Changing how you eat can be one of the most difficult tasks to undertake. Until you change how you think about food and the relationship you have with it, the harder it will be to implement dietary changes. Start viewing food as a source of fuel for your body instead of something that brings you pleasure.
Consider this, 7 out of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States have a strong link to nutrition. They are heart disease, cancer, lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and kidney disease. You have the ability to improve your health by changing your diet.
The Standard American Diet Is:
Good Nutrition Is:
It’s easy for your healthy lifestyle to get derailed during the holidays. There are parties, celebrations and gatherings galore. To stay on track, make a point of implementing the following tips.
In the past couple of weeks I’ve had the pleasure to talk to two people who are managing their diabetes, type 2, with diet and exercise. One individual has lost 60 pounds this year and they both no longer need medication. How is this possible?
Many of the choices we make every day affect our health. It’s a matter of whether you want to manage your wellness naturally, when it is possible, or take medication. Both people I spoke with are being very intentional about their health. They have altered their diet and have made significant changes in patterns of behavior.
Dr. Michael Greger on his website nutritionfacts.org shares, “We’ve known since the 1930s that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, arrested, and even reversed with a plant-based diet. Within five years of following the diet, about a quarter of the diabetic patients in that early study were able to get off insulin altogether.”
Dr. Greger further explains that meat may play a role in increasing...
I've been harvesting beets from the garden for the past several weeks. They are a great source of nitric oxide which helps open up your arteries to allow for more blood flow. Thus, beets help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Have better workouts. Beets provide energy and stamina. Consume them two to three hours before exercising. They increase oxygen uptake and promote better circulation due to the nitrates they contain.
Beets are rich in the antioxidant betacyanin, which gives them their beautiful red color, that protects against cancer cell growth.
Two ways I like to cook beets are boiling and roasting. To boil beets: cut off the tops, place in a saucepan, cover with water and boil until tender when pricked with a fork. To roast: wrap them in aluminum foil, place in a 375º oven and roast until tender when pricked with a fork. In each case remove skins when they are cool enough to handle.
They are great sliced on a...
Eating a whole foods plant-based diet is one of the healthiest choices you can make. If you aren’t ready to take that leap do your best to consume as many foods as possible in their natural form. More and more studies are linking processed foods to health issues including an increased risk of disease and mortality.
Americans are consuming more and more processed foods such as packaged snacks, soft drinks, ready-made meals, and sugary cereals, which contain added flavors, colors, sweeteners, emulsifiers, and other non-food ingredients.
Eating these foods can lead to an increase in the rate of cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. On the flip side, higher consumption of unprocessed or minimally processed foods is associated with lower risks of all reported disease.
Consumption of processed foods, more than four servings daily, was associated with an increase in mortality. People who consume the most processed foods tend to eat fewer...
Iron is an essential nutrient in our diets. Although red meat and seafood are good sources of iron, many plant-based foods also contain plenty of this mineral.
Numerous vegetables, legumes, and other foods contain a form of iron called nonheme iron, which accounts for the majority of people's iron intake in the United States. The type of iron in animal products is called heme iron.
Although the body can absorb it more easily, heme iron is not essential to the human diet.
If you are not receiving enough iron in your diet the symptoms may include:
Plant-Based Sources of Iron
Preparing meals can take a lot of time. Most likely you don’t have time in your weekly schedule to make healthy meals nor do you want to use the time you do have in this manner. I don’t blame you!
If you don’t want to invest time every day preparing meals, batch cooking is a great solution. It’s just like it sounds, cooking in large batches. You cook or prep a bunch of food at once and use it throughout the week.
There are a variety of ways you can approach batch cooking. I will share a few but feel free to expand on my ideas and implement what works best for you.
Getting healthy meals on the table can be a struggle if you’re in a hurry and didn’t plan ahead. Instead of grabbing or ordering takeout, stopping at a fast food restaurant or eating cereal for dinner, I challenge you to whip up a quick, nutritious dinner. You’ll want to have the freezer and pantry stocked. After that it’ll be easy.
To create a quick salad, start by purchasing pre washed packages of greens like lettuce blends, slaw, or spinach. Choose toppings like cherry or grape tomatoes, pre sliced mushrooms, shredded carrots, pre sliced beets, quartered artichoke hearts, sliced water chestnuts, canned garbanzo or black beans, olives, hummus, avocado or guacamole, nuts or seeds, and etc. You can put almost anything on a base of greens. What you choose will determine how filling your salad is so if it’s your dinner make sure you include some protein.
Have a supply of frozen vegetable noodles like zucchini, carrots or butternut squash on hand....
5 things you can do to Eat to Lose Weight:
1. Eat whole foods, no prepackaged or boxed foods. That means foods in their natural state as opposed to those that are highly processed.
2. Read food labels when shopping and don’t purchase items with a lot of sugar, sodium or fat. It will take you more time to do the grocery shopping but it's worth it. Once you've done it a few times you'll be familiar with what brands are the healthiest and what ones to avoid.
3. Eat good, complex carbs instead of simple carbs. Avoid carbohydrates that are refined, meaning they are forms of starch and sugar that don't exist in nature. Instead eat whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes.
4. Eat more fruits and vegetables. They are also an example of healthy carbs and they contain fiber. Plants are the only source of fiber. Most Americans do not get enough in their diet. Choose either fresh or frozen varieties. Both are acceptable. If you need to make dinner in a hurry...
Just because I am a Wellness Coach it does not mean I don't face my own struggles and challenges in trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. My biggest problem is usually food related. If good food choices are available and there's nothing to tempt me l'm usually okay. It's when I go out to dinner and the menu isn't vegan friendly or I'm at a function and there aren't things for me to eat. Then I have a hard time.
So, if you are trying to make lifestyle changes and struggle at times know that you are not alone. It's normal! Don't let it get you down. Recognize it for what it is, a slip up, and get back at it. Keep trying, recommit, start over. Most of all remember why you are making changes in the first place.
Take charge of your health! Be well!