My Top 10 Healthy Eating Habits
I am personally not a fan of major detoxes and fad diets. This will often set you up for failure. For lasting change, it is best to incorporate some smaller healthy habits that will stick for good. Here are my top 10 ways to incorporate more healthy mindful eating and gentle daily detox for better health:
1.) Drink more water, preferably fluoride free. Hydration is important and water is the single best way to cleanse your system. Replace sodas and sugary drinks with more water. For some natural electrolytes add a dash of high quality sea salt 1-2x a day.
2.) Eat mindfully. When you sit to eat. Eat. Digestion starts in the brain. If you are in front of a screen or reading a book your digestion is not at its best. Meals with friends and family is the best way to digest. Also, take time to chew your food. The more you chew the less work your stomach has to do and the more enzymes you create.
3.) Cut out the processed junk food and reduce the carbs! Reducing (not omitting!) carbs by just a few servings a day = big change for health. Reach for a piece of fruit, plain yogurt, veggies and dip, or dried fruit and nuts instead of chips and candy. Cook meals that do not come from a box. Carefully consider how processed some “health” foods can be. Most times gluten is replaced with sugar and msg in boxed gluten-free foods. Eat foods as close to their original state as possible. Also, take a look at your beauty products and feed your skin simple nourishing ingredients instead of a chemical cocktail.
4.) Incorporate fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt and kefir. Fermented foods are full of natural probiotics and are healing to your gut. And, these days all our guts could use a little healing and sealing.
5.) Make your own chicken or bone broth and use it for cooking or snack on it. Broth is healing to your gut and filling as well. The gelatin is soothing to your GI system. Choose grass fed and organic meats whenever possible.
6.) Stop eating sugar!!! and foods that quickly turn to sugar once consumed. Sugar, and even most artificial sweeteners, are addicting and extremely damaging to your system causing a cascade of negative health issues and all sorts of cravings. Strive to even out sugar spikes in your system. Fuel your body throughout the day and get off that insulin roller coaster.
7.) Incorporate more veggies. Eat salads, smoothies, juice your veggies. For dinner have the veggies be your largest portion. Strive to add as many veggies to your days as you are able. When cooked right veggies are amazing and you do not have to suffer through them. Some real butter makes everything taste better!
8.) Incorporate detoxing herbs, teas or essential oils into your daily routine. Try turmeric, milk thistle, clay, DE and/or magnesium. Be safe and knowledgeable about what you include in your diet, research it, you have a multitude of resources at your fingertips
9.) Incorporate a high quality fish oil into your daily supplement routine. Fish oil can help with depression, curb inflammation and will support healthy bones, joints and teeth. Do NOT just grab the least expensive brand out there and expect good results. Go for quality.
10.) Breath deep and have some gratitude. Stress is terrible for your health. Take some time away, even just 5 minutes, to really breath deep and mindfully. Meditate and be thankful for what you have.
You will find that once you start incorporating some of these small habits to your daily life it gets easier to include more. This will result in big changes to your health that will stick for good.
How many of these tips are you incorporating into your diet right now? Is there anything you would add to this list?