One of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine was the Greek physician Hippocrates. He sums up the importance of optimal nutrition choices in one line:
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food"
With winter upon us, now is a great time to focus on increasing the number of positive choices when it comes to nourishing our bodies with great nutrition.
Here are my top 5 tips for optimal nutrition:
1. Base your nutritional regime around whole foods
Think nuts, seeds, grains, fruits, vegetables, pulses and meat. Make choices in these food groups that are as close to the original food as possible. This helps ensure the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients (the things that nourish you) are still intact. Eg raw almonds instead of roasted and / or salted ones!
2. Choose organic
Organic farming places the utmost importance on caring for the soil because it forms the basis for health, for all life forms. Healthy soil encourages healthy, disease resistant plants, which then transfers to the animals and people who consume those plants. By choosing organic, you are opting for food that has been grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and without the routine use of antibiotics.
3. Drink water
Your body can survive a surprisingly long time without food but it will not last more than a few days without water. Optimal hydration is critical to ensure our muscles and nerves function properly, and even mild dehydration can lead to feelings of lethargy. How much to drink? The answer is quite simple – drink until your wee is clear or almost clear. What an easy way to measure whether you're getting enough!
4. Take time to plan and prepare for eating well
It takes time and preparation to change your habits. Schedule out time to write shopping lists, shop for food and prepare meals. Plan to eat before you shop to minimize the chance of giving in to temptation foods – or shop online to minimize even further. Make bulk meals to freeze for busy nights and set away time to prepare a packed lunch the night before. Keep useful kitchen items in easy to reach places – for example, put the blender on the bench rather than in the cupboard so that healthy smoothie preparation is quick and easy.
5. Change only one small thing at a time
You may feel overwhelmed by wondering where to start improving your nutrition. Do not. Just start. Make one small, achievable change and once that becomes a habit (something you can do without a major effort), then focus on something else. Small changes are the key to success. For example, instead of saying "I'm only going to eat whole foods from now on and forever", instead make your target more realistic such as "I'm going to increase to eat at least 4 different vegetables per day on at least 5 days every week ".
Source by Elly McGuinness