What is holistic nutrition?
Holistic nutrition is a natural approach to healthy eating. It considers an individual as a whole and tries to enhance physical, spiritual, and emotional health in order to attain a state of optimum well-being.
Why follow a holistic diet?
Holistic nutritionists view food not just as fuel for the body, but as medicine that wields immense potential to heal and cure the body. Here are some benefits of having a holistic nutrition plan –
- Increased immunity
- Higher energy levels
- Enhanced emotional well-being
- Better sleep
- Improved digestion and excretion
- Reduced cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar
- Effective weight management
Considering the numerous benefits it offers, it’s tempting to try out a holistic nutrition plan. Confused how to go about it? Mentioned below are some key principles to help you get started.
Eat raw, whole foods
Our bodies are designed to consume, digest, assimilate and subsequently eliminate natural foods.
So, the next time hunger strikes, eat an apple, or banana, or carrot, or any natural food, the way it’s meant to be eaten – raw and unprocessed.
Eating organic involves avoiding foods treated with pesticides, insecticides, and all other forms of chemical substances. Organic food also tastes better and is more nutritious.
Nutritionists recommend drinking a minimum of eight glasses of water every day. This promotes good digestion and health. However, make sure to avoid all aerated waters, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages.
Watch the sweets
While refined sweeteners taste wonderful, their impact on health is definitely not! Try replacing refined sugar and other artificial sweeteners with naturally sweet foods like fruits.
Buy local produce
Locally produced food is naturally suited to the surrounding eco-system and will best compliment your nutrition requirements. Local produce tastes better and is high on nutrients. Being fresher, it is considered better than certified organic produce shipped over longer distances that contain additional preservatives. Consider growing your own fruits and veggies, find a farmers’ market in your area, or ask your grocer to offer local produce.
Do away with white flour and rice
Many holistic nutritionists recommend avoiding wheat. But if this doesn’t work for you, opt for whole grain options while buying bread, pasta, etc. as their white varieties are stripped off most of their nutrition and fibre. Similarly, it’s also advisable to pick brown rice over white rice.
Reduce your sodium intake
Sodium is a key culprit behind hypertension. Yet, most people consume more sodium than the ideal limit of 1500-2300 mg per day. Reduce your sodium intake by avoiding processed food.
Eat healthy fats
Our bodies require healthy fats, so incorporate organic oils like extra-virgin olive oil, or flax seed oil into your meals in moderate quantities. However, avoid trans-fats from hydrogenated oils, and saturated animal fats from red meat and dairy products.
Moderation is the keyword
Enjoy food. Eat a variety of nutrient-rich healthy foods. Occasionally indulging in not-so-healthy favorites too is acceptable. Healthy eating isn’t about deprivation. Rather, it’s about sticking to healthy choices in the long run.
Health is the greatest gift known to mankind. It’s by being conscious of things comprising the regular meals that we can afford to stay hale and hearty.