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.
Not long ago, I found myself exhausted and tired all the time. I was hit with cold after cold and was struggling with my weight and with stress. Being so tired with the plethora of conflicting information, I decided to start researching for myself.
I have always been health conscious, take care about what I eat and kept close tabs on my macro nutrient intake. I was shocked to find that one of the things adding stress and pressure on my body were all the preservatives, stabilisers, colourants, artificially modified substances and GMOs in our food.
The more I read, the more I realised my diet was full of toxins. Throw in the stressors of life and no wonder my body was not functioning well.
So as I write about eating for our health, remember that I am not trying to lose weight or be a supermodel. I am a mom who desires energy, longevity and vitality. Losing weight might be a by-product, but feeling awesome and reaching optimal performance is my goal.
So in short what did I find in my research:
- A clean gut = health mind and body
- Toxins rob us
- Balanced blood sugar can change our lives
- Less stress and more rest
- Micro-nutrients feed our beauty
- The power of superfoods
- Eat real food soil to mouth!
- Diets really don’t work.
This month blog will be a quick note on each of these and over the next few months we will dive deeper into each one.
Toxins rob us
Toxins are any substance that can be poisonous or cause negative health effects. “Toxin” refers to all the metals, chemicals, pollutants, artificial food ingredients, pesticides, and poisons that cause the body harm.
Our amazing bodies have been designed with a natural ability to detoxify themselves. However today, we are exposed to an overload of toxins. Especially in all the processed foods we eat.
A body full of toxins will find it difficult to digest and retain nutrients. Leaving you depleted of much needed nutrients and results in potential over eating.
A clean gut = health mind and body
The gut is responsible for turning our food into fuel for our bodies. It absorbs nutrients that support our body’s functions — energy production, hormone balance, overall health and wellbeing, and even toxin and waste elimination.
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 mental wellbeing, weight, mood and a number of other ailments. Keeping your gut healthy can help keep the rest of your body healthy.
Balanced blood sugar can change our lives
Key to optimal health is a steady, even blood sugar level. When we eat things high in sugar, the sugar quickly hits our blood giving us energy for a short while (the spike) only to come crashing down leaving us feeling awful (the low).
In an attempt to pick ourselves up again we typically grab another “quick fix” (Carbs, caffeine or more sugar) which ultimately results in over eating.
The insulin effect is another super interesting subject we will explore in a later article.
Less stress and more rest
Dealing with stress requires so much energy that the body puts all other functions on hold. It stops repairing tissue, it stops renewing your cells and there is no energy left for other essential systems – such as digestion and reproduction. This is why chronic stress leaves you feeling irritable, forgetful, overwhelmed, isolated and sleep deprived.
Chronic stress is defined as constant stress experiences over extended periods of time. Chronic stress kicks our natural energy distribution out of balance.
Micro-nutrients feed our beauty
By increasing our intake of enzymes, minerals, antioxidants and nutrient -rich foods, we will have radiant healthy skin, hair, nails and eyes. Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells from the harmful effects of free radicals.
Free radicals damage your cells and cause aging. Antioxidants mop up all the free radicals and slow down the aging process.
The power of superfoods
Superfoods are awesome! Here is why… in our busy lives it’s not always possible to get all the nutrition we need, or some of our food is not nutritionally dense enough. Topping up our nutrient intake using good quality organic superfoods is a sure way to look after our bodies despite the busyness of life.
Eat real food soil to mouth!
Processed food has been changed from its natural state to make it cheaper, more convenient to package or transport or to make it last longer. The effect of processed food on the body is quite shocking. We will unpack some interesting facts about processed food in an upcoming article, but until then… Stick to real food that comes from the soil to your plate.
A simple understanding of the basic building blocks of health and nutrition is enough to empower us to make good choices. There are no fade diets in these blogs posts only a desire to empower you with knowledge to feed your body to optimal health.