I have been on a long transformational journey with food the last 10 years and it came from my heightened sensitivity and increased awareness. To me food is energy and the energy I put into my body is the energy that I also become one with. As I started becoming more and more intolerant to dairy many years ago, I had to shift my focus to understand the food I was eating better and how it was affecting me. I also started seeing a huge difference in gut health and over all vitality when I shifted from dairy to plant-based milk. There is no ONE right way to eat, because we are all different and have different needs. Listen to your body, respond to it and give it what it truly needs.
Food is our energy and it is crucial that we focus on the foods we eat to feel happier and healthier. Starting the day with room temperature lemon water is a great way of starting the day by cleansing the body. I firmly believe that we need to eat natural food in order to get the proper nurture that we need. With natural foods I mean:
- Food that is not processed and packaged (there are natural foods that are packaged)
- Food that does not contain E numbers and preservation substances.
- Foods that do NOT contain processed sugars (regular white table sugar) or processed salt (rather use pink Himalayan salt)
- Decrease intake of gluten (wheat) and increase more fibers and whole grains. You can easily switch your regular flour to gluten-free options such as buckwheat flour.
- A lot of greens and fruits everyday to get Chlorophyll and other natural vitamins and minerals.
Generally, to improve your health, moving toward filling your diet with more plant based option and decreasing meat and dairy consumption is great. This affects your gut, heart and brain. If you can increase your daily intake of food with at least one green smoothie, another serving of greens or fruits, you will feel and have improvements in your health.
One of the first things i learned when taking nutrition classes were that we need to know how to read food labels in order to understand the produce that we consume. On the packages that we buy, the first ingredient written on the label is what the product mostly contains. So it is important to not let the name of the product fool you, instead take a look what the first ingredient it. If it is sugar, wheat or other chemicals, it is probably not so good for you and produced in the cheapest way possible. If you want to read a simple guide about reading the labels you can check this article out. I also prefer my food organic to the greatest extent that I can, and even more importantly it should be produced locally.
You do not have to change all of your routines and habits all at one time. But if you take a new action each day, week or month, it will benefit your health in the long run.