Eating healthy is important throughout your life and crucial to remaining healthy and feeling youthful! Balanced meals are the key and should be made up of organic or non-GMO foods that provide plenty of energy and satisfaction without toxic overloading or damaging your cells. Indeed, we are what we eat, what we absorb and even what we eat eats! Your food has a great impact on how you feel and how you look and age.
Here are some guidelines to eating clean, wholesome food:
Avoid dairy, gluten, corn and soy cause you do not need them to survive. The casein in dairy and gluten in wheat cause neuropeptide issues for many people. Corn is an excitotoxin to your adrenal system and can throw your neurotransmitters out of balance affecting one’s mood regulation, focusing, mental clarity and more. Besides the fact that corn and soy are usually genetically modified; there offer little nutritional value. If you have a problem with casein, then soy is going to be another culprit causing havoc in your body.
Avoid trans fats since they cause the silent killer named inflammation. Trans fats linked to cancer, diabetes, decreased immune function, obesity, heart disease, elevated LDL (bad cholesterol), asthma, and reproduction issues.
Avoid too much sugar and keep your daily intake to 22 – 32 grams. Sugar is addictive, feeds cancer cells, triggers weight gain, obesity, promotes premature aging and more! Average American annual intake of sugar ranges from 24 pounds to 180+ pounds of all forms of processed sugar! Every year, this national average of sugar intake increases so please monitor your daily sugar intake to determine what is your current intake range and strive to lower it. Do not fall victim to the sugar addiction and epidemic in this country. Substitute sugar with organic Stevia which is a highly sweet herb derived from the leaf of the South American stevia plant.
Avoid carbohydrate overload since it turns to excess sugar, weight gain, diabetes, obesity, cognitive impairment by the sugar reducing the level on insulin production in your brain! Researchers call this Type 3 diabetes since the brain as well as the pancreas produce insulin necessary for brain cell survival.
Avoid high sodium foods. If you kidneys cannot eliminate salt then it will back up into your blood, making your heart work harder and increases pressure in your arteries. Cook with fresh herbs, spices like onion, garlic, oregano, rosemary, basil , parsley and even apple cider vinegar to flavor food.
Avoid waiting until you are starving since you may grab unhealthy food choices devoid of real nutrients. Plan each meal as a little preparation goes a long way.
Avoid eating when stressed out as digestion actually slows down and you will not absorb your nutrients due to the cortisol (stress hormone) in your body.
Instead, choose organic, wholesome foods balancing each meal with a protein like lean meats, low mercury fish like shrimp, sardines and salmon, complex carbohydrate like green leafy vegetables, healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, and coconut oil. If vegan make sure you get your protein from the least processed protein sources like mung bean, black bean, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, spinach, almonds, cauliflower, asparagus, peas.
Bon appetit! Happy, Healthy Eating;)