Tuesday, April 21, 2009

6 Simple Ways to Improve Your Diet

High quality food is at the core of any healthy diet. These foods fuel the body with the nourishment it needs to function at its best. Fortunately, you can do a lot to improve your diet simply by making better food choices. Here’s how:
1. Chose unprocessed, unrefined, REAL food. Michael Pollan says that you shouldn’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food (In Defense of Food). This means “Go-Gurts” or “Pop-Tarts” are out of the question.
2. Buy chemical-free, Organic foods. Conventional foods are saturated with toxic chemical pesticides, and fungacides that like to linger in the body’s fatty tissue and organs.
3. Load up on fresh, fruits and vegetables. These foods contain very little calories but are packed with nutrients and fiber. Include them with every meal.
4. Don’t skip out on fat. Natural fats such as avocados, nuts, seeds, natural oils, and coconut keep your skin looking healthy and help keep hunger at bay.
5. Drink purified or filtered water. Avoid drinking from plastic water bottles, especially if they have been exposed to sunlight. Try to get approximately 1/2 your body weight in fluid ounces every day.
6. Your protein is only as good as the farm it came from. Buy animal protein that is Organic, free-range, grass-fed or wild. If you can tolerate dairy, look for Organic and raw.

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Your genes load the gun but your lifestyle pulls the trigger. -Dr. Houston