Listen to your own body. To do this, you will need to observe what you eat, your moods and emotions, and how you feel – your energy and physical symptoms to understand how food affects you personally. When you track this, you can be empowered to eat in a way that supports your well-being. Listed here are some foods to eat for good health.
Whole Foods: Instead of processed foods, choose whole foods. Whole foods are fresh and if you must always buy minimally processed foods.
More Vegetables: All food experts agree that we benefit from a diet rich in vegetables. Eating all the colours of the rainbow supports the body. If you are focusing on healing, eat more dark, leafy greens to start with.
Herbs and Spices: Herbs and spices are concentrated sources of phytonutrients which means they are strong sources of life giving antioxidants.
Natural Sweeteners: Nature has provided us with the sweet taste for a very good reason. In Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, two systems of health and healing that are thousands of years old, practitioners know that a balance of tastes is important. Chinese medicine talks about the importance of the five tastes (spicy, salty, sour, bitter, and sweet), while Ayurveda talks about six tastes (astringent, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and sweet). In both systems, the idea is that balancing all of these tastes is important for feeling satisfied during and after eating. Simply put, balancing the tastes can ward off cravings.
Herbs and spices are concentrated sources of phytonutrients which means they are strong sources of life giving antioxidants.
Water: Studies on water and food consumption found that water consumers drink fewer soft drinks and fruit drinks and have healthier eating patterns, including more consumption of vegetables and fruits.
It is recommended that you drink half your body weight in ounces. It is also wise to drink 2.5 cups of water first thing in the morning. While 2.5 cups of water in the morning may seem like a lot, the body is better able to absorb a large amount of water first thing in the morning before any food is taken. If you choose to experiment with this, make sure to wait 30 minutes before eating breakfast.
It’s very important to listen to your body when it comes to thirst because everyone’s body is different. Depending on your size, level of activity, climate, and other factors, your body may need more water or less.
Unrefined Fats and Oils: Studies have found that healthy, unrefined fats and oils have important properties for good moods, satiety and brain health. Fats also help carry important vitamins like A, D, E, and K into the body.
Grains, Nuts, and Seeds: Digestive diseases are on the rise. Grains are challenging for the small intestine to digest, so people working on gut health or insulin issues may want to remove them while they allow their digestive system to heal. Once healed, these folks can often reintroduce grains into their diet. Whole grains (no part of the grain is removed in milling) as opposed to lower-quality processed grains have many healing properties. Whole grains are a source of carbohydrates and protein; are rich in fiber, B vitamins, and minerals; can combat constipation; and boost serotonin, the body’s happiness hormone.
Homemade Bone Broths and Vegetable Broths: Making your own broth is much easier than you think, and the taste and health benefits are definitely worth it. Soups and broths are some of the most affordable healing tools possible. They help keep you nourished and energised. Broths and soups help nurture your body back into balance.