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10 Steps to healthy eating

10 Steps to healthy eating

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard! Here are 10 easy to follow steps to help you lead a healthier lifestyle

There seems to be far too much confusion around what healthy eating really is and how to do it. Everywhere you look there are food products being portrayed as “nutritious” when clearly they aren’t, we have health organisations in Australia promoting the wrong message and our sports role models and health experts promoting foods which are still unhealthy – it’s any wonder society is sicker than ever before.

Did you know that 60%+ of Australians are overweight or obese and that the main cause of death is cardiovascular disease? There appears to be a correlation between the increase in refined, fried and fatty foods and the rise in weight gain.

What is healthy eating?

Healthy eating is eating foods which infuse the digestive system with nutrients which are used to rebuild and repair tissue as well as give the body an abundance of energy. For the digestive system to work at optimal levels it needs to be able to secrete, digest, absorb and defecate regularly.

Foods which are ideal for the digestive system are foods which haven’t been tampered with and are still alive! Our body is alive, therefore we need to eat alive foods such as leafy greens, vegetables and fruits, as well as nuts, seeds, legumes and wholegrains. These foods are cleansing, nutrient-rich and give us the most energy.

What isn’t healthy eating?

Eating foods which are highly processed, refined (wheat and sugar), fatty and fried, tampered with etc… are not good for us in large doses. The body is pretty powerful and strong so it can handle small amounts of acidic foods such as these, but in large doses on a regular basis can have detrimental effects.

When the body’s requirements aren’t being met or the digestive processes aren’t working properly, this is met with poor performance which can lead to sickness, then to disease and ultimately cancer.

If you’re lacking in energy and your body is feeling sluggish then it’s telling you it needs more nutrients.

Healthy eating is not a diet, its a lifestyle change. A change which will bring about increased energy, a stronger immune system, more motivation and clarity.

Here are 10 steps to get you started in healthy eating:

  1. Eating a minimum of 5 serves of veggies: this is the minimum daily intake. Choose vegetables such as zucchini, broccoli, bok choy, capsicum, carrot, spinach, celery etc…
  2. Eating a minimum of 2 serves of fruit: this is the minimum daily intake, fruit is high in fibre, contains water soluble nutrients and has a cleansing effect on your bowel.
  3. Eat good oils high in Omega 3: such as avocados, flax seed oil, fish oil. All of which are great for your heart, skin and joints.
  4. Have a few meat free days a week: excess meat in the diet is highly acidic for the body and takes a lot of energy to break down – giving your body a rest a few times a week gives the body time to balance out the acidity.
  5. Reduce your intake of gluten containing foods by 50%: gluten has a glue like effect on the digestive system and is very harsh and difficult to digest.
  6. Reduce your intake of refined sugar: by 50% as refined sugar is very toxic to your body and assists with weight gain.
  7. Reduce your intake of fried & fatty foods: by 50% as fried and fatty foods increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, cause disturbances within the digestive tract and assist with weight gain.
  8. Drink 2 litres of water a day: which helps you stay hydrated, energised and assists with digestion of food.
  9. Not drink whilst eating: as this dilutes the digestive juices – best to wait 30-45min after large meals.
  10. Try alternatives to cows milk: cows milk can be very mucus forming and hard to digest, so mixing it up a little by using other milks such as rice, oat, almond, goat etc… will reduce the build up of mucus.

 

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