Easy Tips for Optimal Diet & Health
General good health is something we all aim for and a good starting point is looking at our diet. Looking at the food we eat, and when we eat it. It is becoming more and more obvious that the gut and brain work in conjunction with each other. Therefore to maintain a well balanced body, we need to make sure we eat the right food at the right time. And to make sure we eat food that is good for us in every way.
It is also important that we allow ourselves the opportunity to have occasional treats, but these need to be occasional and not the norm.
Easy Tips for an Optimal Diet
- Make vegetables the main ingredient on your plate, and think of protein as a side dish. Treat yourself with plants and herbs for the best way to nurture yourself. And the protein you choose could be from a variety of sources, depending on whether you are a vegan, vegetarian, or meat or fish eater.
- Stop eating ready made prepared and processed food. Start from scratch using only fresh and healthy ingredients. This can be from a simple dish such as boiled or poached eggs, right through to a more complex meal such as a roast dinner etc.
- Consumption of fermented foods are one way to ensure we get good bacteria into our guts. Probiotic rich foods include many of these bacteria. Choose from Kefir (meaning foam and bubbles) a slightly sour drink; Kombucha (made from something called a SCOBY); Kraut (or more commonly known as SauerKraut); or Kimchi (a Korean way of preserving vegetables).
- Intermittent Fasting is a great way to accelerate human growth hormone levels and to reduce insulin levels. It helps to change the expression of genes and helps with cellular repair processes. A good starting point is to leave at least 12 hours between the last meal of the day and the first meal of the day after.
Avoid foods high in sugar and salt
Whether you choose to be vegetarian, vegan or a meat/fish eater, is up to you. It is your choice depending on your lifestyle, your views and your health situation. But avoid unhealthy foods such as foods high in sugar and salt, which tend to be the quick and easy ready-made processed meals. There’s a lot of media attention at the moment, looking at the problems that these types of foods cause to our health. These foods tend to be cheaper and more readily accessible, and the go-to choice for many families. There’s a lot of hidden danger in continuing to eat these types of meals.
Make your choices the ‘right’ choices
It is sometimes hard to make the best choices and we all need help in looking at different ways to shop and cook, and how to develop different healthier habits. We all need a bit of encouragement from time to time. Heal your body through food, and aim for the optimal diet. Try to be your own best health expert. And remember to take note of the foods that give you energy and calmness, these are the ones for you.
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