Holistic Wellness – Healthy Eating

You really ARE what you eat!!

 

If you have been following my blog for any length of time then you can see that it’s all over the place regarding the topics. Well, not really. It’s all been part of the Master Plan!!

Wellness, in general, encompasses every single little thing that we are exposed to, and so, by definition, is holistic, and that includes the environment you live in, from the quality of the air inside your home to the colours on your walls and the the textiles and materials you furnish your home with.

I am a Holistic Interior Designer, which means that I make your home look wonderful, but in a manner that’s safer and healthier for you, your family and the environment.

However, no amount of organic textiles, zero VOC paints or re-purposed items will help you feel better if you are not eating properly, exercising, and generally looking after your health in a holistic fashion.

Of all the things you can be doing to help yourself, what you eat is by far the most important. You really ARE what you eat, so, sadly, if you eat a lot of junk food, you will pay the piper eventually in the form of chronic or acute disease.

If you feel that your diet has been poor so far, but you don’t know where to start or how to begin, just remember to start by taking small steps, and don’t give up. It takes a while to re-learn old habits.

Start small by:

1)

Start by shopping around the perimeter of your store – choosing as many fruits and vegetables as you can. If possible, buy local and/or organic as much as possible. Try really hard not to buy any processed or pre-packaged food.  Although they may look appealing, they are chock-a-block full of sodium, preservatives and chemicals to make them taste better.

2)

Learn to cook. There’s no point in buying all these fruits and vegetables if you don’t know what to do with them. Luckily there’s such a vast gamut of cooking websites, many with how-to videos so you can learn the techniques you will need to cook succesfully.

3)

Try not to eat out as much as possible. Unfortunately, most restaurants rely on deep-frying to make foods taste better – but it’s really not good for you at all. The oil that is used begins to develop trans-fats in it almost immediately, and we all know that restaurants will keep the deep-frying oil for several days and just keep re-using it. So the food, no matter how wholesome it starts out, is being cooked in a toxic cocktail. Blegh!

4)

Be organized. If you lead a really busy, hectic lifestyle, set aside a day a week to plan, shop, pre-prepare the ingredients you might need, and or pre-cook and freeze. A great resource for meal planning in this way is Sandi Richard. She also has a cooking show where she helps various families get organized with their meal planning.

For a lot more really helpful advice,and some wonderful recipes,I recommend you check out Julianne Bitely’s website. She is a wellness coach in Little Rock. On her website is a link to an e-book on Intergrative Nutrition written by Joshua Rosenthal (the founder of the Institute for Integrative Nutritionthat you can download for free.

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