Nutrition is Number One

Choosing a Healthy Lifestyle does not have to feel extreme. You don’t have to drink green juice and give up tasty foods. You don’t have to move away to an island or run 5 miles a day. You don’t have to follow a full vegan diet or eat all meat to find a healthy life. As a wellness coach, I am often surprised at how many people desire a competitive edge on changing their health. I have seen often that this way of going about it may elicit change, right away, but it ends up in failure. You may lose weight, but the stress and tension of denying yourself indulgences creep in, creating a binge or full on rebuttal of the whole process. Why do we as humans feel the need to tackle things or be aggressive in lifestyle changes? Diets do not work. When I work with clients, I express intensely that we are working on lifestyle changes. I will discuss what I believe lead into a completely make over of body, mind and spirit health. This is the way to health. We must be balanced and aligned. If not, it wont work .

Nutrition will always be number one for me and the way that I guide clients into a lifestyle that is healthy and vibrant. We must return to nature. All chronic disease today is a symptom of the industrialized production of our food. We must return to whole foods, which are vital to a healthy functioning human body. Without going to in depth of the gut brain connection, the health community is becoming very aware of the connection between nutrition and brain functioning. HUGE!! The food we eat becomes the body we live in. If we need to heal, revive or just thrive, we must begin to let go of processed, highly refined and addictive substances placed in food to get you addicted to less that good food. Think of this; our body is an intricate being of cellular communication which literally recreates itself over time, so we can all change our health if we feed it the right foods. I believe this and have observed it change lives.

As we allow the body to let go of old habits and change the landscape of the microbiome (gut lining), I find that clients begin to have their own awareness of the change in energy levels, brain fog, cravings and bowel movements. Lets be frank, if we are not moving our food through our digestive system regularly, we are backed up, sick, and toxins are overloading the body. The changes that come from eating a whole food diet are too numerous to expand on in this short article. Here are a few:

  • More Energy
  • Better Blood Sugar Levels
  • Less Pain And Inflammation
  • Better Digestion
  • Natural Weight Loss & Less Cravings

Whole food is the way to change your body, your mind, and your spirit. You are what you eat, and you are what you eat has been eating. Think about that for a moment.

5 Simple steps to shift from a processed food diet to a whole foods diet:

  • Eat Meals
  • Learn To Cook At Home
  • Do Not Eat Anything From A Convenience Store Or Gas Station
  • Eat Mindfully And Slow
  • No Excuses ( We are full of them)

Use these simple tips to check yourself when you find yourself reaching for the candy bar, or the protein bar, which can be just as sugar loaded and processed as the candy bar. Keep fruit, nuts or cut up veggies with you to curb the cravings that will come. Be patient and know that you can change your health, as you are your body’s and healthy life’s guide. You get to decide what you put in your mouth, the nutrition you will take in, and the affect that these choices will make on your overall well being. There is no other way.

Cheers to Vibrant Health!

~ Angela

Transitioning To A Whole Foods Diet

 

Today, more than ever, we are bombarded with marketing, opinions, statistics and labeling that are confusing the simple truth of food nutrition. We are one of the wealthiest nations, and yet we have the highest levels of chronic disease and obesity. People are mislead, confused, and addicted to the chemical arsenal in the grocery isle. It is so simple that it can become maddening as we attempting to filter the lies from truth.

I am a promoter of an 85/15 diet. These numbers are meant to be a guide, making it easy to establish a relationship with the food on your plate. The 85% represents the amount of whole food nutritional content ingested, while the 15% is the allowance for coffee, occasional alcohol, desert, or otherwise. When working with clients, I do not force huge change. In my opinion, its a set up for failure. We begin with looking at a 60/40 or 70/30 and work our way to the better. If you come from an 30/70, this 60/40 will make an undeniable change for the better and will naturally motivate you to take it further for your own personal wellbeing. That is the way it works, momentum builds. We want to leave room for play!  What is life without freedom to roam?

The way that this will look is easy when you consider your plate like a pie. Half to three quarters of your pie should be organic, fresh vegetable produce. Focus on adding healthy portions of your protein source and carbs. As this way of eating becomes more habitual, you will begin to fill more of your plate with this living, highly nutritional food. Steadily, you will push out more of the highly processed foods that make up the SAD (Standard American Diet). You will be increasing whole, living, and healthy fleshed foods, while decreasing dead food, or processed sugar, refined starches and grains, high saturated animal fats, and added stimulants lacing processed foods. Your body will shift from an acidic and inflamed stated to an alkaline and thriving state.

The beauty of adopting an 85/15 diet, is that your body remembers what health feels like and it will be miraculous to your body. You do not have to be extreme. Aim or 60/40, 70/30 and just begin the process. Your body and your mind will thank you! Eating whole foods and living a healthy lifestyle is the greatest investment you can make in your life. You are worth it, your family is worth it, and when you are ready, you will do it!!!

 

Brussel Sprout Hash

One of my favorite Brussel Sprout recipes.  Brussels are 10 times as nutritious as their cousin, green cabbage.  I find them to have a little sweetness, too.  They help lower bad cholesterol and increase the good.  They also help to detox the liver and spleen.  They have a cleansing effect on the blood too!  The Medical Medium suggest that they also help with joint health and osteoporosis!

Enjoy!

 

Happy and Healthy begin with Whole Foods.  Feed your body, your mind and your spirit, one meal at a time!

Brussel Sprouts