Since my last blog post I have had time to delve into my pantry with the assistance of the Fooducate app and to my surprise most everything I have purchased has hidden ingredients that are NOT labeled.
While I still want you to pursue the movement to push the FDA to have more strict labeling policies, I also want to bring attention to certain foods in general that might not work with your body but rather, against it.
Holistic eating can be very easily stereotyped to include all sorts of weird things. We need to remember that holistic eating is looking at balancing mind and body and fueling your body with the best available foods.
The first step to eating holistically, as we have discussed previously, is to understand what you are eating.
A holistic diet is a personal road map to eating that goes beyond the food on your plate, counting calories and exercising a few times per week. It takes into account the whole person and encompasses a healthy lifestyle. Its goal is to nourish the body, eliminate chronic health issues and increase an individual’s energy, all in an effort to create a sense of well-being. (Read more: here!)
There are many different approaches to this holistic way of life – Livestrong, the ever-popular health guide and cancer support system, uses a holistic approach to most everything they do, especially in designing your diet and how it can work WITH your body. Eating holistically allows for good digestion, adequacy, balance, and moderation. The goal of a holistic diet is NOT purely weight loss or dropping pounds fast rather it is treating your well being through proper nutrition while taking into account all aspects of your life.
This holistic approach to food intake is shown in Michelle Obama’s take on the food pyramid, revamped into a plate making it easier to understand portion sizes and types of food that should be included in a balanced diet.
“One of the fundamental principles of a holistic diet is an individual’s need for a certain balance of macronutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, and fat; micronutrients including vitamins and minerals; and fiber to help the body optimize energy to reach maximum physical and emotional health. Individuals have different nutrient requirements, so holistic diets are devised to meet an individual’s health and nutritional needs. It is also important to remember that individuals need to eat a variety of different foods to achieve balance.”
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/107401-holistic-diet/#ixzz1ltylEMi9
In order to gain a better understanding of the nutrients, fiber, and vitamins and minerals needed in a holistic diet, the American Heart Association provides an amazing nutrition dictionary that explains every possible aspect of food that you would want to know about. They also have links providing information on what kinds of fats and oils are beneficial for your body and which kinds are harmful, with expert opinions from doctors and even restaurant guides on how to effectively order when dining out! Another great resource from the AHA are their quizzes. From the fats and sodium explorer to a quiz on your “fats IQ” they allow people to understand exactly what it is they are putting in their bodies from basic foods that are usually consumed daily.
The American Holistic Health Association provides a large amount of self-help articles on their website in order to make living holistically a little bit easier. One of my favorite ones is about the everyday foods that you eat and how they can cause problems that you would never think of. The author, Dr. William Manahan, says there are at least 150 different symptoms, complaints, and problems that can be caused from eating such foods as caffeine, salt, processed foods, sugar, and fats. Dr. Manahan wants you to ask yourself a few questions about the foods you currently eat in order to properly adjust your diet if need be.
If you answered yes to either of these questions you might consider going on a two or three-week elimination diet, getting rid of those items one by one in order to properly figure out which of those foods might be causing you problems!
Good luck reforming your diet into a more holistic one! Just remember – steer clear of the bark and grass! 🙂
Peace, Love, and a Holistic You!