This introduction to eating a healthy balanced diet is a great start point if you’re looking to make positive changes to your diet for long term results. In this guide I provide an overview of diet and lifestyle choices to help support your health, beginning with exploring what motivates you to make changes.
There are many approaches to healthy eating and what works for one person may not work for everyone. Our diet is as individual as we are, and different people will benefit from different dietary protocols. However there are some simple guidelines which encourage eating a wide variety of good quality whole foods for a more balanced diet.
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Including a wide range of vegetables in the diet provides an important variety of vitamins and minerals which help support most metabolic functions. Root vegetables can provide a source of high fibre complex carbohydrates and be used alongside wholegrains. Leafy greens are rich in B vitamins, iron and folate which are vital for energy production, healthy blood and liver support. Brassica and sulfurous vegetables provide nutrients which support the body’s natural detoxification system and help boost immunity. Eating across foods groups and including as wide a variety of vegetables as possible will help ensure a good intake of all nutrients.
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Colourful fruits and vegetables are rich in natural antioxidants which are powerful in helping limit damage to our cells and thus support our immune system and anti-aging processes. Aim to include a range of brightly coloured foods each day and eat across the colour groups to ensure a good intake of nutrients, as each colour represents a different mix of vitamins and minerals.
“We are what we eat” as the saying goes but in Nutritional circles we like to say “we are what we absorb”. Our Gastro-Intestinal (GI) Tract runs the length of our body and our gut is the gateway to our health. Supporting a healthy digestive system is vital to ensuring we are able to digest and absorb the most amount of nutrients from the foods we eat, and ultimately convert it into energy for life. The 5R Protocol is a typical Nutritional protocol for preserving the integrity of the Gut and supporting our bacterial micriobiome and digestive processes.