6 Basic Guidelines for Healthy Eating

Posted September 15, 2014 By Madison Backer

Regular exercise┬áis essential for anyone who wants to get into shape, but that’s only half of the equation. A healthy relationship to food is also a crucial component to lifestyle change. In this post I teach you six basic fundamentals that underpin my own philosophy on healthy eating. Feel free to contact me or leave a comment if you have any questions or would like to discuss this topic further.

1. Listen to Your Body

Eat when you are hungry, and stop before you are full. This promotes digestive health. Listen to the foods your body is craving. In the hot summer months, your body craves juicy, wet foods. Why? Because it is essential during this hot season that your body stays hydrated. So, listen to what your body is telling you, and feed it with the nutritious foods it is asking of you.

2. Eat Whole Foods

Stay away from processed foods and refined foods. Whole foods offer your body a wide range of benefits that promote health. They are rich in vitamins and minerals that our body needs. When whole foods are eaten, health is enhanced!

3. Eat Locally Grown, Fresh Foods

Foods are the most nutrient dense when they are at their optimal ripeness. Did you ever think about how long it takes the produce you purchase at your grocery store to arrive there? It could have taken weeks! This is precious time where nutrients are being lost from your food.

Even worse, these foods have to picked before optimal ripeness just so they can arrive at your supermarket before they go rotten. Not to mention all of the pollutants entering the atmosphere from these foods being transported across the world. So, by eating locally grown foods you are supporting hardworking local farmers, helping the environment, and eating more nutrient dense foods.

4. Choose Organic

Nonorganic foods are harvested with pesticides that are toxic. Choose organic to enhance your health!

5. Drink Lots of Water!

I’ve given the same advice in my previous post about digestive distress, but I simply can’t say this enough! Your body needs water more than anything else. Stay away from soda, energy drinks, and all drink that have sugar. Try adding some fresh lemon to your water to help digestion and eliminate toxins.

6. Pay Attention to Your Own Body’s Unique Needs

Scientifically, this is known as biochemical individuality. What it means to you is that every person is different and unique. Everyone responds differently to foods, whether it is gluten, casein, or fats. Find what works for you, and what your body responds best to!

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Madison Backer

Personal Trainer at Mind and Body by Mad Back
I am the owner of Mind and Body by Mad Back. My passion for health education coupled with my love for helping others gives me daily motivation to make healthy relationships with my clients in a supportive environment. My core principles that I promote are a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a healthy spirit.
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