Its February now, and you may have given up on your New Years resolution of losing weight. But fear not. In this article we will show you what foods will get you back on track to a healthy lifestyle, and steer you away from unhealthy choices. Remember, being healthy isnt about depriving yourself. Its about nourishing your body with wholesome food.
Deriving supplements from natural sources, our focus, is how the human body originally developed. This method is healthier and more cost effective that ingesting an array of mass produced vitamins from a chemistry lab.
First, lets talk protein. Im sure youve heard that Salmon is packed with Omega-3. Interestingly studies have shown that salmon is rich with bioactive protein molecules called bioactive peptides. These molecules provide special support for joint cartilage, insulin effectiveness, and control of inflammation in the digestive tract. These facts put this fish a notch above the rest of the protein category. Salmon is also rich in B12, B6, B3, D, Selenium, Biotin, Pantothenic acid, and Choline. They say dog is a mans best friend, but Im sticking with my mate salmon.
Eggs are a great source of protein. They once had a bad reputation for contributing to high cholesterol. However, with scientific advancements, we have learned that eggs are actually very healthy. Eggs are a low in calories at 78 cal. per egg, high protein at 7g per egg, and packed with way too many vitamins and nutrients to name. Furthermore, eggs are extremely cheap. They are incredibly easy to prepare on the skillet, and are a fantastic first step to improving your diet.
People are afraid of being fat, and therefore they try to stop eating it. Consequently, people fill their shopping carts with low-fat products in the hope of losing weight, yet still, there are astonishingly high levels of obesity in the Western world. These low fat foods are actually unhealthy. They are highly processed and filled with preservatives, artificial ingredients, and sweeteners to make up for the lack of fat. So dont buy into the hype. No matter how bouncy and happy that woman looks on the Special K advert.
Heres a thought. Instead of avoiding fat, we should embrace it. Yep, you heard correctly. Enjoy eating fatty foods! But before you get too excited, understand were not talking about cheese burgers. Sorry. However, theres no shame treating yourself occasionally. Were actually talking about good fats. Two thirds of the human brain is made up of fat, and mono and polyunsaturated fats are essential to your brain and bodys well-being.
For your daily share of healthy fats, consume nuts (i.e. almonds, walnuts, and pistachios), cold-water fish (i.e. salmon and trout), olives, and avocados. The essential fatty acids found in these types of foods, come packaged with a healthy dose of Vitamin E, and act as a natural moisturiser for your skin, keeping it supple. So you will look good as well as feel good. What more of an incentive do you need to eat healthy?
A diet high in fibre is extremely important. Fibre is known to increase blood sugar control, aid in weight loss, increase skin health, and maintain overall gastrointestinal health. Humans, as omnivores, developed with a high fibre diet. Its always good to stick with your roots.
Our recommendation for fiber: Broccoli. Its high in fibre, contains twice the vitamin C as an orange, and holds twice the amount of calcium as whole milk. Plus, the calcium is better absorbed – This could be a good point for those who are lactose intolerant and looking to get calcium from other food sources.
Sugar, now that is a thing of pure evil. It wreaks havoc on your body by raising blood sugar levels, this causes your body to release insulin which is used to capture the sugars easy to store energy. This insulin transforms the sugar directly into fat, and the excess sugar that the insulin doesnt transform causes intense inflammation in the blood vessels. Think about our nomadic heritage. In prehistoric times, when Homo sapiens developed, food was scarce and humans were not able to gorge themselves on carbohydrate rich foods all year round. It was rare to come across sugars, and if one did the body did everything it could to store every gram of energy through fat.
Fast forward to 2014, the world has changed and carbohydrates, like sugar, are plentiful. However, our bodies have not adapted as quickly. The body rushes to store every ounce of energy as if we lived in a period of scarcity. Many doctors believe this is the reason obesity is so prevalent. Technological advancement has surpassed our bodys micro-evolutionary advancement.
Furthermore, artificial sweeteners are not the answer. Most people see the zero calorie label on their favorite soft drink, or food, and consume it guilt free. However, many people are not aware of the danger of the chemicals that make these sweeteners. The most commonly used chemical, aspartame, is composed of 10% methanol. Methanol is also known as wood alcohol, is a commercial sweetener which has been proven to have destructive effects on brain cells.
If you do have a sweet tooth, however, you can substitute sugar with honey. Honey is anti-microbial in nature. It has a vast array of other benefits, such as helping to prevent heart disease, aiding the reduction of ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders and regulating blood sugar levels. It is also a probiotic and great for your skin.