The Wholefood Approach
- How we feel on a day-to-day basis is determined by the foods we nourish our bodies with.
- A diet rich in wholefoods is the most optimal way to eat to ensure our body gets all the nutrients it needs.
- When our body is full of nutrients, we feel 100% each day. We are also ensuring optimal levels of our overall and long term health, and the prevention of chronic diseases.
- There is an abundance of food with the wholefood approach including hundreds of different vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices!
- Vegetables contain a huge amount of nutrients that our bodies thrive off, and with the long list of vegetables available to us, plus all the different ways of cooking vegetables – there are loads of amazing meals for us to enjoy when eating predominately wholefoods.
- Like vegetables, fruits also contain a range of benefits. Their natural sugars are great for us because they are packaged with a variety of other nutrients, so our bodies know exactly what to do to break these nutrients down and use them for energy. Berries are one fruit that you should aim to consume every day.
- Wholegrains are the perfect complement to many meals, because they are highly nutritious and super easy to cook. They contain a range of essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to function at 100%. When eating grains, it is advised to always choose the wholemeal version, or the product closest to the wholefood as possible.
- Beans are not only cheap and easy to cook, but they are packed with nutrients. There are also many varieties of beans to choose from. Our bodies may take some time adjusting to eating beans due to their high fiber content, so the key is to introduce them into our diet slowly. You can also sprout beans which significantly increases its nutritional value and makes it easier on our digestive systems.
- Nuts and seeds are super nutritious and contain high amounts of protein and fat. This is beneficial for our bodies as it is coming from a wholefood, and therefore should not be avoided. There are some seeds that should be part of our daily diet and this includes chia and flax seeds.
- Overall the average person does not need to worry about macronutrients and whether we are eating too much or too little protein, carbohydrates and fats. A diet rich in a variety of wholefoods such as fruit, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts and seeds contains all the nutrients our bodies need to thrive.
- As junk food is typically nutrient poor and calorie rich, the healthy alternatives such as homemade burgers and veggie packed pizzas are not only just as satisfying but also contains the nutrients your body craves.
- You can still satisfy your sweet tooth whilst eating healthy. There are loads of recipes online for desserts that use wholefood ingredients and sweeteners rather than processed and refined sugar. Many cafes these days sell healthy desserts, simply check with them what is inside.
This approach aims to nourish your body with all the nutrients it needs, therefore you should aim to eat like this the majority of the time, if not every day. However it is also understandable that we are not perfect and there may be times when this does not happen, the key is to not let unhealthy eating become a regular habit. If you eat something unhealthy, or have an unhealthy day – simply reset and treat your body to healthy nutrient-dense food the next chance you have.
And the most important takeaway
The SIMPLE equation is
In order for our bodies to operate at 100%, it needs:
And the most nutrient dense foods are
EATING A DIVERSE RANGE OF
WHOLE FOODS WILL HELP YOU ACHIEVE THIS!