22 May

Becoming a Nutritarian

Not Your Typical Diet

A typical diet usually contain a list of rules and regulations to restrict calories for weight loss. This is a problem, because when the focus is weight loss alone, results are rarely permanent. The focus of becoming a nutritarian is on nutrition and eating healthfully, which is an undisputed, yet often overlooked critical ingredient to any dietary success. Here, there is no carbohydrate, protein or calorie counting, portion-size measuring or weighing involved. In fact, you will eat as much food as you want, and still over time you will become healthier and will be satisfied with fewer calories.

A properly nourished body will automatically seek its ideal weight, without having to fight the scale or count calories. The fundamentals of this eating style are to increase high-nutrient foods in your diet and to ‘crowd out’ unhealthful low-nutrient foods. What does it mean to crowd-out? It means that as you eat more delicious, high-nutrient foods, you will be reducing your desire for fatty, processed and unhealthful products. When you change the foods you eat to better meet your nutrient needs, you feel better and it eventually becomes your preferred way of eating. To accomplish this, you will be presented with scientific, logical information that explains the connection between food and your weight and health. If you need to lose weight, this information will help you shed pounds naturally and easily, merely as a side effect of eating so healthfully.

Are you excited to be a nutritarian?

What is a Nutritarian? When you learn and practice this eating style, you can proudly call yourself a Nutritarian. A Nutritarian is someone who strives to consume and learns to prefer foods that are nutritious. Quite simply, a Nutritarian:

• Eats mainly high-nutrient, natural plant foods: vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds.

• Eats few, if any, animal products (one or two servings per week at most) and chooses healthier options in this food group.

• Eats almost no foods that are completely empty of nutrients or toxic for the body such as: sugar, sweeteners, white flour, processed foods and fast foods.

The Nutritarian way to health, longevity and weight loss focuses on healthy foods such as green vegetables, other colorful vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds. A Nutritarian is someone who learns to trust the amazing power of the body. If given half a chance, the body will heal itself—with the right food as the catalyst. When you learn how to become a Nutritarian, you will arm yourself with the biochemical sustenance that your body needs to be at its ideal weight and to live a healthy, empowered life. Finally, a Nutritarian lifestyle is an attitude, a mindset, a method that can be followed for a lifetime. As you begin your journey as a Nutritarian, you will be empowered to take control of your own health and life.

(From Nutritarian Handbook)

14 Sep

A First Look at Wholefood

Whole food remedy for a healthy  you

 

A First Look at Wholefood
By Kristianne Untal

The world today revolves around giving us quick and easy access to almost everything. Because of this, industries have worked to provide us with commodities which satisfy the market’s demand. As a result we are now surrounded by processed and manufactured food which may have been stripped of their prime nutritional value. They come in cans, jars and vacuum-packed containers, but surprisingly this doesn’t only pertain to meat, fish and other sources of protein. Nowadays even fruits and vegetables are being processed before they reach our supermarkets.

I think everyone would agree that they would like to have optimal health and despite there being no magic elixir to provide us with this, there are choices we can make to bring us closer to that ideal. Consuming wholefood is one of those options which we can have without sacrificing the quick and easy routine, as this can be consumed with minor or even no cooking involved. But wait, what exactly is wholefood?

Wholefood (n.) food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances; natural or organic food

Wholefood is organically produced and is prepared without chemicals and processed additives. It is usually associated with vegetables, fruits, legumes and grains however it also includes organically grown meat products. Consuming such has demonstrated to be beneficial in many aspects. It contains more vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, as compared to the processed food found in most grocery stores. They are a good source of phytochemicals which prevent the occurrence of chronic diseases and at the same time serve as antioxidants.

Incorporating wholefood into one’s diet has also proved to reduce the risk and development of arthritis, cancer, type II diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Eating a high amount of raw fruits and vegetables improves blood pressure and increases one’s metabolism. The body also absorbs the nutrients from these fares faster because there are no preservatives or artificial additives to slow down the natural processes which our body undergoes.

It is important to remember that everything we consume affects our bodies in some way. In both the long and short run, consuming artery clogging, low-fiber, and sugar loaded food will not benefit us at all. Although shifting to wholefood may seem or actually be difficult at the start, even the smallest integration of it into our diets can make a difference in our lives.

“It is in our small actions toward change where we find great strides in improvement.”