Food & Wellness

When it comes to food and nutrition I eat healthy organic food that's gluten free. I eat a vegan plant based diet, this dramatically helped my well being due to medical issues I had in the past. I try to sleep for at least eight hours and meditate for at least 30 minutes per day. See below for some tips that helped me do better with nutrition and wellness. 

 

Keys To Proper Nutrition

Hydration

  • Many of us are mildly dehydrated, which impairs nearly every bodily function.
  • Drink small amounts of water frequently throughout the day, even if you're not thirsty.
  • Coffee, black tea, sugary drinks and salt are dehydrating.
  • Try to drink a gallon of water a day

Additives, Preservatives, Hormones, Pesticides

  • Check ingredients and packaging information for:
    • Coloring agents
    • Artificial sweeteners such as Acesulfame-K, Aspartame, Equal, NutraSweet, Saccharin, Sweet'n Low, Sucralose, Splenda, Sorbitol
    • Preservatives such as BHT, BHA, TBHQ
    • MSG (Monosodium glutamate)
  • Wash produce in water mixed with apple cider vinegar or baking soda to avoid pesticides.
  • Grass-fed, free-range, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free animal products are preferable.
  • Try to buy organic as much as possible

Personal Nutrition

  • Many people are allergic to: dairy products, eggs, nuts, soy, wheat and fish.
  • The goal is to be aware of the foods that agree with you and those that are difficult to digest, make you irritable, produce mucus, cause fatigue, etc.
  • If combining different food groups (such as dairy, meat and grains) causes tiredness, consider splitting what you would normally eat in one meal into two snacks
  • No coffee 4 to 6 hours before bedtime

When You Eat

  • Skipping meals reduces calorie intake, but it slows the metabolism and may lead to bingeing.
  • Eating small meals throughout the day maintains even blood-sugar levels and a fast metabolism.
  • Most people should avoid eating within 2 hours of going to sleep. If a late-night snack helps you sleep, try fruit, nut milk, or wholegrain cereal rather than protein.

How You Eat

  • Slow down and savor each bite. Chewing food well is key to optimal digestion.
  • If eating slowly is a struggle, try putting down the fork from time to time, using chopsticks, or matching your pace to a slow-eating friend.
  • Watching television, talking, or reading while you eat can slow down digestion as well as make it difficult to tell how quickly and how much you're eating.

Foods To Avoid

  • Sugar
  • Candy
  • Cookies
  • Cake
  • Chips
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Dairy including Chocolate, Cheese, Milk, Ice Cream and Yogurt
  • Chemically treated processed foods including pork, bacon, sausage, fried foods and deli meats
  • Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, saccharine, sucralose
  • Artificial food additives such as colors and preservatives.
  • Corn
  • White potatoes

Note: Not everyone is the same and these methods may not work for everyone. Try different methods to find out what works best for you and your body. Remember, a healthy body can make a healthy mind.