What is holistic nutrition?
It is the use of everyday nutrition and eating habits to improve one’s health.
A lot of times, doctors try to fix our problems with medication, when sometimes, it can be fixed by tweaking our diet. The proper foods, such as whole foods and plant-based nutrition can drastically change how we feel. Doctors sometimes try to put a band-aid on our problems instead of getting to the root cause.
This is why whole 30 has been so popular. You are basically eliminating all possible food groups that can cause problems for 30 days, giving your body enough time to detox or cleanse itself, in a way. Once you start to slowly integrate food groups back into your diet, one at a time, you can learn if a certain food group affects you negatively or positively.
How do certain foods make you feel?
Being aware of how a certain food makes us feel is half the battle. We really need to pay attention to how we feel after eating something. Does it give you energy? Does it satisfy you? Does it make your heart race (like MSG does to me?), does it make you nauseous, bloated, tired, etc… These are all easy symptoms to notice, but what about children with ADD? Or people with acne? Sometimes it gets overlooked that their diet is affecting them, as well.
The other half of the battle is implementing what we learn. Sometimes, finding out a certain food is bad for us makes it super hard to give up. I know when I’m told I can’t have something, it makes me want it even more! We must give our bodies what they are asking for and be more in tune with its needs. It’s the only one we’ve got!
I really like the idea of holistic nutrition because everyone is different and if you can improve your health naturally, that is the better option.
Ready to make a change?
I know sometimes you know you need to make a change, but you aren’t sure where to start. I’ve been there with you, my friend. It can seem like an overwhelming task to completely change the way you eat.
What type of personality are you? All or nothing, or do you do better with a gradual change? If you are like me and are an all or nothing type personality, I suggest taking about a week to research all the changes you want to make. Make a plan of attack for your first week of change, and go for it. If you like to make gradual changes, pick one thing you know you need to work on, like giving up soda, and spend a week or two only doing that one thing. Once you’ve accomplished that goal, pick another one.
Have you already experienced how holistic nutrition can help? I would love to hear from you!