Nutrition Knowledge – Eat clean for 2019 – Positively Naperville


It’s that time of year again. When we list all the changes we are going to make to “improve” ourselves.
The principles of clean eating are to put things into our body that are beneficial and easy for our body to utilize without foreign or chemical intruders. It keeps our body nourished and functioning at its optimal level.

  1. Eat natural. Less processing is better; eat food that is closest to its natural form.
  2. Eat more plants. Fruits and vegetables provide thousands of nutrients that are synergistically available in our body because of their natural form. They pack the most punch nutritionally if not processed.
  3. Transition to good fats. Fat is important in our diet if we are eating the right fats. Olive, perilla and avocado oil all have great health benefits, and MCT oils (coconut and palm oil, grass fed dairy) are excellent because they are easily digested and beneficial in our body.
  4. Decrease sugar intake. Much of the sugar we eat is hidden in our food. Eating natural foods reduces the added sugar in our diet. Reduce those sugary beverages and simple carbohydrates, like sweets.
  5. Change that saltshaker. Try cooking with herbs and spices and use forms of salt that are beneficial. Natural sea salt and pink Himalayan salt are excellent, beneficial forms of salt because of how our body is able to utilize them and the extra minerals they provide.
  6. Drink more water. We should all be drinking lots of purified water to help our bodies maintain the best nutrient delivery in our blood and the best digestive and detox processes.

Overwhelmed? Pick one thing on the list that is the biggest offender and make that a priority for one month. Once that is an actual good habit, pick another item on the list to incorporate.

Our health is the greatest gift we can give our family and ourselves. Good nutrition give us the best chance at preventing health problems a living a full life.

Happy 2019!

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