How many times have you thought to yourself that you should be making healthier food choices? More fruits and vegetables, less processed foods with colouring and preservatives, and more chicken and fish. Out with the bad, in with the good!
That little voice in your head tells you to cut back on the caffeine, alcohol and even quit those cigarettes; however, sometimes it seems like more effort than it’s worth.
Knowing where to start is half the battle; realizing that you didn’t get there overnight is another point to consider. Taking back your health is going to take a little time and effort. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Just think about that one healthier choice you can make today and stick with it. Perhaps it will be drinking more water or having one fewer cup of coffee. Regardless of what your one thing is, stick to it and make it habit. Then be sure to congratulate yourself on a job well done and realize that you can tackle the next goal you set for yourself just as easily.
Consider making conscious choices to incorporate whole foods in their natural state as becoming a way of life. The cells in your body are made from the raw materials that you eat. What better way to nourish your body than with whole, natural and life giving foods.
So this year, forget about the fad diets and latest weight loss gimmick. Begin to fuel your body with foods closest to their natural state as possible (preservative, pesticide and chemical free). Read the labels. If you don’t understand the word it’s probably not good for you. Try making more salads and soups, rice and beans, fish and steamed veggies. Take your lunch to work; eat less and more slowly; stock the fridge with fresh fruits and veggies; drink lots of water; Switch to herbal or green tea instead of coffee.
Remember moderation and balance. Who knows? Those pants just might fit a little looser, your skin may clear up, you may even feel more energy or sleep better at night.
Melanie Grime is a holistic nutritionist at the Collective Health Clinic serving the Orangeville, Dufferin, Wellington and Caledon areas. Melanie Grime RHN treats everyone as an individual with their own specific needs and helps clients suffering from health issues by looking for the root cause of symptoms and working with them to reach their health and nutrition goals. She specializes in weight loss, hormonal issues, detox, meal plans, nutritional consulting and family nutrition.