Nutrition Basics: Change Your Diet to Change Your Life-Part 1

Book: LOVE YOUR BODY 

By Author: TALIA FUHRMAN 

Everyone knows that eating healthy is good for you right? RIGHT! How many people actually eat a healthy, balanced diet? Not so many. Moreover, how many people have a healthy relationship with food? How many people actually enjoy what they eat without obsessively counting calories and feeling guilty after indulging in something they love whether it is brownies, cookies, pizza or cheesecake! ( CHEESECAKE! OH.MY.GOD, ahem, anyways…). With obesity and eating disorders being on the rise, eating a healthy, balanced, nutrient-full diet should be taken more seriously than ever.

Here is the thing, though: Many people want to eat a healthy diet, they just don’t know where to start. The internet is filled with all kinds of information; How do we know which tips to follow and which tips to ignore? Luckily for us, credible individuals like Talia Fuhrman ( who has a degree in nutritional Sciences from Cornell University) decided to write this amazing book!

That being said, I decided to summarize some nutrition basics that I learned from the book! These basics will help you kick-start your way to a healthy, balanced and satisfying diet.

Here we go:

  • Eat as many green vegetables as you can. Basically, they contain chemicals called Phytochemicals. Our bodies need these beautiful chemicals to fight diseases and function well. Examples of plant foods that are rich in phytochemicals include Kale, Bok Choy, Spinach, Collards, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, and Asparagus.
  • You want to have a healthy, glowing skin? FEAR NOT, MOTHER NATURE HAS GOT YOUR BACK!  Don’t just eat green Vegetables, eat red and orange plant foods! Red, green and orange plant foods contain a high amount of Carotenoids; They are a family of phytochemicals ( a beautiful family, I gotta say!)  that strengthen our immune system, fight serious, chronic diseases and reduce free-radical damage, which keeps our skin glowy and young. So what contains the highest amount of Carotenoids? Dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, squashes, Cantaloupe, Apricots, Tomatoes, and Carrots, just to name a few.

You must be thinking” Sounds Great!! Now, Where am I getting my proteins from?” Always a fun question to answer. Meat is the source with the least amount of protein out there. Worry not, though! MOTHER NATURE ALWAYS HAS OUR BACKS!

  • Plant foods that are rich in protein: Green vegetables. (No, this is not a joke! 1 cup of cooked spinach has 7 grams of protein. In fact, Broccoli has more than double the protein of a sirloin steak!! ). Moreover, Nut and Seem Butters, Tofu, Edamame, Lentils, Beans, Hemp seeds, Quinoa are so rich in proteins! Knock yourself out.
  • Get your Calcium for clean sources. By clean sources, I mean non-dairy products. The truth is, humans were not designed to drink cow’s boob milk (CMB). ( That is a serious name, by the way!  Talia referred to it like that in the book). If you were a baby cow, would you like someone to share your food with you? I DON’T THINK SO! Also, the best thing you can do for your skin and bones is to stop consuming dairy!(More about that in future posts).  Calcium-Clean sources include Leafy green vegetables ( they are awesome, I know! Look how much nutritional value they have!), Broccoli, Unprocessed Soy products ( such as soybeans, soy nuts, tofu, tempeh and soy milk), Non-Dairy milk ( Almond, hemp, coconut, rice, flax and sunflower seed milk), Orange Juice, Tahini, Almonds, Navy Beans and Blackstrap Molasses.

I hope you get to include some of these awesome plant foods in your diet! If you are looking for recipes, I would definitely recommend reading this book. I will be writing about other nutrition basics in the next post, so stay tuned and don’t forget to have fun!

With Love,

MS

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