Get Your Nourishment from Whole Foods

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This month's theme is nourishment
Nourishment is essential for a sweet life. The most common way to think about nourishment is to think about the foods we are eating. Food is vital for our nourishment and our health. Whole foods are essential for health and life. Ask yourself these questions...

  • Do you want to be healthy?
  • Do you want to change the way you eat and still enjoy your food?
  • Do you want to use food as medicine to help you get healthy?

Then you want to eat whole foods. What are whole foods?

Whole foods simply refer to eating foods in their natural state. These are foods that do not contain additives and preservatives, like high fructose corn sugar or flavoring or coloring. These foods have not been highly processed with all the nutrients being removed, like white flour.

Whole foods have a high nutrient density, essential and nonessential amino acids, essential fatty acids, phytochemicals, fiber, and micronutrients required for metabolism and restoration. Examples of whole foods are vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meats, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, or dairy products.

These are why they are so important...

Proteins:
Proteins, both animal and plant-based, are a requirement for daily nutrition and a whole foods diet. Plant-based protein options are nuts, seeds, beans, and legumes. Animal based proteins are any foods that come from an animal like red meat, white meat, poultry, dairy, or eggs.

Carbohydrates:
Vegetables and fruits are healthy sources of fiber and micronutrients. Eat and enjoy them raw, sautéed, roasted, blanched, or pureed. Eat them in as large of portions as possible. Limit dried fruits which can be overly sweet and impact blood sugars negatively.

Fats:
The best oils are found in nuts, seeds and avocados. Olive, walnut and sesame oils are good for cooking at lower temperatures. Coconut, safflower, sunflower and peanut oils have a high boiling temperature.Others, like flaxseed oil are good for salad dressing but not for cooking because the boiling point is low.

Eating healthy can be fun!!! So try it and see the difference.

To Your One Sweet Life,

Dr. Dae