Trying to give your body the right fuel each day can be easier said then done, especially admist all the other demands we tend to put on ourselves. I thought I would shed some light on it and help to simplify nutrition by getting down to the basics. General rule of thumb is that your body likes a variety of whole foods to turn into fuel for your brain, muscles and immune system.
There are 6 types of nutrients your body needs each day to perform at it's optimal level: Protein, vitamins/minerals, fats, carbohydrates, fiber (roughage) and water Keep in mind this is a broad blanket approach and each individual can custom-tailor to their own health and lifestyle needs. At each meal, snack or eating experience aim to consume foods that contain at least 2 or 3 of the below nutrients. For example, a great snack is a banana with peanut butter and a glass of water.... meaning you are consuming protein, vitamins, carbohydrates and water all at once. Consuming vegetables means you are getting vitamins, minerals and fiber all at once...you get the idea! By choosing nutrient dense foods alone or by pairing them your blood sugars stay even and your energy levels stay up. Healthy choices are a win-win! There is no one-size-fits-all, but gaining knowledge never hurt!
Benefits and Sources
- Benefits: Builds and repairs cells.
- Good sources: meat, fish, eggs, greek yogurt, soy
- Benefits: Keep things "ticking." Anti-aging proprieties, immune support and healthy skin hair and nails.
- Good sources: vegetables, fruits, cold pressed juices, fortified cereals
- Recommended Daily Intake:
- Benefits: good source of energy, protects organs
- Good Sources: olive oil, coconut oil, butter, avocado, nuts, nut butters
- Benefits: provides energy
- Good sources: quinoa, potatoes, sweet potatoes, whole wheat bread, fruits & vegetables
- Benefits: keeps you regular and your digestive system clean and efficient
- Good Sources: Fruit, Vegetables, cereal, quinoa, nuts, seeds
- Benefits: carries and transports all the nutrients to and through your respective systems, while at the same time helping to carry out and eliminate waste and toxins.
- 75% of your body is water; therefore is is incredibly important to stay hydrated to keep
- Drink enough: divide your weight by two and drink that number in ounces each day... at a minimum! Sweating or detoxing will automatically increase the amount you need to consume.
I hope this gives you some insight and ideas of simple foods to eat or changes you can implement into your own life to fuel your body and thrive!
Health is Wealth