My Philosophy on Food 4 Life & Eating 4 Wellness

It is my number 1 priority to spread the message about powerful effects and importance of ‘Self-love. To love and respect yourself opens up a whole world of opportunities and unlocks your true potential and this couldn’t be any more relevant when it comes to Food and Nutrition, for it is

It’s about honouring your body and respecting yourself enough to really value your health which empowers ourselves to make healthy choices when fuelling our bodies

We are all unique, beautiful and special in our own unique way and ‘1 size fits all” certainly doesn’t apply when it comes to choosing you’re Eating style.

Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw, Fruitarian, Blood group Diet.  I believe there is a place for multiple attitudes towards food, but certainly a lot of misinformation out there, so it is my aim to educate and support each and every one of you, by helping you design an eating plan which you enjoy, which empowers you, which energizes you, which makes you happy – something that will vary between each and every one of you. Together, let’s celebrate this uniqueness which is you and support your health by educating, inspiring and guiding you toward a more nutritionally sound appetite.

My Top 10 Nutritional Gems to Live By

1.       Gluten is the Enemy.

This nasty, highly inflammatory protein found in a large amount of grains, namely wheat is slowly poisoning us and has been linked to far more serious health complaints then just the typical digestive disturbances. Auto-immunity, depression, arthritis, nervous system disorders, just to name a few, but the scariest thing is, you don’t have to have been diagnosed with Coeliac disease in order for it to be damaging your health. An alarmingly large amount of the population are gluten intolerant without even knowing it, gluten therefore could be killing you, a slow and painful death.

Watch this short 7minute video for more information;

http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/could-going-gluten-free-save-your-life

2.       Embrace your Inner Cave man/lady 

Adapt to a ‘paleo’ style of eating, based on our prehistoric ancestors,  eating basic whole foods,  before industrialization took over and our foods became highly refined, genetically modified, packaged, frozen and processed. This simply means choosing as many raw, naturally occurring foods as possible.

General ‘Paleo’ Guidelines – (modified from the true/original principles) For further reading see ‘The Paleo Diet’ by Loren Cordain Ph.D

 

ENJOY

  • Real whole foods –  Here’s a quick snap shot!

Vegetables; broccoli, kale, Brussels  sprouts, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, leeks, onions, asparagus, spinach, silver beet, turnip greens, cabbage, mushrooms, bok choy, lettuce, celery, cucumber, Endive, Dandelion greens, Beet greens, Beetroot, watercress, artichoke, Capsicum, celeriac, ginger, shallots, carrot, bamboo shoot, sweet potato, Turnip, Bitter melon, Eggplant, pumpkin, Tomato, konjac, potato, tapioca

Meats; grass fed beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, Duck, pork & wild game meat – kangaroo, crocodile, emu, organ meats

Nuts; Walnuts, coconut, macadamia, almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachio, Brazil, hazelnut

Seeds; hemp, chia, pepitas, sunflower, linseed/flaxseed, buckwheat, amaranth

Fruits; apples, oranges, mango, passion fruit, banana, pineapple, water melon, melons, lemons, kiwi fruit, paw paw, papaya, persimmon, grapes, limes, nectarines, peach, plums, apricots, Dates, Grapefruit, mandarin, tangelo, tangerine, pear, pomegranate,

Berries; goji berries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, black berries

Fresh herbs; mint, ginger, fennel, coriander, basil, thyme, tarragon, oregano, kafir leaves, lemongrass, garlic, bay leaves, curry leaves, rosemary, dill

Spices; cinnamon, turmeric, paprika, curry, nutmeg, cloves,

Seaweeds; dulse, kelp, kombu, blue green algae, spirulina, nori

Quite an extensive list isn’t it, bet you didn’t t realize how much variety you could get while eating healthy! Take the 30 day ‘Primal Challenge’ and just see how good you will feel.

AVOID

  • Grains; wheat & wheat products – flours (bread, pasta), oats, rice, corn, quinoa, rye, millet, barley
  • Beans; kidney, green, broad, cannellini, navy, pinto, black, aduki
  • Legumes; chick peas, green peas, split peas, snow peas,
  • Lentils
  • Dairy. A true pale diet is completely dairy free, although if you tolerate dairy well, which only a really small proportion of the population do, its ok to eat some natural greek yoghurt, hard cheeses, but keep these to a minimum.

 3.       Keep it Simple. Eat it Raw.

Eat as much Raw Food as possible.  I personally aim to eat a diet which is 70% every day.

Vegetables/Salads, nuts, seeds, fruits, super foods, oils, herbs etc

Raw food is naturally high in live enzymes making it easy to digest and assimilate the naturally high amount of vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and phytochemicals in your real wholes raw food. Cooking, through the heating process destroys up to 70% of the nutritional content, leaving your food devoid of a large amount of the nutritional benefit. So balance your meals with a serving of raw food, or aim to eat at least 1 100% raw meal of the day. Sound tricky? Its not as hard as you think, how about starting your morning with A Super Smoothie 🙂

4.       Overdose on Super foods.

There’s no such thing as too much of a good thing with these little wonders. Treat them like your happy pills, packed with antioxidants, there’s nothing they can’t do, working their magic repairing the body naturally. A super food a day, keeps the doctor away and keeps your mood elevated.

Incorporate as many Super foods each day.

Cacao, Spirulina, Wheat grass, Barley grass, Chlorella, Goji berries, Acai, Mesquite, Lacuma, Chia seeds, Gubinge, Chia seeds, Coconut oil, Macqui, Kale, Blue Green Algae

5.       Eat Fat.

Fat doesn’t make you Fat. The Right type of Fat will hydrate your skin, boost your mood, improve your energy levels, support the brain, memory and concentration, increase your fat burning potential, protect your organs, minimise your risk against lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, auto-immune disorders and cancer, slow down the ageing process,  and give your skin a healthy, full, glowing appearance.

Coconut Oil, milk and cream, Olive oil, hemp seed oil, chia oil, Macadamia oil, Walnut oil, avocado oil, Flaxseed oil, Raw nuts and seeds, Fish, Avocados, Butter, Grass fed meats, ghee, nut butters

6.       Go Green. Stay Clean

Disease cannot exist in an alkaline environment. Remove acidity from your tissues and watch your body magically repair itself. Dissolve away fat, inflammation, uric acid, allergy complexes as your cleanse your body avoiding/limiting refined processed sugars, grains, alcohol, soft drinks, large servings of meat, coffee & loading your system with alkalysing foods; green vegetables and superfoods.

Aim to Eat 10 different types vegetables a day

7.       Protein is not just for body builders. Super men/women need it too.

The basic Protein recipe for strong bodies, muscle repair, recovery, tissue growth and regeneration, immune cell production, detoxification and hormone and neurotransmitter production. Our bodies require 0.9g of protein per kg of body weight. For example, a 68kg female requires a minimum of 62g of protein per day, however this formula can change based on different stages of your life, disease states, activity levels, pregnancy/breast feeding, injury etc. As a general rule, aim to eat a Palm sized serving of Protein with each meal; meat, vegan or vegetarian sources. And include a ‘finger’ sized portion with your snacks. Seeing a qualified Moment 4 Life Nutritionist, will assist you in determining the correct amounts required for you and the best types to choose, based on your genetic predisposition, health of the gut and immune system, your metabolic type and your blood group.

8.       Drink Water, Not Food.

Hydrate your cells with Water & Herbal Teas. Any other liquid should be considered as a food.  Period. Yes that includes; coffee, soft drink, milk, alcohol, protein shakes, cordial, juice. All of these contain considerable amounts of calories and will affect your overall food intake and Nutritional status for the day. Keep it simple, drink water, enjoy food.

 9.       If nature didn’t create it, forget it.

This law is simple. If it comes in a package with a long list of ingredients, including ‘numbers’ it’s a highly processed, artificial, preservative haven which our bodies are not designed to consume.

Our bodies were not designed to ingest ‘fast food’, quick convenience meals which have been so heavily altered, genetically modified and laden with chemicals and unnatural additives. Eat real food, the message is simple.

10.   Bless Your Food

Let go of any negative emotion before you eat any food. The guilt you place on your food is likely to cause just as much negativity and stress within the body as the chemicals, calories and additives your soon to be devoured food. Start to appreciate your food, give thanks for the Nutritional benefits you are about to receive and watch your body energetically move towards a strong desire to feel good and eat wholesome food. Almost like magic. It’s that simple.

“This Is Your World, Shape It Before Somebody Else Does”