What you eat has an enormous impact on your health! Eating a natural diet gives your body the building blocks it needs (vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, etc.) to keep up all its important processes. Namely, your immune system!
Our holistic pediatrician likes to recommend foods that are good for your body’s systems, and delicious, too! Read our nutrition tips below to find out what to eat–and what to avoid.
Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients.
Food products that have more than five ingredients are usually filled with preservatives, hidden forms of MSG, genetically modified thickeners, dyes and many other harmful substances. “Food” products in packages or boxes are just that—products—not real food. This does not apply to food that we grow, like a salad with more than five types of veggies in it. (But you would be wise to look at the ingredients of ANY pre-packaged food.) Please look up “hidden forms of MSG” and post a list on your fridge. MSG is short for “monosodium glutamate” and—to make a long story short—it is bad for all of us. We’ve provided links to a few resources to help you below.
Eat a diet filled with 30-50% healthy fats.
Did you know our brains are made up of 70% fat? Our neurons are coated with a fat sheath to help each nerve in the brain communicate with all the other areas of the brain. When we eat a lot of healthy fat, we coat our neurons, which has the following effects:
- allows us to focus
- helps us avoid mental health diseases such as ADHD, depression and anxiety
- causes an instant calming feeling
Fats also coat the joints and respiratory tract, preventing joint pains and protecting us from the flu. The best part of adding healthy fats to your diet is that you will no longer crave as many “bad for you” carbs and sweets. Eating fats creates a nice, satiating feel in the belly and brain (which tells you when you’re “full” so you stop eating). Fat consumption stabilizes blood sugar (helping you avoid Type 2 Diabetes) and helps you absorb essential vitamins and minerals.
Eat foods made from ingredients that you can picture in their raw state or growing in nature.
We are all alive and part of nature! This is why we should only ingest the foods made by nature. One of the many benefits of cooking with natural foods is that doing so helps maintain a healthy gut. Your gut contains over 70% of your immune system. If the gut is healthy, the immune system is healthy, and your family is happy! I also suggest using spices and herbs that are made from plants so that our natural foods taste yummy. Experiment with your kids to find your favorite seasonings. Did you know that spices, herbs and sea salt are also healing? They provide anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help our bodies ward off illnesses and feel great.