Greening-up your diet to a healthy level is imperative if you want your body to be able to effectively fight disease, illness and support a healthy weight. A healthy diet should always be foundational for any type of health and wellness protocol. Unfortunately the definition of “healthy” is often ridiculous such as pre-packaged foods and drinks. And very often what we believe is healthy may actually be laden with hidden chemicals and other toxins. The more that you can green-up your diet, the better your body will function and the better you will feel. While it is true that our Creator has endowed your body with efficient healing abilities, it was not made to be continually bombarded with toxic chemicals, animal hormones, antibiotics, dyes and other toxins.
When it comes to wellness, green is the new black. Greening-up is not only about adding more green veggies and fruits to your diet, but also about learning ways to make sure the food you put into your body is organic or locally-grown, chemical-free, GMO-free and nutrient dense. Best of all, when you consciously choose to green-up your diet the pay-off will be increased energy levels, weight stabilization and best of all – your self-confidence will soar!
Loretta Lanphier, Naturopathic Practitioner
Below are 12 ways to green-up your diet that I recommend to my clients. When you green-up your diet effectively, your body will receive exactly what it needs to perform daily healing and repair work. Most of the recommendations below are easy to incorporate. For those recommendations you may find difficult, I suggest doing what you can, when you can.
12 Ways to Green-Up Your Diet
1. Buy Organic
While buying organic may seem very expensive, in the long run it may actually save you money by not needing to visit your doctor so often.
2. Buy Local
Buying local supports your local farmers and farmers’ markets and allows you to have fresh produce that is grown organically or grown under organic conditions.
3. Grow a Garden
Having your own garden will save you a lot of money. A personal garden also allows you the peace of mind of knowing exactly how the plants are grown and harvested. IF you don’t have adequate space, container gardening is a great choice.
4. Cook with Fresh Herbs
Cooking with herbs can help healthy veggies taste awesome! Chose herbs that you cook with the most often and always grow a herb in which you can become accustomed to using. A window herb garden is not only pretty but also very easy to have fresh herbs at your fingertips.
5. Eat Some Raw Nuts & Seeds Every Day
6. Prepare Your Own Food and Eat at Home
Preparing your own food and eating at home gives you total control over what you are putting into your body. It’s important to know the source of your food and how it is being prepared. People who eat as close to nature as possible find a renewed sense of health, wellness and energy.
7. Drink Purified Water
Every cell in your body is bathed in water. It just makes sense to be sure that the water you are drinking is clean and non-toxic. I suggest using glass water bottles and never drink water packaged in plastic.
8. Drink Herbal Green Teas
Herbal green teas provide many health benefits one of which is increasing metabolic activity in the body. Many believe that green teas can also help with weight control and energy levels.
9. Replace Refined Sugar with Stevia and/or Raw Honey
Insulin levels that are on a continual roller coaster will eventually bring on insulin-related disease, especially obesity and diabetes. Retrain your taste buds to where those cravings for “sweet” become less and less.
10. Avoid all GMO Foods
Genetically Modified Foods are becoming all too common, in my opinion. There has not been enough time to research all the effects these foods may have on the body. However, of the studies that have been done, many of them are providing results that are very concerning. I highly suggest eliminating any GMO foods or foods in which the labels do not indicate GMO-Free.
11. Use Healthy Oils & Fats
To function properly, your body must have an abundance of healthy oils and fats. I recommend oils such as cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil, unrefined coconut oil, flax seed oil, hemp seed oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, walnut oil and macadamia nut oil. Implementing a variety of healthy oils in your diet will provide your body with beneficial vitamins, antioxidants and fats, some of which have very effective anti-inflammatory properties.
12. Drink Freshly Juiced Vegetable Juice
One to two glasses of freshly made vegetable juice every day is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can give your body. Digestion of freshly prepared juice is easy and quick allowing the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients effective transportation, absorption and utilization in your body.
If the motivation to green-up your diet is lacking, I highly encourage you to look for things you can change to get your diet under better control. Just take it one step at a time. Are you incorporating exercise in your life every day? Would losing some weight put you in better health? When was the last time you cleansed your body? Sometimes these are important factors in getting healthy, but not always. At any rate, if your current lifestyle choices aren’t putting you where you want to be, I suggest making a decision to implement some of the ideas in this article. Getting healthy is not always easy, but the good news is that when the body is healthy and you actually feel good, living life becomes nothing short of amazing.