“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
It is well known fact that our food choices affect our heath. “We are what we eat”, is an old very true saying. Every cell in our body was created from the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. In addition to nourishing our bodies, food also affects the quality of our lives, our appearance, moods, weight, energy, the aging process and our overall health and well-being.
Most of the diseases people suffer from today can be drastically reduced with better nutrition and lifestyle changes. So much of what we eat today, actually takes away from our heath. It is completely lacking of nutrients and filled with empty calories. The modern diet causes us to be overweight, bloated, and inflamed, but at the same time starving for nutrients.
The best way to replenish ourselves and stay healthy is with nutrient rich, whole foods. They provide all the vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and and other healthful nutrients we need to combat most diseases at the same time create balance and optimum health.
Whole foods are in the state they are found in nature “” fresh and unrefined. They contain all the ingredients and tastes nature intended. Nothing is removed. Nothing is added. They are more nutrient-rich, are more flavorful and have none of the chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, fungicides, artificial flavors, colors and additives that are typically used to increase shelf life of processed foods.
The processed foods are filled with salt, sugar, fat, and chemicals that are actually harming us and making us sick. These are the ones with long lists of ingredients we can’t pronounce, that come in fancy packaging and were produced by food scientists in huge manufacturing plants. Pretty far removed from nature and your local family farm.
A whole foods lifestyle is simply a balanced way of eating that promotes a healthy life. The components of a whole foods lifestyle include organic vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, grass-fed, pasture-raised animal products, and unrefined oils fresh herbs and spices and sea vegetables to enhance the flavor of meals. Some approaches include whole grains, beans and legumes in their definition of whole foods.
What is the difference between a whole food and a processed food? A whole food would be a fresh crisp apple versus canned apple juice. A chicken breast raised by your local farmer versus processed chicken nuggets. And a handful of raw almonds versus a packaged granola bar.
Eating whole foods can be quite simple. If you are shopping at the local farmers market or growing the food yourself and eating the whole foods as nature intended, you don’t really need to worry about counting calories or portion sizes, because everything you are eating is nutrient rich and beneficial to your health. You can relax and simply enjoy preparing delicious meals that are great tasting and great for you.