Living Well

 

Living Well Holistic Choice

Living Well Through A Healthier Body, Mind & Soul

Holistic nutrition is simply nutrition that consists of natural, healthy and good quality foods for optimum health and well-being.

These foods are unrefined, unprocessed and organic whole foods. Examples of whole foods include unpolished grains, beans, fruits, vegetables and animal products, including meats and non-homogenized dairy products.

In our modern society, people don’t pay attention to what they eat anymore. When we are hungry, it’s easier to open a can, unwrap a package and eat a burger than to prepare a healthy meal. This is due to our world becoming fast-paced and high-demand, and our culture being focused on convenience rather then living well and that includes how we eat. This has led to a rise in diabetes and obesity. Statistics have shown that an American born in 2000 has one in three chances of developing diabetes in his/her lifetime. Obesity has become a national pandemic in America. Fortunately, this can be changed by a healthy diet and exercise.

Benefits of a holistic diet :

  • Weight loss
  • Disease prevention
  • Strengthens the body
  • Strengthens vital organs (heart, liver, stomach…)
  • Improves the immune system
  • Stress relief
  • Increases your energy

Now if you are interested in adapting a holistic diet into your lifestyle, here are some tips and points you should keep in mind… 

Choose organic food. Fresh organic food has more nutritional value than GMOs, is overall healthier and tastes better.

Drink adequate amounts of water. Eight glasses a day is the recommended amount by holistic nutritionists. Avoid dehydration as it can interfere with digestion. You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine beverages.

Buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s better to eat a locally harvested produce that isn’t organic certified than organic produce that was shipped a long distance.

Reduce your sodium intake. Sodium is one of the key factors in developing hypertension or high blood pressure. Try reducing your salt intake by avoiding processed food and keeping the salt shaker off the table.

Eat less sweets. Refined and artificial sweeteners are bad for your health. Replace them with natural alternatives like fruits and dates.

Eat healthy fats. These are necessary for good health. Try extra virgin oil for salads and coconut oil for cooking.

What to avoid :

  • Refined sugar and artificial sweeteners. They are the primary cause of many diseases like diabetes and obesity
  • Salt and high intakes of sodium. A high intake can cause hypertension and blood pressure
  • Coffee and caffeine beverages like soda
  • Artificial flavors and colors. They can cause cancer.
  • Genetically modified foods
  • Don’t use the microwave. Use a stove top, toaster oven or hot water.
  • Saturated fats primarily coming from animal sources like red meat and whole milk dairy products

We live in an era where everything is industrialized. We should not let that affect the most precious thing we have : our health. By adopting a holistic diet, we make sure that our bodies are as healthy as possible. Yes, it’s hard. But it’s possible and it’s worth it. BodyMindSoul!!! Read our Vlog section to get more amazing information on a healthy lifestyle.