The average XXI century western diet combined with sedentary lifestyle is becoming a recipe for disaster. Diabetes, cancer, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, inflammation and chronic pain are just some of the results of our poor nutritional choices. So what can we change?
Eliminate inflammatory foods
Many of us don’t tolerate lactose and dairy in general, soy and wheat but we rarely even think about it. Wheat, dairy and fatty meat acidify our bodies and trigger inflammatory response which not only makes us feel sluggish but also prone to disease. Dairy and wheat in particular are not generally good for humans and we should avoid them. As hard as it may seem – we have so many healthy replacements within our reach. Superfoods such as coconut milk, water and yoghurt or gluten free products such as quinoa or rice can be great alternatives. Remember – protein is a building block of each cell. To keep your body healthy and metabolism on point – invest in a high protein diet! 1-2 grams per kilogram of body mass is a must. Don’t be afraid of healthy fats: nuts and avocado, chia seeds and flaxseed are great sources of healthy unsaturated fat which will help keep your ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol low.
Possessing full awareness and knowledge of what you put in your body will empower you to lose weight, get in shape as well as get your health and vitality back. Try avoiding sugar packed ready-made meals, shakes or bars. It really only takes a few minutes to prep hearty healthy and yummy home-made snacks and shakes. Don’t believe it? Check an example recipe here.
Stock up on healthy staples such as gluten free brown rice, quinoa, oats, organic coconut milk, seeds and nuts, fruit and veg. When you have these yummy ingredients handy you will be less likely to eat junk food.
We already mentioned how important it is to be educated and aware when it comes to nutrition. You truly are what you eat so read up: do research as to what products are good for you and always study food labels. Sadly some naturally gluten free foods such as rice have added gluten or are processed at a factory where traces gluten is present in everything. Stay informed and focused and build up your nutritional approach step by step.