No judgement here! I do not mind if you are Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo , Keto, the list goes on…Regardless of your dietary preferences there are ways that you can optimise your diet.
Focus on wholefoods
If there is one thing that every diet should have in common, it’s a focus on wholefoods. Refined, processed and additive-packed junk foods don’t help anyone. But wholefoods that are unprocessed and as nature created them are full of nutrition and flavour.
- Grass-fed meat
- Free-range/pasture raised poultry and eggs
- Sustainably sourced fish and shellfish
Add more plants
Almost everyone could benefit from adding more vegetables into their diet. They contain many essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Vegetables are also an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fibre, supporting your gut health.
But the best part is that there are vegetables to suit every diet approach out there. For a ketogenic diet, leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are fantastic. Following a Paleo diet? Fuel up with some potato and sweet potato. Gone plant-based, vegetarian or vegan? Feast on every vegetable available!
When it comes to plant foods, if you can’t afford or access organic, biodynamic spinach, it’s fine to eat spinach from the supermarket.
Enjoy your treats
Don’t force yourself to eat foods you hate
If you hate the food you eat, you are not eating a healthy diet.
I have personal experience with this! I was making my son eat foods that were actually triggering symptoms of his autoimmune disease….
So find a way to make healthy food enjoyable for you. Try different cooking methods, using seasonal ingredients and new flavours. There is a way for everyone to enjoy good, nutritious food.
Prepare your food
There is a reason why many ancient cultures have elaborate ways of preparing food. They knew that many foods can be prepped to maximise flavour AND nutrient absorption.
If you eat meat, marinate them before cooking. If you enjoy beans and legumes, you can soak and sprout them. Even nuts and seeds can be soaked and dried to ‘activate’ them.
How you eat is just as important as what you eat. If you’re shovelling down a salad on the run, in the car or at your desk, you’re not going to get much out of it. In fact, you’re less likely to chew your food properly and feel satiated. Instead of making meal time stressful, take 20 minutes out to focus on your food.
Everyone has a different ‘perfect’ diet. To get a program tailored to your needs, preferences and more, book in an appointment today.