Nutritional deficiencies are proven to cause genetic damage and disease. Because most of our current food sources are nutrient-poor, a holistic approach to nutrition teaches guidelines that make it easier to improve our diet. While it is recommended to see a specialized nutritionist before starting a new diet regimen, these 5 holistic nutrition tips can be a starting point for opening the conversation and guiding your health management strategies.
- Understand the Focus of Holistic Nutrition
Your physical structure and its five senses are just one element in the team of interrelated components that make up your body. The emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of ourselves also influence the way we determine complete and optimal wellness. When we obsess on one element, we limit the healing responses our bodies are naturally capable of. With that in mind, one way to jumpstart the journey to optimal health is to take a critical look at the food we use to fuel our bodies. This practice of holistic nutrition focuses on creating a customized diet of good foods and integrating natural supplements based on the recommendations of health professionals and the latest nutritional studies.
- Learn Basic Nutritional Terms
Good research starts with understanding the common terms associated with your topic. For nutrition, you should start with terms like: calories, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, fiber, cholesterol, and saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. For holistic nutrition specifically, understanding the difference between organic, whole, and super foods is critical when discussing a diet plan with your health professional.
- Organic food – produce grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation, and animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products raised without antibiotics or growth hormones.
- Whole food – foods that are complete and perfect in their natural state, meaning they are not altered, stripped or refined in any way and our bodies know how to break them down and utilize them for maximum energy and potential.
- Superfood – vegetables, fruits, seeds, and nuts that contain a dense abundance of phytonutrients and antioxidants greatly exceeding the values in common foods. Though there is no set criteria for determining what is and what is not a superfood, blueberries, salmon, kale, and acai are common foods deemed “super.”
- Consider a Budget For Your New Diet
Eating solely organic, whole or superfoods can drain your wallet pretty quickly. Instead of browsing the single organic aisle in your local grocery chain, try hitting a farmer’s market where locally grown produce and meat is sold at a decent price. Not only do you know exactly where your food is coming from, but you are also supporting local business. Additionally, keep an eye out for budget-friendly foods that support your holistic nutrition choices. Items like oats, bananas, yogurt, and sweet potatoes are yummy healthy foods that won’t add up too significantly at the cash register. Whatever your budget, incorporating these nutrition choices into your diet, even one sweet potato at a time, will change your future for the better.
- Plan Out Your Menu In Advance
Staying on track with your new nutrition diet plan can be difficult at first. But the trick is eliminating any temptations you might feel to grab fast-food or otherwise derail your progress. To do so, we suggest planning out a weekly schedule of your meals. With a simple notepad or phone app you can organize your meal plan a week in advance so each day is planned and ready to go. Remember, you can always work with your nutritionist to set up a system for planning meals, including knowing the best websites and cookbooks for holistic-focused recipes.
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To truly understand the effects these efforts have on your body, it is recommended to measure your nutrition status annually with Spectracell or NutraEval, which are covered by most insurance plans. You can also follow these quick tips to jumpstart your holistic diet:
- 50% of every plate should be vegetables
- Try for eight different colors of food per day
- Take a daily multivitamin, probiotic, omega-3, vitamin-D, and calcium supplement
- Grow your own produce whenever possible
- Eat raw nuts, seeds, and fish at least once a week
- Drink lots of water
The SaJune Institute for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine offers three nutritional programs that coincide with your specific holistic health needs:
- The Superfood Nutrition Program consists of introducing raw, natural superfoods to your diet at a rate your body is capable of handling. Anyone with chronic degenerative disease such as hypertension, arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancer will benefit from the regenerative capacities of superfoods.
- The Plant-Based Nutrition Program focuses on reducing meat, fish, diary, eggs, and processed and refined foods and replacing them with vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts, seeds, sprouts, and sea vegetables. This program is ideal for anyone interested in improving their quality of life, detoxifying the body, alkalizing the body, and especially those with inflammatory conditions.
- The Metabolic Balance/ Insulin Replacement Program is designed to restore an optimal balance of hormones and nutrients while reducing toxins and alkalizing the body. Patients with unexplained weight gain, diabetes or prediabetes, and high cholesterol are encouraged to try this program.
Whatever your needs, meeting with a SaJune Institute nutritional specialist will put you on the right track!