In our last post, we shared the first five markers in your journey to your optimum health. Have you taken the first steps? Are you excited to hear more? We can’t wait to hear your stories as you move forward. Here are tips 6-10.
6. Fruit – your best option for “sweet.”
- Fruit makes a great dessert or snack.
- Eat with nuts – the protein will balance the glucose tolerance factor.
- Variety is always a plus.
- Choose them as a delicious replacement for high-sugar, high-carb processed foods.
- Skip the sweetened ones – go for roasted with sea salt.
- They make a great salad topping.
- Beans make a great source of protein and fiber – try for 2X/week.
8. Focus on fish, eggs, and poultry.
- Use them as your side dish, rather than main – 4oz. servings are sufficient.
- Enjoy fish – we’re not talking fried – twice a week.
- Salmon and Tuna – wild-caught in northern waters – are rich in Omegas.
- Eggs – organic are a rich source of protein.
- Use free range, organic poultry.
- Ok, so you want red meat – that’s acceptable, but serve it occasionally, rather than every day, and buy organic, grass-fed, no hormones.
- Dairy is another source of protein - cultured products like kefir, yogurt, and fresh curd cheeses aid in digestion.
9. Don’t forget those brain-building healthy fats – 4-6 servings(1tsp.) per day.
- Use an organic, high-quality extra-virgin olive oil for cooking and baking.
- Add seasonings and a little balsamic vinegar for dipping.
- Walnut oil and canola oils are also rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
- Skip margarine and only use organic butter from grass-fed cows.
- Avocados are a wonderful, delicious source of healthy fat.
10. Satisfy your palate with tasty whole grains
- “Whole grains” means whole grains – freshly ground when you can.
- Go for variety – barley, quinoa, brown rice, and amaranth are just a few of the choices available.
- Try sprouted and fermented grains for a change in taste.
Does this sound overwhelming? Are you starting fresh? Take it slow. Introduce one or two concepts to your diet at a time and get used to it before adding more. If you’re switching to whole grains, do 1 part whole and two parts refined initially and keep adding a little more whole until you are at 100%.
Focus on your attitude – consider it an exciting journey – not a doomsday ultimatum. At first, you may feel flu-like symptoms caused by withdrawal, but most people will soon feel better than ever – physically, emotionally, and mentally.