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Fuel Your Body: The Importance of Healthy Nutrition

I absolutely love food, always have. I love the flavors, smell and experience of enjoying a good meal. My mom tells the story that it would bring her pleasure to watch me eat growing up because she could tell I savored it.

I'm not going claim to be a nutritionist because I’m not but over the past 20 years have educated myself about foods and diets. I follow a certain approach that works works for me.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

Be conscious of the foods you eat.

  • Feed your body healthy whole natural organic food as close to the way nature had intended. Unprocessed organic ingredients contain the most “life force”.

  • Eat food that is grown or lives locally as much as possible (support your local organic farmers).

  • If you’re going to eat meat make it free range and grass fed.

  • A nutrient-dense real food diet satisfies appetite in smaller amounts than deficient factory foods.

  • Avoid food that contains Genetically Modified Organisms(GMO).

You want to eat a more alkaline diet. Ideally, a balanced diet is 80% alkaline and 20% acidic.

  • Foods that are more balancing such as nuts, fruits, and vegetables.

  • Foods higher in potassium increase alkalinity.

  • Acid foods include meat, coffee, sugar and grains.

  • Eating more alkaline foods helps your body’s pH to be slightly more alkaline.

Studies show that eating alkaline foods:

  • Increases lean muscle mass

  • Protects bone density

  • Lowers chronic pain and inflammation

  • Reduces risk of high blood pressure and stroke

  • Boosts vitamin and mineral absorption

  • Improves immune function

  • Protects against cancer

  • Helps with weight management.

Create ample time to eat (chew your food well) and for the most effective assimilation of our food eat while seated. Food deserves respect and reverence so say a prayer of gratitude or set and intention before you eat. Fill in the gaps of your diet with good quality concentrated whole herbal foods, beverages and supplementation.

Intermittent Fasting

  • You can fast for 12 hours starting after sunset to post-sunrise, and it will give your kidneys, lungs, liver and bowel the required time and space for detoxification.

  • Fasting shifts your body from using glucose as its primary fuel to burning fat as fuel, which benefits your health way beyond weight loss.

  • Efficient fat burning promotes health.

  • Fat is a far cleaner burning fuel than carbohydrates and generates far less free radicals.

A great deal of research is available on intermittent fasting, sometimes called TRF (Time Restricted Feeding) which promotes eating in a narrow window of time, typically 6-8 hours every day. Healthy cells can burn fat, cancer cells cannot. This is why a healthy high-fat diet appears to be such an effective health strategy. Intermittent fasting is the perfect and most natural way to detoxify your body.

Good nutrition is crucial in leading a long healthy life. It reduces our risk of illness and injury because your body has the right nutrients to repair, restore, and protect.

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