There is a thing called empty calories.
Just because you are keeping in your calorie count does not mean that you will be able to lose the weight. Human nature tends to favor foods that contain empty calories, these types of food may fill you for a short space of time but they have absolutely no nutritional value.
Have you ever wondered why you suddenly crave a salty snack? Your body is signaling you that there is a lack of specific nutrients. If you constantly supply your body with nutrient dense food your body will not have to keep adjusting but simply function properly and conserve energy that will be used as fuel.
What this means to you is you will have a lot more energy. There are some foods that have a very high nutrient count, they are very easy to digest and leave the body with the greatest amount of energy. These foods will leave you feeling fuller for longer.
High nutrients versus low energy spent.
Here is a list of foods to look out for that contains:
- Whole foods (vegetables, berries, fruits, legumes, grains, nuts, seeds) • Raw or cooked at low temperature
- Naturally alkaline forming foods to balance your body’s pH levels ( like leafy greens & vegetables) Fiber rich carbohydrates (vegetables!) are the foundation of a stress-reducing diet. So, you should put the most focus on leafy greens and colorful vegetables.
- Leafy greens like: kale, spinach, swiss chard, lettuce, parsley, dandilion green
- Vegetables like: broccoli, red cabbage, brussels sprouts, turnips, carrots, parsnips, beets, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, yams, avocado….
The importance of Antioxidants
Every day, your body is exposed to “free radicals” that are found in your external and internal environment – pollution, pesticides and cigarette smoke, to little sleep, to much sport – to much for your current level, electric smog..!
On one side we need “free radicals” to help our immune system work for protection, but if the free radicals become rampant ( because of our environment and lifestyle) – they are causing cellular damage and oxidation that can lead to unwanted body reactions. But not to worry—that’s where antioxidants come in…and choosing a diet rich in antioxidants is something you do have power over!
Antioxidants prevent free radicals from damaging your body. You can easily add antioxidants to your diet through delicious foods that you’ll love to indulge in anyway!
Where can you find antioxidant rich foods?
- Berries & Grapes
- Vegetables of all colours
- Cold-pressed oils – hemp-seed oil, flaxseed oil, canola oil…
- Fresh herbs and spices (Nutritionally speaking, it’s hard to argue against the benefits of a balanced plant-based diet—you’ll still get all the vitamins and essential nutrients you’d otherwise get from animal-based foods, plus the long-term rewards of the healthier, cleaner body you seek.
If you are struggling with a 70% plant based approach and think “I can’t eat that much fruits and veggies” – but also see and know that this is essential for your body, start taking a whole food based nutritional supplement.
I prefer Juice Plus+ which contains the juice powder of berries, fruits and vegetables. And each ingredient is specially selected to provide a broad range of nutritional benefits. Juice Plus+ is supported by clinical research conducted by researchers at leading hospitals and universities around the world and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
It is essential that when you are going for a diet, that your body gets enough micronutrients to support your metabolism and your excretory function.
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