Healthy Eating is a key element in our wellbeing. Poor eating habits can lead to poor physical and poor mental health. Taking a holistic approach to our health includes healthy eating as a key component to our wellbeing.
In North America we are currently eating what is known as the Standard American Diet (SAD) and our health is suffering. So, how do we adopt a diet that benefits our health and fits in with our lifestyle. Making simple changes can make a big difference and as we feel our health improve and learn new healthy habits we will be encouraged to make more positive changes.
Michael Pollan said it best when he laid down these 3 rules for healthy eating:
NOT TOO MUCH
These seven words form the basis of a healthy diet, but what do they mean?
Eat Food this includes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, lean proteins, minimizing processed food
Not Too Much - portion control is important, servings sizes have increased drastically over the years
Mostly Plants - the majority of our diet should come from the plant world. These are the foods loaded with the nutrients required for healthy living
SUGAR - What is it doing to our health?
In 1800 the average person consumed 5 lbs of sugar per year, today figures show that on average this amount has increased to 90lbs per year for Canadians! How has this increase in sugar consumption affected our health
Canadians only get about half of the recommended fibre in their diets. On average we are getting about 15 grams of fibre per day. We should be aiming for 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. Wow! How do we increase our fibre intake and why is it important?
We hear that term all the time, but what does it mean? Clean eating is what we have been talking about in all of the articles above. Ensuring that we are eating real unprocessed food, the majority of which should be vegetables and minimizing the added sugar we get in our diet. Easy to say but putting it into practise sounds daunting.
Here is a 3 day plan that will get you started. This plan is also dairy and gluten free. The meal plans are quick and easy to make and help you to plan ahead. Give it a try! It's only 3 days and you might be surprised at how good you feel.