“What are the Best Foods” that are going to support your Body to Optimal Health?
Providing you with essential vitamins, minerals, to provide energy and to support your body with its everyday functions and activities.
The Best Foods to provide your body with all of these needs are fresh, wholesome foods with as little to no processing as possible. Free from chemically derived ingredients and additives.
The First Step is to –
- Eliminate animal foods that you don’t eat on a regular basis. For me this was red meat. In my early adult life red meat just didn’t seem to agree with me. So it was easy not to choose it.
- Add more plant foods to your meal. Such as sweet potato, parsnips, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, pumpkin, beans, peas, broccoli, kale. Also foods such as Quinoa, Brown rice, Black rice these are great sources of nutrients, fibre and protein. See below for further suggestions and health benefits.
Nuts are a great source of nutrition, protein and fibre. They also aid healthy digestion. These include either roasted or raw unsalted – Cashews, Almonds, Pine Nuts, Walnuts etc.
Wanting to Move toward becoming a Vegetarian
- Gradually move away from chicken or fish. If you do choose to go totally vegetarian then you could say go alternate days to begin with, including either fish or chicken in your meal. Whilst decreasing the portion size. Then you may work toward just having one or two of these meals per week, to fortnightly, monthly until you feel quite happy to eliminate them altogether.
- Eating out can be somewhat of a challenge even though many restaurants are beginning to cater for vegetarians and vegans. The menu selection for these meals still leaves a lot to be desired. Don’t be afraid to ask if you see a meal that you like but don’t want the meat part of it, then ask for the meal without the chicken or beef. This will depend a great deal as to how strict you want to become, because quite often a red meat meal will be cooked with the vegetables or rice. But you can check on this and ask.
- Be Prepared stock your fridge with plenty of vegetables and plant based foods. Your pantry with nuts, seeds, wholegrain rice, quinoa, rice noodles and spelt pasta. This helps you to stay on track.
- You will find many of your non-dairy and vegetarian health food choices in your local health food shop and even at your local Fruit and Vegetable outlet.
However, still be aware of food labelling and that processed food no matter how healthy!!! Still has added salt and often sugar.
Find some simple, yet yummy recipes that you like and use flavours such as basil, bay leaves, thyme, mint, garlic, fennel, onion, caraway seeds, dill and many more.
Next Step is to increase your daily intake of plant foods – follow this link to learn more about these foods and how they support your body.