We continue to share ideas about intermittent fasting this month. We would be remiss if we didn’t take some time to discuss and share some ideas to help you. Today’s topic is Be Sure You Are Eating Real Foods For Your Best Life.
We provided some info for eating both while fasting and not fasting. Here is the link to that article https://wendybottrell.weebly.com/blog/how-to-eat-while-intermittent-fasting-for-best-results and we also wrote about our favourite intermittent fasting method,
The Benefits Of The 16-8 Intermittent Fasting Protocols – here is the link to that post - https://wendybottrell.weebly.com/blog/the-benefits-of-the-16-8-intermittent-fasting-protocols
We know today that millions of people struggle with chronic health issues. One of the simplest ways to improve a person's health is to change their eating habits. Think about eating real food this way –
“Real food doesn't have ingredients; real food is ingredients.” -Jamie Oliver
In our opinion, it is so important to think about the food you eat. Remembering that -
“The first wealth is health,” American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson
Real Food is powerful to heal the mind, body and spirit. We must begin to move beyond thinking only of weight loss and think about a healthy and vibrant life through eating real food each and every day.
Consider the following to help you through the eating window in the 16-8 intermittent fasting method.
Sugar is in nearly every processed food. Various studies indicate that overeating sugar can cause numerous health issues. Eliminating sugar from a person's diet can provide multiple health benefits. Some people notice an improvement in their energy after removing sugar for several days. Although a person may see an initial decrease in energy, most people feel better over time by eliminating processed sugar.
A full elimination diet can be hard to follow. As a result, many people have better success by slowly phasing out sugar from their diet.
Be Sure To Eat High-Quality Proteins
Proteins are made up of amino acids. They are the building blocks of your muscles, organs and every other cell in your body. Having enough protein is especially important after a workout for muscle repair and recovery. Your body can only get the necessary amino acids for health from food. The nine essential amino acids can be found in animal protein sources. For vegetarians, it can be a lot more challenging, so it is our suggestion to consider some high-quality protein. When choosing protein, it is always best to buy the highest quality you can. Pastured is a very good choice for protein and wild-caught fish if possible.
Increase Your Intake of Healthy Fats
Dietary fat isn't an enemy -- in fact, it's essential to have some fat in your diet for good health. But the type of fat you eat matters, so choose carefully. "Bad" fats include trans fats and hydrogenated oils, which are found in many processed and fried foods. Saturated fat, which is found in many animal foods, isn't bad and consider coconut oil, olive oil or pastured butter.
Listen to Your Body
Everyone's body is a little bit different. You may not have all the same nutritional needs as someone else who is looking to improve their health and wellbeing. While it's a good idea to follow the general guidelines of healthy eating, you should also talk to your doctor. It's also important to get into the habit of listening to your body and noticing how certain foods make you feel. If you notice that certain foods make your symptoms flare up (or leave you feeling great), you can adjust your diet accordingly. Keeping a food journal can help you track how particular foods affect your health and well-being. And be sure to stick with real food, organic is always best if possible, cooked by you in your own kitchen is priceless.
"Clean, tasty, real foods do not come processed in boxes or bags; they come from the earth, the sea, the field, or the farm." - Suzanne Somers
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