As a graduate of the Institute For Integrative Nutrition (2012), I celebrate the concept of bio-individuality. Each person is unique, and may have different nutritional needs.
IIN emphasized the concept of Primary and Secondary foods. Primary foods are those things in our lives that sustain us in primary ways, sometimes more profoundly than food.
Explore your life in the areas of:
- Physical activity
- Posture & Breathing
Secondary foods are… actual foods!
General dietary recommendations are:
Crowd out the bad food, with good food. Eat vegetables, and healthy sources of whole grains, protein and fat. By getting the actual nutrients your body needs, you feel more satisfied, and cravings lessen. Eat whole foods the color of the rainbow. This ensures a natural diversity of vitamins and minerals.
Avoid hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, also known as trans-fats. The oil is made by forcing hydrogen gas under extreme heat and pressure into vegetable oil. This creates a moist, fatty substance which is inexpensive, and placed into many cakes, cookies, cereals, breads and drinks to prolong shelf-life. Our bodies do not know how to break apart this unnatural molecule and it accumulates in the body. This is a big contributing factor to obesity. Avoid overly processed, refined, artificially colored & flavored foods.
Practice “good food hygiene”. Prepare your food safely, and… Eat in a calm, relaxed manner. While you are eating, try not to think about negative things or work. In traditional medicine, stressing while eating damages the body’s digestive ability, and the ability to transform and transport the nutrients all around the body.
Drink plenty of WATER, starting as soon as you wake up. It’s like filling up your gas tank, early on. Being well hydrated benefits the skin, the health of the spine and brain, and all the body processes.
Achieving dietary goals starts with small, daily steps. As you eat better, you begin to feel better…
Positive behavior feeds on itself!