necessary in very tiny amounts. Even with these tiny amounts, sometimes less than 1/1000thof a gram, micronutrients are vital to the proper functioning of all of our body’s systems.

Some functions of micronutrients:

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Fibre

Fibre

Dietary fibre includes the parts of plant foods your body can’t digest or absorb. Unlike other food components, such as fats, proteins or carbohydrates — which your body breaks down and absorbs — fibre is not digested by your body. Instead, it passes relatively intact through your stomach, small intestine, colon and out of your body. Taking with it toxins, waste, fat, excess hormones and cholesterol particles out of the gut.

Some functions of Fibre:

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Proteins

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Proteins are a fundamental building block of many of the cells in our body. Muscles, hair, skin and connective tissue are mainly made up of proteins. Many important things like enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, and even DNA are partially made of protein. I think you are getting the gist, proteins are very, very important for us.

 

Some functions of proteins:

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Carbohydrates

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A hot topic ….. are they bad, are they good. I have come full circle on this one. I cut out ALL carbs, to overdoing the carbs, to finding a healthy balance. I spent hours on this topic, wading through the articles and research papers about carbohydrates trying to understand them better. What did I find? Every person’s body is different and will require different carbohydrate intake. It turns out that high or low carb intake is less important than the type of carbohydrate you eat.

The Function of Carbohydrates

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The Heart of Wholesome Food Blog

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Thank You!

To those who read my first Wholesome Food blog post thank you! I appreciate the encouragement and messages… thank you so much!
A comment made several times was, it’s actually so simple!

Yes. That’s what I was hoping for. I have many discussions with people about health, diets, concepts like clean eating, superfoods, protein, carbs, fats, minerals, intuitive eating and the default response is a blank thousand mile stare accompanied by the occasional nod.

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