If You Are What You Eat...
Everyone knows food affects your health. However, there are definitely some foods that are far better and far worse than others.
Although they're a lot of people's favorites, processed foods (anything that comes in a box/bag) are one of the worst things for your body and your mind. They supply little nutritional value and yet are loaded with sugar, sodium, and fat.
Some other less than desirable foods would be:
Soy products- contain estrogen that could have harmful effects on female fertility and reproductive development.
Fad diet foods- can cause you to miss out on certain nutrients that a balanced diet would supply.
Soda pop-has been linked to increased risk of tooth decay, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
Excess amounts of dairy- has been linked to increased energy intakes leading to weight gain and raised levels of cholesterol.
Excess amounts of raw veggies-can overwhelm your stomach's digestive abilities and lead to an inability to absorb nutrients.
White-flour based foods like breads and pastas- have been stripped of their natural nutrient value and supply far more calories that they do vitamins or minerals.
If you can picture a stereotypical grocery store: shopping around the perimeter of the store is ideal. We should all be staying away from the foods that are in the center aisles of the store. They tend to be more processed, less natural, and less nutritional.
Some awesome foods for you, however, would be things like:
High-grade multi-vitamins (though if you can't tolerate a multivitamin, I'm a huge fan of a B12/Vit D combo. It's great for mood, brain, energy, and focus).
Fresh foods (veggies, meats, fish, fruits, nuts, etc). Shop around the perimeter of your grocery store and leave the center along and you'll be surprised how much better you feel.
Water! Water! Water! Keep yourself hydrated, because it's important for your organs to flush and detox. Water also helps your skin, feeds your brain, and lubricates you cells.
Alos, try not to eat beyond a certain time of night. I suggest, 6-7pm. Cutting yourself off in the evening gives your body enough time to digest your food from the day before going to sleep AND you're far less likely to have to endure the heartburn from eating late.
Take care, eat well, and go get some sunshine. Spring is right around the corner!