As you know, The Intuition Diet™ works alongside science and research. It is recommended that the eating plan that you are on is grounded in research. The truth is, that in this day and age, I have found that pretty much any diet or eating plan out there, has research that supports it…even diets that are obviously unhealthy. In these cases the sources of the research has come into question. Therefore, to be sure you are on a healthy path, it really is important to speak with a trusted Medical Professional before making any changes with your eating. Safety first!
For many years I have been studying different eating plans from all over the world. I decided to compile a list of the top commonalities that can be found across the board. I hope this list supports you! Feel free to share it with your family and friends!
Here’s the list:
- Ensure you have fresh produce to your diet. Fresh is best, then frozen, and limit canned as much as possible.
- Eat more actual plants and less food from manufacturing plants.
- Eat foods that are ingredients more often than foods that have ingredients. Like for example, actual broccoli more often than broccoli and cheddar potato chips.
- Be aware of unknown additives! When eating foods that have ingredients be aware of what could be hidden in them. Read labels carefully and research research research anything you don’t recognize. If you still don’t know then ask someone who does!
- Soak your nuts. Research explains that nuts are best when soaked before eating. The soaking process helps with digestion and assimilation of the nuts.
- Not all water is the same. I DEFINITELY recommend filtering your water unless you get it from a source that has been tested and is completely clean and clear of all impurities. NOTE: There has been research showing prescription medication by-products in local springs and other bodies of water. This is astounding! Filter your water!
- Limit the refined sugars and refined carbohydrates. This includes white bread, white flour, white rice, white pasta, white sugar, and more. Even many foods that have been listed as “whole grain” have been refined. Research shows that when many foods are refined, many of the naturally-occurring nutrients are so modified that their benefits exist minimally or not at all. Also, foods that have been very modified have been shown to have higher glycemic index levels than the original food itself. This means that when someone eats a refined grain for example, his/her blood glucose levels may rise much higher than it would compared to when eating the grain in its whole or less modified form. Also, it is possible that these foods are so modified that a body may see the modified food as a foreign substance or toxin which could call your immune system to action and could possibly create inflammation.
- Sprouted legumes are recommended.
- Organic is best! By now many of us know that organic food has less toxins on the food compared to conventional, but what many people don’t realize is that the soil that the organic food is grown in is more nutrient dense as well. Why does that matter? The minerals that are available in organic produce FEED AND NOURISH LIFE! That is important!
- Eat your greens! This includes kale, spinach, collard greens, lettuces, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and more! Get creative!
- Watch out for table salt! Limit your intake of refined table salt. When using salt, sea salt is a much better option than table salt. You still want to watch your portion size and follow your doctor’s recommendations here!
- Flavor is important! You can flavor your foods with healthy life-giving substances like spices and herbs. Don’t like things spicy? No worries! There are still a lot of non-spicy spices and herbs that taste yummy! Also, you may want to have a little fun and see the research behind some of the spices and herbs you use. It can be fun to see how the food you are eating is ACTUALLY supporting your body’s optimal health! 🙂
- Eat locally grown foods when you can!
- Eat sea vegetables! Seaweed and other sea vegetables are filled with so many nutrients! In fact, research shows that some professional athletes use seaweed over sports drinks to support their bodies with keeping their electrolytes in a healthy range.
- It’s not just about calories! Calories are important, but the actual mechanism of the food and the effects of the substances on your body are important too! If you want to learn more about how the body responds to different foods, you may want to look into Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chinese have understood this principal for thousands of years.
- Watch your portions! This is where working with a Medical Professional can help you identify what amount of food is best for you!
- Eat every 3-4 hours and make sure your meals and snacks are balanced! Research supports eating every 3-4 hours throughout the day to support with healthy balanced blood glucose levels, optimal energy, and optimal metabolism.
- Listen to your doctor AND yourself! If you have a different belief system than your doctor, then find a doctor who aligns more with your belief system. There are many Medical Doctors now who practice Eastern and Western Medicine. If that is your desire, find him/her!
If you have any questions feel free to contact me at: ElissaErman@universalcoachingservices.com
Wishing you optimal health!
This blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information I provide is designed for educational purposes and to enhance your health and well-being. It is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a licensed health care provider or intended as medical advice. You should not use this information as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always consult your professional healthcare providers before beginning any new treatment, and with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your condition.