Friday, January 25, 2013

7 Nutritional Sugesstions for Overall Wellbeing


Nutrition is the most important element in any wellness program.  The more you know about Proteins, Carbohydrates (Starch and Complex) and Fats (Saturated and Unsaturated) the better off you will be.  Nutrition is discussed in Tru Essencia's Heart to Heart Consultations before we start any programs with our clients.  Our services are integrated to teach our clients the benefits of connecting Mind, Body, Heart, Soul and Spirit; it's who we are.  It's challenging to only focus on one or two parts of us when the sum of it's parts is what creates overall wellbeing and happiness.  Everything is Energy.  The energy of what you consume in your body is ultimately what you become.  I find one of the common mistakes is portion control.

One of The best rules of thumb to remember: 
Eat Breakfast like a King/Queen, Lunch like a Prince/Princess And Dinner like a Servant

We need to clarify that each person has very specific needs for his or her own health.  One of the main concepts of this methodology is recognizing your bio-individuality. No perfect way of eating works for everybody. Most food that is perfect for your unique body, age and lifestyle may make another person gain weight and feel lethargic. Similarly, no perfect way of eating will work for you all the time. You may notice you eat different foods on days when you are working eight hours than on a relaxing day spent reading at home.  Foods you ate as a child may not agree with you as an adult. What you crave in the winter is completely different than what you crave in the summer.
Another critical part of postmodern nutrition is bridging the gap between nutrition and personal growth and development. These two entities are absolutely linked; you can’t look at one without the other. People really want to be better. They crave growth. But very few experts in the realm of personal growth and development address the importance of nutrition. Likewise, traditionally trained nutritionists will give you a list of foods to eat and not to eat, but their advice will not work until you start to identify what in your life is keeping you from making healthy choices. Look at it this way: a person stuck in a bad relationship can eat all the broccoli in the world, but it won’t change their relationship. !is bad relationship will cause their health and well-being to suffer. Similarly, if your career is opposed to your spiritual values, you will have a hard time making big breakthroughs with a health concern.  The energy spent at a draining job will ultimately outweigh the benefits of eating healthy food.

Being healthy is really not that complicated. Our body knows what to eat.  It’s the brain that makes mistakes. Maybe you heard about a diet that sounded great in theory, but after a week of eating that way, you started to feel weak and bloated. You don’t have to read nutrition books to know what to eat. Instead, you can foster a deep relationship with your body in which it naturally tells you what it needs to function at its highest potential. This postmodern approach will help you cultivate the ability to eat intuitively, trusting your body—not some book, chef or research study—to guide you to the foods that best support you and allow your body and mind to operate at their fullest potential.

Compliments of Integrated Nutrition in NYC

Basic Rules of Thumb for building the perfect Nutritional Plans that work for you:

Always Eat Breakfast: People who eat breakfast are much more successful at keeping weight off. When you skip meals, you become calorie deficient and usually end up binging later in the day. Snack throughout the day. You know the saying, “Don’t go shopping when you’re hungry?” Try it. Snacking can actually help some people eat less. By eating between meals, you can help reduce hunger pains and binging later in the day.

Drink More Water: By replacing soda, alcohol or coffee with water, you can cut a significant amount of calories from your daily routine. Many people can effortlessly lose 10 pounds by simply replacing soda with water throughout the day. Be aware of alcoholic drinks as well—a jumbo margarita can have up to 700 calories. Also try drinking water before your meal. The water will help break down the food more effectively. Prepare Your Own Meals: Restaurant food generally has more salt, more fat and more calories and is served in larger portions than food cooked at home. When you make your own meals, you can control the amount of salt and oil, as well as the portion size. If you have to eat out, try splitting one dish between two people or ask for half the meal to be wrapped up before it comes to the table.

Reduce Your Stress Levels:  Many people eat more when they feel stress; the stuffed feeling makes them feel comfortable and helps them relax. Try other ways of relaxing, like a hot bath or a walk around the block. Also try slowing down, breathing and enjoying each meal. Say a prayer beforehand or take a moment to be grateful for the food you are eating. Get Enough Sleep Each Night:  Growing evidence supports that missing out on sleep can increase your appetite. Most people need about 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

Keep Moving:   Start with small changes like getting off one stop earlier on a train and walking the rest of the way or parking in the back of a parking lot. Take the stairs whenever possible. Instead of meeting a friend for coffee, meet for a walk, or a bike ride or take a dance class together. Keep Track: Whether you keep a food journal or weigh yourself on a regular basis, find a method that will keep you motivated and help you track your progress.

Be A Food Detective:   Read food labels and don’t eat anything you can’t pronounce. Stick to simple, whole foods that will nourish your body. Identify Your Temptation Foods: You know whether they are salty or sweet, fried or creamy, and you know that if they are within reach, you will want them. Do not keep these foods in your home or office and get support from your family and friends with these foods.

Take A Multi-Vitamin:   Everyone can benefit from well-rounded nutrients. Some evidence suggests that by adding specific high-quality nutrients to a well-balanced diet, you can improve your metabolism and many enzyme processes for greater vitality and health.

Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foods that are manufactured in Plants.  If you want to lose weight fast, you don’t have to go on a fad diet.  Just switch from simple to complex carbohydrates and eat lots of vegetables. You’ll lose weight and improve your health. Plant foods are so low in calories that they force the body to burn its own fat. Nobody gets fat on a nutrition that’s made up largely of green vegetables, sweet vegetables, whole grains and small amounts of high-quality animal protein and non-animal protein. But throw in a bunch of cookies, white bread, French fries and a few quarter-pounders, and you’ve got yourself a serious weight problem.  When people make the connection that healthy, whole foods really make you feel better, the weight becomes a secondary issue.

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