5 Tips for Getting Back to the Basics of Holistic Nutrition
1. Increase Your Water Intake
We always hear that we need to increase our water intake. We, often, have great intentions to drink more water, too. However, most people’s primary complaint about drinking more water is that it lacks taste. One way I encourage my holistic nutrition clients to drink the average recommendation of one gallon of water each day is by suggesting they make infused water. You can do something as simple as add fresh fruit to water; such as strawberries or pineapples. A favorite among my clients is my Berry Trilogy recipe. Simply add fresh strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and mint leaves.
2. Daily Salad
I highly recommend that a large, dark, leafy green salad be consumed every day. Be sure that you have a variety of greens for the base of your salad. Include greens such a spring mix of lettuces, kale, dandelion greens, arugula, collard greens, swiss chard, etc. Get creative and add a rainbow of additional fresh produce. You can add bell peppers, red onion, shredded carrots, beets, and many more. I, also, believe in pushing my clients a little to assist them with cultivating healthy habits that will last a lifetime. One additional step I require them to take is to make their own salad dressing. A simple vinaigrette requires just a few ingredients that you may already have at home. Mixing together apple cider vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, your favorite seasoning blend, along with a small touch of honey is a quick, easy and inexpensive alternative to buying salad dressings from the grocery store that are laden with unnecessary additives and preservatives.
3. More Fresh Produce
Ideally, a diet of, at least, 50 percent live, fresh produce should be consumed. I have found that, most times, people are only consuming about 15 percent. A very easy way that I get my clients to consume more nutrient dense foods is by getting them to eat fresh produce with snacks. An apple can easily be grabbed. Why not, even, consider preparing a vegan parfait that includes fresh berries?
4. Start the Day Off Slowly
Imagine it is a cold winter’s day. You are running behind schedule, but, before you can get going, you must warm up your car. If, you decide to jump in your and go, your car will still run fine throughout the day. But, try making getting in your car and driving off without warming it up a habit. Overtime, this will have an impact on how efficiently your car will run. The human body is no different. It is ideal that we start our day off with a “warm up”, as well. The best practice is to start the day off with a detox drink, followed by a smoothie, shortly thereafter. Lunch is to be the largest meal of the day; in nutrient density and volume. Dinner is always a repeat of lunch, but in smaller portions with more live foods or, at minimum, lightly steamed vegetables.
5. Add Natural Supplements
Many of the people I serve often question if supplements should be taken. The best practice for including supplements is to always go with a high quality food grade supplement that has gone through minimum manipulation when processed. Here are my personal favorites along a few of their benefits:
· Spirulina- it is incredibly high in protein and is a good source of antioxidants, B vitamins and other nutrients and minerals like calcium, and iron.
· Chlorella- known for having vitamin, mineral, and nutrient properties similar to spirulina, but also known for its detoxifying abilities.
· Liquid Chlorophyll- this supplement is potent because it is the literal blood of plants. Adding this supplement to your water or smoothies assists with combating hunger and cravings because of its dense nutrient content. It is, also, an internal deodorizer so it helps with body odor that is linked to consuming an unhealthy diet.
· Sea Moss (also known as Irish Moss)- it contains minerals, like iodine, is high in calcium and other nutrients that are good for the body. Sea moss can be cooked, made into drinks or beverages, and even eaten raw or dried.
Brandi Lynette has an innate love for holistic nutrition. She began to independently study holistic nutrition 13 years ago when she had the first of her 5 children. Therefore, it is no surprise that she decided to enroll into Lipscomb University as a graduate student in the Exercise and Nutrition Science program. Brandi has been a student in the graduate program since fall of 2013 and has, currently, completed half of the program’s requirements. At the completion of her matriculation, she will have earned a combined degree and certification, making her a registered dietitian.
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