The best place to start when choosing to improve your health is with your eating habits. If you eat a typical American’s diet, then chances are your current foods include harmful fats, excessive sugar, artificial sweeteners, additives and preservatives and overly processed foods. Much of this stuff does not rightly deserve a designation of “food” because it does not nourish your body, and much of it can be downright harmful. If you are having symptoms such as digestive system problems, constipation, headaches, skin problems, fatigue, insomnia, “brain fog”, abdominal obesity or difficulty losing weight, there’s a good chance these are linked to inadequate nutrition and/or taking in harmful substances.
Your body is good at detoxing itself of these harmful substances and rejuvenating itself if you nourish it properly. To do this easily and quickly, you can follow a detox plan such as the one offered by Isagenix. However, if you keep exposing and overloading yourself to toxic substances, then you’d be wasting your time and money to do a detox.
So, in order to really detox and nourish your body, you need to include the following foods in your daily diet:
- Fruits and Veggies
- Lean protein (fish like wild salmon, chicken and turkey breast, lean red meat, cottage cheese, etc.)
- Healthy fat (canola and olive oils, nuts, avocado, eggs, fish and fish oil)
- Water (drink half your body weight in ounces of water. In other words, if you weigh 200 pounds, drink 100 oz. of water daily)
- Fiber, mostly from your fruits and vegetables, which give you a blend of soluble and insoluble fibers
Foods that you will want to avoid are:
- Refined carbs, which include white breads and pastas, chips, pastries, cookies, and high-sugar breakfast cereals
- Caffeine (can be contained in coffee, tea, diet soda, chocolate)
- Artificial sweeteners (most diet sodas, diet drinks, low-cal yogurts, low-sugar jelly, etc.)
- Liquid calories (such as soft drinks, fruit juice drinks, alcohol and sports drinks)
- Refined or added sugar
I will be covering more on each of these areas in more detail in upcoming blogs, including recipes and how-to’s. For now, evaluate your own diet with the lists above. What good foods are you eating now? What “foods” do you currently consume that could hurting your health and your weight loss efforts?
What questions do you have about healthy eating? Please let me know in the comment section below, and I will do my best to answer your questions here or in upcoming blogs!
To your health,