By Kristin Stephens, MS, NTP
Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information that you see in the media about how to eat healthier? Uncertain who to believe or where to begin?
Don’t be discouraged!! Start here…we promise these will make a big difference!! Here are our top four tips for healthy eating:
1. Eat real food – the less packaging the better. If it had a mother or came directly from the ground, then it’s a real food. If it comes in a box or can, you need to scrutinize the label and be wary of some ingredients. Also, be wary of the claims the package makes. The real foods that are best for you aren’t trying to sell the food to you.
2. Drink plenty of water – it is so vital to our well-being! Remember, coffee, tea, soda, and sports drinks don’t count towards your daily intake of water. Try infused water if you’re looking for a refreshing twist on plain water.
3. Focus on proper digestion – If you’re not digesting your food well, then you aren’t reaping the benefits of it. Make sure you are having regular bowel movements that appear normal. If you have a question about its appearance, it’s probably not normal. You should be going at least once a day. If not, drink more water, and do some sort of movement throughout the day. Try drinking lemon water in the morning, and apple cider vinegar with water before meals. It’s a north to south process, so make sure you are in a good head space before eating – calm down and relax, pray, take a few deep breaths.
4. Don’t be afraid of fat – every cell in your body is made of fat and cholesterol, so please include it with each meal. Great sources of good fats are avocados, butter (yes butter!), coconut oil, olive oil, traditional lard and tallow, eggs, full-fat yogurt and other dairy products. The liquid “vegetable” oils at the grocery store are not good sources of the right types of fats our bodies need.
Have questions? To have a more in-depth conversation about how these tips will positively impact your health and overall wellbeing, contact Pure Nutrition + Wellness LLC at [email protected], or call us at 844-787-3935. We’d love to talk with you!
Donna Stephens, BCN, CNHP, LDHS
Kristin Stephens, MS, NTP