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Our Whole Health Philosophies
We’re believers in whole body, big-picture health. We’re convinced that the connection between the mind and the body is inarguable and stress management is as important as what’s on your plate. Additionally, we agree that both alternative/function medicine and conventional medicine play a role in disease management and overall health.
Much more on this in future episodes!
How to make good food choices and emotional blocks to eating healthy
There are lots of factors that play a role in our food choices. Bad decisions can stem from habits, a history of wrong choices, a sense of failure, a lack of impulse control, and family/peer pressure.
That’s why having tools to help you with your decisions are is important!
- Ask a list of questions before you eat anything. ►Is this food rich in nutrients? ►How will I feel after I eat this? ►Is this food a part of my health values?
- Food Journal – list what you’re craving and the emotion tied to it.
- Breath, Meditate, Affirmations – an example: “I accept how important it is for me to eat healthfully in order to feel my best.”
- Remember how you felt after you ate the unhealthy food last time.
- Have an alternative snack ready that you know will keep you distracted from the unhealthy food. Dark chocolate, plantain chips, homemade treats, apple chips.
Details are up on the blog: 5 Questions That Can Help You Make Better Daily Food Choices
- Did I eat a variety of colors at each meal today?
- Did I have some carbs/fats/protein at each meal? Good balanced meals set you up for feeling full and satisfied. The ratios you need are so individualized…pay attention to what feels best for you.
- Did I eat something that benefited my gut? Examples include sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt, kombucha. 4. Have I eaten the same stuff over and over for the past several days? And what could I be missing?
- If I eat a treat, am I crowding out other better food choices?
►Food cravings as a sign of nutrient deficiencies
►Decide whether it’ll work best for you to go cold-turkey or to transition to more healthful dessert options before decreasing.
►A no-deprivation but nutrient dense dessert: Maple Encrusted Bacon Wrapped Figs
►Set your absolutes: Brittany can’t do nuts or dairy and Alex avoids gluten like the plague.
►L-glutamine supplement – Talk with your health care provider about it! But we each take about 1 gram in between meals for sugar cravings and gut health support.
Dry Winter Skin
►Hydrating from the inside out by drinking enough fluids, eating enough fats in the diet
►Omega 3s from fatty fish (sardines!), coconut butter
►Oil vs water hydration, use both water soluble and oil soluble things
►Details are up in the post How I Use Oils to Moisturize
►Best oils for providing nutrients: coconut, sweet almond, argan oil, etc.
►Best oils for sealing: coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and my favorite, castor oil.
►Homemade lotions: you can tweak the oil to water ratios depending on how much hydration you need.
►Find Alex’s favorite lotion recipe here
►Best store bought lotions: Alaffia lotions and Jason lotions (have gluten free ones as well)
Food Swap Suggestion
What is the quickest gluten free noodle option?
Kelp Noodles and shiitake noodles. (Found at local grocery stores and Asian Food Markets.)
When transitions individually or for families: transitioning slowly is good! You can start with rice or buckwheat noodles before getting to the more veggie based ones.
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