• Nichole M, Nutritionist

Five Tips for Eating Healthier





How do you know if the foods that you're eating are good for you or not?

There are many large companies that market their products as being healthy, but how do you really know how healthy they are? I can help you to figure out what foods you should be eating and what foods you shouldn’t be eating. Read my 5 handy tips below to help you eat more healthfully.


Tip #1

Eat organic whenever possible!

One thing that I know for sure is that the pesticides that are sprayed on fruits and vegetables are not good for us. Most pesticides are so bad that it is suggested, they could be cancer causing, or in the very least cause a disruption of normal hormonal functioning within the body.

Here is an updated list of which fruits and vegetables are the most harmful to us, when not purchased organic. To find this list visit the EWG website. EWG’s dirty dozen list, these are the fruits and vegetables that you definitely should be buying organic whenever possible. EWG’s dirty dozen https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/dirty_dozen_list.php#.WmPCdainHIU this second link takes you to a list of the clean fifteen, these are the fruits and veggies that you don’t have to worry about buying organic. EWG’s clean fifteen: https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/clean_fifteen_list.php#.WmPCvainHIU




Tip#2

Eat foods in a balanced way!

Vegetables, carbohydrates, proteins and fats are ALL essential to a healthy diet! One of the most helpful things that I have learned is that life, is all about balance, if you live a balanced life, you will be happy and healthy!




Life is all about balance

Try to plan your meals with a focus on vegetables carbohydrates and proteins that are healthy for your body, don’t forget to add some healthy fats in there too! Opt for lean protein sources like poultry or fish over red meats, which are high in artery clogging fats! Eat whole grain breads, instead of processed white flour breads. Eat more fruits and vegetables instead of reaching for processed snack foods. Every thing that you can do to improve the way that you eat, is going to help to improve your future health, and the way that you feel!


Tip#3

Chemical additives are not good for you!

Try to avoid eating chemical additives, whenever possible, chemical additives are not good for our bodies. Look for items that don’t contain a huge list of additives. These kinds of additives are typically preservatives.


Here is a list of common food additives, courtesy of web MD:


High fructose corn syrup:

What it is: High fructose corn syrup is a sweetener made from corn. It's sweeter and cheaper than sucrose, which is the form of sugar made from sugar cane.

Aspartame

What it is: Aspartame is an artificial sweetener known by various brand names, including Equal and NutraSweet.

Monosodium Glutamate:

What it is: MSG by itself looks like salt or sugar crystals. It is a form of the naturally occurring chemical glutamate. Glutamate doesn't have a flavor of its own, but it enhances other flavors and imparts a savory taste. Tomatoes, soybeans, and seaweed are examples of foods that have a lot of glutamate naturally. Some scientists say that glutamate, also known as "umami," is the fifth essential flavor that the human palate can detect, in addition to sweet, salty, bitter, and sour.

Sodium benzoate:

What it is: Sodium benzoate is a food additive used as a preservative.

Sodium Nitrite:

What it is: Sodium nitrite is an additive used for curing meat.

Tran’s fat:

What it is: Tran’s fats are created when manufacturers add hydrogen to vegetable oil. Tran’s fats are food additives in the sense that they're mainly added to the food supply by manufacturing processes, although small amounts of Tran’s fats are present naturally in animal fat.


It’s a bit overwhelming isn’t it? The examples above are just SOME of the additives, which are allowed to be added to our foods! There are many more! My rule of thumb is, if you can’t pronounce the list of ingredient(s), you probably don’t want to be eating that particular food!




Tip#4

Read the nutrition label

The nutrient content of foods is laid out on the nutrition label. This is typically found on the side or the back of packaged foods. This is one of the only true ways to determine how healthy a product is. You will want to pay attention to the sugar content, fiber content, cholesterol, carbohydrate content, amount of protein and fats. You should be reading the labels of ALL products you buy, including personal care products and cleaners! Anything you use in your home and environment or on yourself is absorbed into your body through your skin. The basic rule of thumb here is that if you wouldn't eat it, you shouldn't bathe in it or put it on your skin.




Tip#5

If it comes in a box or can, chances are it isn’t too healthy!

Does it come conveniently boxed or canned? Is your typical breakfast a boxed cereal, which has a cartoon character on it? If your breakfast cereal has a cartoon character on the box, chances are that you aren’t eating healthy! Most of the heavily marketed and advertised cereals aren’t good for you. Always read the nutrient labels and list of ingredients.

If your diet consists of mostly boxed convenience foods, than I can tell you, you are not eating a healthy diet. You should be doing most of your grocery shopping in the outside isles of the grocery store. Typically the inside isles of the grocery store contain most of the heavily processed foods. If you are looking for really healthy foods, most often they won’t come in convenient boxed or canned forms. You will probably have to take a little more time in preparing your meals. You will need to decide, what is more important to you, your health or convenience? I really hope that you will choose your health.

Are you looking for more in depth and personalized information about what you should be eating? Give me a call 705-872-2588 or email me innerbalance@eathealthy2bpainfree.com www.eathealthy2bpainfree.com

I provide needle free, sensitivity and imbalance testing and BASE allergy sessions, helping to relieve you of your annoying allergy symptoms, allowing you to enjoy the foods you want to eat and enjoy the outdoors again!

Learn more about BASE allergy sessions and how they can help to relieve your allergy symptoms here: https://www.eathealthy2bpainfree.com/base-allergy-sessions




Nichole M

Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioner, BASE allergy consultant.

Inner Balance Health Solutions

Peterborough, Ontario

705-872-2588

innerbalance@eathealthy2bpainfree.com

www.eathealthy2bpainfree.com



References used in the above article:

Web MD http://www.webmd.com/diet/the-truth-about-seven-common-food-additives?page=5

Health Canada: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/securit/addit/list/3-colour-color-eng.php

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