We’re not all not lucky enough to sit down with a personal nutritionist and have them give us personal recommendations (you can download Nutrino for that), so we brought Karin G. Reiter, owner/founder of Nutritious N’ Delicious, medical nutritionist, all while being an amazing mama and wife. A lot of us are just as busy as Karin, balancing family and multiple career endeavours, but that doesn’t mean we can’t eat healthy. Specialising in nutritional, health and lifestyle education with an emphasis on disease prevention, Karin’s bringing us her top 10 nutrition tips.
Good nutrition is not about deprivation or restriction, it is about understanding what food is made up of and how you can ensure your food choices link in with the goals your have for your body, and ultimately your life.
1. Focus on inclusion, not exclusion—once you eat enough good whole foods you won’t have room for the bad foods.
2. Try to increase the amount of whole, natural, real, fresh, organic, local, seasonal and unprocessed or minimally processed foods (i.e. foods with low human intervention). Foods that are closest to their natural form are rich in nutrients and thus always highest in nutritional value.
3. The base for most meals should be fresh “living foods”; vegetables and fruits as well as pre-sprouted legumes/beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
4. Eat a rainbow, choose a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables to ensure you’re getting the most nutrients for your body, which in turn leads to you feeling satisfied.
5. Try to avoid “white foods” (white bread, white rice, white pasta, white flour, salt & sugar).
6. Make sure to reduce your consumption of harmful, processed oils and increase my intake of good, healthy oils from healthy sources such as seeds, nuts, avocados, olive oil & flaxseeds.
7. To reduce consumption of unnecessary synthetic hormones or antibiotics, consciously choose grass-fed organic beef or lamb and organic chicken, eggs & dairy.
8. When choosing juices, always opt for freshly squeezed juices and always include vegetables in my juice.
9. Build your menus around some of the well known superfoods so you can ensure you are getting a wide spectrum of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants (and basically, more nutritional bang for your buck!)
10. Keep yourself and your family far away from sugar and its products. Too much sugar creates blood sugar highs and lows, causing mood swings and food cravings.
Give your body what it really needs and you eliminate food cravings which are essentially your body telling you it is not getting sufficient nutrients.
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