Healthy Diet Tips,
A Beginner's Guide to Feeling Your Best

healthy diet tips

Want some healthy diet tips to get you started on the road to looking and feeling your best?

From our perspective, a healthy diet first begins by working "with where you are at" during any phase of health or disease. We recommend taking the gentle, easy and fun approach to improving your current diet, making healthier food choices that will assist you in sustaining long-term physical and mental vitality over the course of a lifetime.

This means incorporating life-giving foods and drinks that you actually enjoy consuming on a regular basis, developing meal plans made with colorful fresh whole foods that completely satisfy the taste buds as well as all nutritional essentials.

We are not of the belief that "one diet" is appropriate for all people. With so many unique body types with their own set of chronic/acute health issues, it is impossible to say that what works for one person would also suitable for another.

Although the general categories of foods we recommend remains the same, combinations or amounts may vary widely depending on many factors.

Generally the most obvious place to start would be to begin making improvements to your current dietary intake, simply incorporating more whole food options. Organic and non-GMO alternatives if they are available.

Beyond this the following healthy diet tips may likewise be useful.

One Basic Healthy Diet Tip to Get You Started

Healthy Diet Tip #1: Instead of deleting foods from your diet, try ADDING IN healthier options, one's that appeal to you specifically. Over time, unhealthy dietary habits will naturally start to fall away as you begin to adjust your taste buds and generally start to notice subtle changes in your health and energy levels.

Depending on your personality type, you might want to begin is one of two ways:

  1. Take the slow and gentle road... one self motivated change at a time!
  2. Jump right in full-force and completely clean out your fridge and kitchen cabinets, getting rid of all unhealthy food temptations.

Healthy Diet Tips, The Basics

While we recognize that individual goals and preferences may differ from person to person, there are some general guidelines to follow for using the foods that you eat as your nutritive and medicinal allies.

  1. Digestion - To begin, it is important to first optimize digestive functions so that the food we consume and nutrients we take in can be properly assimilated and nutritionally utilized. "It all starts with digestion" and if you are not digesting your foods no matter how healthy they are, you are not getting the nutrients you need to thrive. So, tending to ways that improve digestive functions is key.
  2. Detoxification - Next, a cleansing process might be in order to help eliminate the build-up of undigested waste material, excess body fat as well as cellular toxins that inevitably accumulate over the course of our lives from food, air or water sources.
  3. Rebuilding - Lastly, it may now be appropriate to begin rebuilding the body from the ground up using certain superfoods and especially our list of tonifying adaptogens.

1) Improving Digestion

The efficient digestion of the foods we eat is paramount to a healthy disease-free life. If we are not properly breaking down our foods and sorting out various nutrients we are not receiving their benefits. In other words, "you are not what you eat, you are what you digest and absorb."

It is therefore imperative to get digestive capacities back on tract, especially if you are someone who experiences chronic flatulence, bloating, constipation, loose stools or any other symptoms associated with impaired functions in this arena.

In addition, in order to get the complete transfer of the life-force energy from the foods we eat, the proper ratio of gut microbiota is of particular significance. For those who tend to experience frequent gastrointestinal upset, there is also the high likelihood that intestinal body ecology is off balance.

Top Ways to Improve Digestion

1) Increase dietary enzymes

  1. Supplement with digestive enzymes.
  2. Include foods like sauerkraut with meals.
  3. Eat more raw living vegetables, fruits and sprouts.
  4. Consume fresh pressed enzyme-rich raw juices.

2) Food Combining

Eat simple whole foods that adhere to better food combining guidelines.

  • Fruit----Leafy Greens or chlorophyll rich foods
  • Protein----Non-starchy vegetables and seaweeds
  • Fats----Non-starchy vegetables and seaweeds
  • Starchy vegetables----Non-starchy vegetables, fats, and seaweeds
  • Grains----Seaweeds, fats, non-starchy vegetables

3) Consume Blended Foods

Blended foods, like smoothies, soups and shakes, are not only a convenient meal option for a busy schedule, but because the blending process essentially predigests the ingredients, they are also easier to assimilate and digest for an overburdened system. They likewise enable one to utilize many superfoods and teas in an easy to make energizing drink. Adding chia seeds and aloe vera gel to blended foods can be soothing to the mucous lining of the stomach and colon and helpful as a mild laxative.

4) Improving Digestive Fire

The use of various Ayurvedic spices and culinary herbs like ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin or cayenne can additionally be helpful in normalizing digestive capacities and promoting regular bowel movements.

5) Avoid Overeating

It is important to eat foods in moderation, consuming just enough needed to meet the energy expended on any given day. Smaller meal portions are particularly recommended for those with extreme digestive issues.

6) Take a Probiotic Supplement

Although cultured foods offer beneficial bacteria like lactobacillus, taking a probiotic supplement is furthermore advised for those with gastrointestinal disorders or candida overgrowth.

2) Promoting the Detoxification Process

As long as we are living with a functioning liver, colon and kidneys, the body is always in some state of detox, filtering out wastes and toxins. This is what these organs are designed to do. However, an accumulation of toxic substances can occur over time from unhealthy lifestyle habits, dietary excess and/or environment pollutants we are all invariably exposed to on a daily basis.

This toxic waste build-up can impair health and create a chronic condition of low to high grade toxemia that can cause disease and a variety of health-related issues, especially reducing cognitive functions as we age.

Detoxification is a branch of alternative medicine that believes that when certain foods are eliminated from the diet, the body is more effectively able to pull out stored toxic substances from the cells and tissues.

Top Ways to Cleanse and Detox

1) Green Juicing

Freshly prepared juices made from chlorophyll-rich green leafy vegetables and low sugar fruits promote cleansing effects and help to alkalize the blood and carry out toxins. These can be incorporated into one's daily diet or used exclusively for a period of time.

2) Follow a Cleansing Diet

This is a raw vegan diet composed of raw or blended fruits, sprouts and vegetables, which excludes all salt, oil, fat, sugar and any condiments for a certain amount of time.

3) Cleansing Herbs and Superfoods

This list might include herbs like pau d'arco, dandelion root, milk thistle or superfood supplements such as chlorella, zeolite and MSM.

3) Rebuilding with Dietary Superfoods

The human body is an amazing design and often has the ability to restore health when given the opportunity to do so. A healthy diet plan can be a crucial step in this rebuilding phase. Now the body is ready to take in and utilize all the many building superfoods, tonics, antioxidant-rich super fruits and immune enhancing herbs.

This is the phase at which you can develop and build the body systems over time with superfoods that support long lasting health-enhancing effects.

Depending on one's current dietary practices or health issues, the foods one chooses to consume may vary considerably from one person to the next. At this level unique individualized diets are of significant relevance.

We have listed many categorized options on the pages of this site to help you to pick and select those most appropriate for your distinct nutritional needs and health goals.

Superfoods to Assist the Rebuilding Process

This list of superfoods may include many of the tonic herbal adaptogens and mushrooms such as reishi, fo-ti, chaga, astragalus and ginseng, but may also involve antioxidant-rich super fruits or foods high in mineral content, like seaweeds or shilajit.

At this restorative phase many other superfoods including mucuna, lions mane or ginkgo as well as those high in omega fatty acids might be suitable for enhancing cognitive functions.

Top List of Healthy Diet Tips

1) Blended Your Foods - One of the best ways to begin the integration process is with adding more raw smoothies and/or raw shakes to your diet.

This is an easy way to blend up a whole lot of nutrition with fairly little effort, in addition to creating pre-digested drink that is more absorbable to the body.

Certain top superfoods lend themselves very well to blending because they are in powder form. In addition, they are high concentrations of potent mineral and antioxidant sources.

Some popular ones to start with are that are easy to use in drinks as most can be found as powders: moringa, acai berry, bee pollen, spirulina, goji, ashwagandha and maca.

2) Add in More Raw Foods - Many people start by adding more raw food to their diet and experience tremendous health results.

The introduction of "living foods" to the body makes you come "alive" again. Most people feel results almost immediately.

So, try to eat as much raw fruit, veggies and superfoods as you can throughout your day. The raw fiber and enzymes will again help to sweep through any blocks in the colon region.

3) Make Fresh Juices - If you have a juicer, you can start with a glass of fresh juice in the morning. We have a few juicing recipes to give you some ideas of potential combinations.

Also, if you don't have a juicer, but have a high quality blender and a nut milk bag, check out our page on juicing without a blender.

4) Eat More Cultured Foods What about all the cultured foods, such as cultured vegetables or kombucha, that will boost your enzyme levels and help to improve digestion of the foods you eat with them?

5) Use Natural Sugar Substitutes - Perhaps you are needing to find sugar substitutes to balance a candida overgrowth or just need an alternative to refined sugars?

Sometimes a low sugar diet can be extremely beneficial to reestablish a healthy body ecology. Natural sweeteners, like stevia, are an excellent choice for low glycemic diet.

6) Integrate More Wild Foods - Take a look around your backyard for wild edible plants that will give you wild nutrition you can not buy in a store. Dandelion is a common one that you can toss into a salad or juice. It is also bitter in taste which helps to stimulate digestive juices.

7) Make Herbal Teas - Herbal tea recipes can be a great way to take in minerals and tonic roots, using your favorite herbal blends that rebuild and strengthen. Because they are liquids they are also readily available to the body.

You will be surprised at how small changes, just one thing, can begin to improve your health for the better. All you need to do is keep taking steps in the general direction.

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