It’s not just food!
Hippocrates once wrote "let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’’ and you know what? We now know how right he was. The power of food and nutrition to support the body’s natural healing process, promote health and prevent disease is paramount to living a long healthy and happy life. Using food in this way is about nourishing the body and giving it the resources to heal itself.
The body works hard to stay healthy and wants us to feel our best and full of vitality. However, there are so many reasons why this may be out of balance; genetic influences, lifestyle, poor diet, stress, toxins, food intolerances, compromised digestion and many more.
Following a diet with the right nutrition can be used to detoxify the body, lose excess body fat, reduce stress, tiredness and fatigue as well as support a whole array of chronic health conditions.
However, it is never about fad diets or quick fixes, it’s about long term lifestyle changes with simple yet delicious food. It’s changing habits so it becomes the norm and you don’t feel like you are missing out or feeling deprived. Once you get to this stage you will never look back. And if you do, it certainly won’t be as appealing or enjoyable.
‘’If you want to feel better about yourself, increase your energy levels, a diet revamp may be the answer’’!
Where to start
Although different diets have their place, there is no one- size- fits all diet. We are all individuals with different likes and dislikes with bodies that work in different ways. From the Atkins diet to the Mediterranean diet there are so many to choose from! Whether its gluten free, or dairy free or meat free, ultimately you have to listen to your body, find out what makes you feel your best! You may not need to be anything free!!
A good place to start in any diet revamp for any reason is to cut out all un-natural foods. Eat a diet that is natural, unrefined and unprocessed, the way nature intended. Eating meals that are full of nutrients can be absolutely delicious, making you feel great in both body and mind, and it’s definitely not about depriving yourself or having to spend hours in the kitchen. You can put together healthy alternatives to your favourite foods in an easy and simple manner as well as make good choices when eating out. It’s just knowing how!
Slowly introducing natural alternatives to your diet and cutting out the un-natural foods will help towards a life- long healthy enjoyment of food, and is a great place to start!
An example of a usual days eating for me may start with either porridge made with almond milk, flaxseeds, nut butter and berries or maybe a smoothie, and I love eggs for breakfast. For lunch, quinoa with a whole array of vegetables, leafy greens and mixed with avocado and sultanas, or maybe a soup, either homemade or a fresh one from the chiller in the supermarket. I sometimes pop a bit of kale or spinach or some other veggies on top, as well as include some beans or a good protein source.
‘’ I really do pack the veggies in at every opportunity,
as well as good sources of protein and fat’’.
Dinner might be a baked sweet potato, salmon, stir fried asparagus and soy beans, and a mango salad. Just a mix of things thrown together, made in advance or from leftovers. I always make more than I need so it’s there for another meal. I go into a bit more detail about food choices in the 'about' section on my website, and check out my recipes. There’s some really simple and easy ideas.
I have not always eaten this way, but now I do, I know it has made me healthier and happier, as well benefited my family and children. I am certainly no connoisseur in the kitchen, and I like preparing meals that are quick and easy! Hopefully this will resonate with a lot of people who struggle and want to eat healthy and feel better.