We are what we eat
We are what we eat? How many times have we heard or read this statement? But is it really true? If we eat a diet totally comprised of chicken burgers or broccoli will our appearance really take on the form of the food?
Morgan Spurlock’s documentary “Super-size me” is available on line to watch and graphically illustrates the damaging effects of unhealthy food choices and re-enforces that you literally ARE what you eat. Out of all the things you spend your money on, food is the most important. Your body is constantly repairing, building and regenerating cells, and the raw materials for this building process come from what we eat. Much of our modern diet cannot truly be called ‘food’, as it usually has some natural stuff taken away and some synthetic stuff added, as well as having its chemical structure altered in some way – it’s not really the stuff that our bodies were designed to function on.
Nutrition – new you
For millions of years the quest for food has helped to shape human development, the organisation of society and history itself. The science of nutrition is relatively new but it is becoming widely respected as eminent scientists and members of the medical profession acknowledge the vital influence of food intake on the body.
Scientific evidence supports the statement that only nutrient-rich food can provide you with all the nutrients you need to promote health. A well balanced diet not only results in better health it’s the best way to achieve an ideal weight and look and feel great.
Food – the foundation of good health
When you’re young you have the chance to put down a good basis for later life. Until your mid to late twenties you are still building bone density and developing your immune system. Although later life may seem years away and not relevant to you at the momentit’s worth taking a minute to consider that our generation is the first generation that is likely not to outlive its parents!!! It’s a scary statistic but one that is totally within our control to influence.
By the time the body starts showing outward signs of continuous bad food choices – no energy, dry or over greasy skin. bad breath, breathlessness, aching muscles and joints, the list is endless – the internal damage to our cells, tissues and organs will already be far greater. Don’t wait until you show signs of disease – take control of your health now.
About Michele Nowell our Wellgood Food Guru
Michele is a Nutritional Therapist with a son and a daughter just out of University. She passionately believes in the healing power of nature and nutrition. She is a qualified Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist working with an integrated approach to healing that focuses on the whole person. Her work is all about educating, empowering and supporting her clients to tap into their own innate healing abilities and restore balance and wellbeing. She is also a well being coach and specialises in supporting clients suffering from ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia back to recovery.
If you would like to consult Michele on any of the above problems you can contact he via her website www.live-pure.co.uk
Your body is a machine
We have to understand and appreciate how the body functions. It is rather like a highly technical and sophisticated car or machine. It operates as a single entity but is made up of a number of systems that are dependent on each other. Within these systems are various different levels. The lowest is chemical. Atoms combine to form molecules which combine to form cells. Cells are the smallest independent units of living matter in the body and there are a mind-boggling 60 trillion of them in your body. Too small to be seen by the naked eye, cells are grouped together as tissues and then organs. Each cell is specialised and performs a particular function that contributes to your body’s needs.
Everything we eat and drink directly affects our cells which need specific vitamins and minerals depending on the role they have to perform.
Food rules OK
Here are some general dietary guidelines that will help you achieve good health. So let’s be honest you can’t expect to do them all at once, but just like everything else good eating becomes a habit. Also don’t expect to live your life by these rules every day – but the closer you get to following them the more your body will forgive you if you have a day off and a bit of a binge down the burger bar!
- Start each day with a cup of warm water (you can add lemon juice or fresh ginger if you desire) – this helps get the digestive system moving and rids the body of waste and toxins
- Eat three meals a day, at regular times if possible and have breakfast by 10 am
- Snacks are optional – only eat them when you are hungry and don’t confuse hunger for boredom. If you have eaten well at meal times snacks should not be needed. If you can miss out on snacks you will give your digestive system a well earned rest
- Never eat to the extent that you feel stuffed – always stop eating before you feel full
- Don’t overdo the calories
- Eat fruit and/or vegetables at every meal
- Make the food on your plate as colourful as possible – this will ensure that you are taking in a broad range of not only vitamins and minerals by essential phytonutrients key in the prevention of disease
- Some of these should be eaten raw every day – in the form of salads, juices, smoothies, vegetable crudités for example
- -wo-thirds of your plate at lunch and dinner should be vegetables with the remaining third lean protein
- Eat lean protein with every snack and meal – a portion of protein should measure approximately the size of the palm of your hand
- Starches (grains and potatoes) are optional at meal times but should be used in small portions
- Eat a variety of whole, natural, unprocessed foods and try not to eat the same food every day. Try to prepare food from scratch to reduce the amount of preservatives and chemicals entering your body
- Be aware of pesticides and other chemicals used in food production – read labels
- Replace all white starches (bread, pasta, rice, bagels) with wholemeal varieties
- Avoid genetically modified foods
- Avoid commercially processed foods as much as possible – remember low fat or low sugar labels mean “overloaded with chemicals”
- Chew your food
- Eat slowly and enjoy your food, sharing it with family and friends whenever possible
- Drink 1.5 litres if water a day – more it you are physically active. Filtered water is best.
- Try to stick to these guidelines as much as possible but don’t become obsessive.
In the coming weeks we’ll share with you how you can easily incorporate healthy foods as a regular part of your diet.