I have so many people ask me, “What is a healthy diet?”. The truth is that what might be healthy for one person, may not be as healthy for the next. We are all unique beings and our genetic make up helps determine what we should eat. Luckily, in our day and time, there are many ways to measure what type of diet may be most appropriate for you. We would be happy to assist you with this, but in the meantime, there are some general guidelines that we all can follow.
First and foremost, shop the perimeter of your grocery store and spend less time in the center sections where all the packaged and boxed foods reside. These packaged foods are very low in nutritional value, and usually high in calories, fat, or sugar. When we eat these types of food, then you will find that you are hungry again very quickly, it is because you are not getting what your body needs. High fat, high sugar, and high carbohydrate foods, cause us to crave more of the same!
Cut down, or eliminate dairy, gluten, and sugar. These foods are likely the most inflammatory foods in your diet. Diary products are loaded with hormones, antibiotics, and unfriendly bacteria. Conventional measures of growing, harvesting, and processing grains have completely changed this industry and most grains are now extremely toxic. Buy organic or sprouted as much as possible. Sugar, is highly acidic so it creates an environment that feeds inflammation. It also dramatically weakens the immune system. 1 tsp of sugar, will decrease your immune response by up to 70% for 4 hours!
Lets talk about what you can eat. EAT MORE COLOR! That is right, eat the rainbow! Challenge yourself to eat more fresh fruit and veggies. The goal is 5 colors daily. Greens, oranges, reds, blues, purples and whites. Eat them raw, or in juices or smoothies. The more colorful your diet, the healthier you will be as it is the colorful foods that provide the most nutrient dense food source. All fruits and veggies are loaded with antioxidants, but you want to eat a variety of color so that you get a variety of antioxidants.
Greens are a great source of calcium and provide nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin K! Reds are loaded with folic acid, lycopene, and anthocyanins, which are great for the heart and the eyes! Orange foods are loaded with carotenes which have shown to have a powerful anti-aging affect on the skin. That's right, eat more oranges and carrots and you'll be healthier and look younger!