NUTRITION: WHAT'S MY ULTIMATE HEALTH UMBRELLA
I am often get asked what constitutes 'health' or a ‘healthy person’? I truly don't believe there is a singular answer to this question, or one that will satisfy everyone. We all have a different perception of health, what being healthy means, sometimes this is good, but sometimes it can be detrimental to your health, goals, and longevity! It's very subjective, and takes into account so many different factors, such as lifestyle, sex, environment, where someone lives, metabolic rate, genetics, metabolism, thyroid function, liver strength, activity, etc....An extensive list that's for sure, but I DO believe there is an umbrella of healthy thoughts, actions, habits that one can create, and take action on to be a 'healthy person' wherever one lies on the spectrum.
I love the umbrella view on it, because there are many different things that can fit under these commonalities, view points and habits. Maybe you practice a handful of these things, maybe all of them, or maybe none, but you're wanting to shift to a healthier lifestyle. All are welcome and supported, and any small shift and step to a healthier way of being is incredible and should be celebrated!
No one is perfect, or the King or Queen of health, we live in a world where perfection doesn't exist, and we simply have to navigate this life, through our own intuition, guidance and inner soul. What feels right to you, might not feel right to someone else.
The message that I share, is one that I hope echoes wide. I simply want to bring health, wellness, nutrition, and lifestyle to people in the easiest way possible. Through simple and wholesome recipes, easy and digestible tips, motivation through words, and support through my coaching. We are all navigating the same boat, and it's not always easy.
SO if you aren't doing any or all of the below, that's ok! Tomorrow is a new day, next year is a new year, we can create change when we are willing and wanting to.
But here are some 'definitions' of what makes up a 'healthier being'.
1) “IMMUNE” TO HEALTH AND DIETING TRENDS (BECAUSE WE KNOW IT’S ALL MARKETING)
Whether it’s a raspberry ketone craze (Hello Dr.Oz!), the latest belly fat banishing diet, or the newest reincarnation of a low carb diet, we can laugh at this because we know health trends usually have nothing to do with being healthy!
2) LOVE AND SUPPORT OUR LOCAL FARMERS
Giving some love and appreciation to the local farmer that grows your food is yet another way to support small sustainable farms over factory farms and monocropping.
3) LISTEN TO OUR BODIES MORE THAN A DOCTOR, AND DON’T TRUST ANY ONE PERSON TO MAKE OUR HEALTH DECISIONS
In the world of Western Medicine, it can be dangerous to trust any one medical opinion as bond. Healthy people get a second opinion when something feels wrong, and they seek out natural alternatives whenever possible.
With my health journey, I saw many, many medical specialists. Had MRI’s, spinal taps, blood samples/tests/testing, etc . . . The tests showed nothing, and no one really listened to me, or believed in my symptoms, most actually thought I was crazy and just wanted to prescribe me meds for anxiety and depression (which I didn't take, as I knew something deeper was taking place).
4) HEALTH STARTS WITH SPENDING TIME IN THE KITCHEN
It’s pretty hard to be healthy if you can't find time to be in the kitchen preparing food! Your kitchen should be your best friend. Knowledge is power.
5) SEE FOOD COSTS AS AN INVESTMENT IN “HEALTHCARE”
Healthy people are aware that many pharmaceutical drugs are just a synthetic imitation of plant compounds! In order to patent a drug you need to synthetically alter it because nothing found in nature can be patented. So you see aspirin inspired by the salicylic acid in white willow bark, and valium inspired by compounds of valerian root. Take this as further confirmation that real food is indeed medicine!
6) VOTE WITH OUR FORKS, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO GMO’S AND PESTICIDES
When it comes to eating, healthy people walk the walk, not just talk the talk! We choose organic, local and non-GMO foods whenever possible over the alternative.
I try to eat 95-100% organic when I have pure control over my food aka cooking at home. This is something I value very, very highly and therefore budget for this. But I'm not perfect!!! And I’m not 100% militant about it, as I believe that food should also be fun, and when other people make you food out of there heart and soul, I will enjoy it with absolute pleasure as it’s so full of love! The other magical ingredient.
7) TAKE PRIDE IN EATING NOURISHING FOODS THAT THEIR GREAT GRANDMOTHER WOULD RECOGNIZE AS FOOD
Would your great grandmother smother margarine on her toast or cook her foods in canola and soybean oil– something that her body didn’t crave? Not likely. They use butter, or olive oil, and go back to the roots of what food used to be.
8)LOOK FOR SHORT INGREDIENT LISTS, AND WE KNOW WHAT WE ARE PUTTING IN OUR BODY
Before processed food, there were no ingredient lists, just home cooked food! Take that as a clue and always keep your ingredient lists on the shorter side, always make sure you can clearly pronounce and identify them! I usually look for 5 ingredients or less, and try not to eat non-packaged food, although it's sometimes unavoidable all the time (canned organic beans in a pinch, tahini, pumpkin seed butter, organic popcorn, raw chocolate :) ).
9) LISTEN TO OUR BODY AND EAT WHAT WE WANT WHEN WE WANT IT
Your body is much smarter than you give it credit for, and your cravings will usually mirror macro-nutrients (carbs, proteins, fats) or micro-nutrients (vitamins, minerals) needed by your body to maintain health!
For example, if you're craving chocolate it's because your body is lacking magnesium
Caffeine, lacking Iron and Sodium
Alcohol lacking B2 (riboflavin) , etc... Your body is constantly speaking to you!
10) EAT ENOUGH FOOD TO GET THE NUTRIENTS WE REALLY NEED!
Any time you limit calories or food intake, you restrict the nutrients you consume! Healthy people know this and eat enough of the right foods to satisfy their body and their nutritional bank account.
Do you see yourself in any of these statements?
What is under your health Umbrella? Again, it's not about being perfect, but finding what works for you, and you only.
Have a beautiful start to your week!
love & light,