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Nutritional Basics: Whole, Nutrient-Dense Foods

Most of us have at least once in our life been lured towards a diet fad. Many have even experimented with such latest and greatest quick-fixes in search of certain sought after ideals.

However, I believe that the current generation is generally coming to realize that overall wellbeing (like that actually LASTS, instead of tapering off after the cessation of a “diet”),  starts with SIMPLY EATING REAL FOODS.

But, I have also become aware of the fact that many have not committed to joining us “crunchy” foodies just yet, and perhaps it is because of the belief that this type of dietary lifestyle is too difficult or complicated.

Though there is much to learn about FOOD and even more in regards to meals made from real ingredients, it doesn’t HAVE to be intimidating.  Once you learn some of the basic nutritional ideas, I believe that the drive is so much more enticing and attainable.

Good to know basics:

  • Food supplies both nutrients and calories (energy).
  • All calories come from three elements: carbohydrates, fats, and proteins.
  • Micronutrients are non-caloric food factors: vitamins, minerals, fibers, and phytochemicals.
  • These types of non-caloric nutrients are vital for good health and a good diet.

For most of us, the key to optimizing good health (meaning overall wellness + perhaps a healthier body weight too), is to eat predominantly foods that have a relatively high proportion of nutrients (non-caloric food factors) to calories (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins).

Furthermore, this is essential for a healthy immune system. It also empowers your body’s detoxifying abilities and cellular repair mechanisms (which in return, protects you from ailments such as cancer and other diseases).

*Note: I am not saying to completely cut out calorie-ladden foods.  Carbs, fats, and protein are also vital elements of a healthy diet, meaning they must not be entirely eliminated – but the key is,  learn YOUR BALANCE!

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It’s important to also note that we all have our specific allergens and foods that we should avoid.  Basically, there is no “one size fits all” in regards to lists of ideal foods to eat or meal plans to follow. However, there IS an abundance of remarkable TOOLS to create unique and specific dietary guidelines which can help embracing a regular whole, nutrient-dense foodie life more securable!

Some of the tools that I use for my personal protocol, includes:

  • The Autoimmune Protocol (here)
  • The Wahls Protocol (here)
  • The GAPS Diet (here)
  • The Bulletproof Diet (here)
  • Primal Body, Primal Mind (here)
  • The Hormone Cure (here)

 

More on this later, but for now…

 

Best of Luck on Your Journey,

(the hardest part is just getting started – I promise!)

x. Heather

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