What are we eating?
Either vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, or carnivore we all need certain nutrients to maintain health. I recently read “Eating for Brilliance” by Sondra Kornblatt in the Well Being Journal and was inspired to write. We all have the same needs regardless of our diet, its finding the sources that become important. The is no one answer of how to eat but there are some stead fast rules.
First, whole foods should be the basis of any diet. It may take a little more planning but imagine not being exhausted at the end of the day by just making a few changes.
SLOW DOWN: set down your fork and breath while eating. We are so use to running to the next place that we have forgotten how to taste foods as we eat. By slowing down not only will you better your digestion but might even lose weight by getting faster sooner.
Did you know that your brain takes up 20% of your energy. So if you eat foods full in nutrients that fuel your brain at the end of the day you will still energy for that yoga class you were planning on attending.
- Good fats: Omega 3′s are #1 in this category and they break down into three main types: EPA and DHA- available from wild salmon, mackerel, halibut, scallops, sardines, herring, algae (there have been recent studies link DHA deficiencies to dyslexia and ADD); then there is ALA- available from flax, walnuts, pumpkin, and other seeds. While the body can convert some ALA vegans please watch your DHA and EPA levels and add more marine plant sources to assist with this.
- Minerals: Boran- I had never heard of this one but it helps with cognitive ability and comes from fruit, leafy vegetables, and some beans. Iron and Magneasium- green leafy veggies, dried beans, and dried fruits. Copper- Nuts and seeds. Selenium- some veggies (but depending on the soil), liver and eggs
- Vegetables- There are no real bad choices, especially if you are buying organic, local, or a combination of the two. I can say up your leafy greens, they are just full of everything good for you!
- Fruit- Whole fruit is the key.
Take a second and look at your diet, food is medicine you give yourself three times a day. Healing from the inside out.