What is healthy eating – really?
Simply put, healthy eating consists of consuming wholesome and healthy foods that provide the specific nutrients you need and avoiding wholesome and healthy foods that don’t!
The absolute key point in the statement is the specific nutrients you need. So, stop buying into “canned” or “one size fits all” nutritional advice! They do not know anything about your specific nutrient needs. Just know this:
You are a unique individual, with unique nutritional needs!
Therefore, healthy eating does not include fad diets (of any kind!), foods or supplements based on “researchers have discovered” media-hype or thinking organically grown foods are the answer.
Healthy eating can contribute toward malnutrition!
Do you realize many healthy foods you currently consume could be contributing toward further nutrient imbalances? Simply put, if you continue to consume foods that are dominant in the specific nutrients that are already excessive in your body, you further contribute toward nutrient imbalances. On the other hand, if you fail to consume foods that provide the specific nutrients you need to increase, you further contribute toward nutrient imbalances. This results in subclinical malnutrition.
Contrary to popular belief, not all “healthy foods” are healthy for you because your nutritional needs are unique.
Healthy eating is an imbalanced diet!
Don’t be fooled by the old cliché eat a balanced diet! It’s a myth. Think for a moment, if your nutrient levels are currently out of balance, how could a “balanced diet” possibly correct your problem? An imbalanced diet should increase the specific nutrients that are currently deficient and at the same time, reduce specific nutrients that are currently excessive. As such, only an imbalanced diet can rebalance your nutrient levels!
For example, if your copper level is already excessive, why would you continue to consume high copper (relative to other nutrients) foods found in a balanced diet? Excessive copper is antagonistic to several other nutrients such as zinc, iron, potassium, phosphorous, vitamins B6, A, C, B3, B5, and so on.
In addition, excessive copper is associated with myriad health problems stemming from migraines to reproductive health. In fact, many in the nutritional field still refer to copper as a toxic element even though it is scientifically proven as an essential mineral for health.
As you can see in this one example, several essential nutrients can become further imbalanced all due to a balanced diet.
Healthy eating naturally creates portion control!
A healthy eating plan, specific to your nutrient needs, naturally creates portion control. Simply put, if you are malnourished you will be constantly tempted to eat because the body needs to be nourished. So, how does a healthy eating plan naturally create portion control? As your body becomes more properly nourished, several things naturally transpire that includes:
- Your satiety mechanisms engage quicker
- Your stomach shrinks
- Malnourishment is greatly reduced
- Your metabolism adjusts as needed
Keep in mind, during the beginning stage of your nutritional program; you will need to pay close attention to your portions. The simplest rule-of-thumb for portion control is to form a fist. This reveals the maximum amount of food you should consume at mealtime. Stop using your dinner plates and use a dessert, appetizer, or small salad plate around 6 inches or bowl equivalent to the size of your fist.
If you currently over-consume foods, this will be a bit difficult in the beginning. Be patient, this may require a few weeks.
Which “diet” is best for healthy eating?
Not to be redundant but popular or fad diets do not balance your nutrient levels. Normally, these are “one size fits all” diets used for weight loss programs. As such, your diet and specific nutritional needs must be approached on an individual basis.
Yes, some people are successful on many different diets but, as you know, long-term success is usually fleeting. If you find success on any particular diet, it may well be the reduction or elimination of sugar or an increase of some essential nutrients that you needed.
Hair analysis makes healthy eating simple!
A hair tissue mineral analysis is an economical lab analysis to create your individualized healthy eating plan! First, by knowing exactly which essential minerals are excessive or deficient, we provide specific recommendations about which foods you should increase or avoid.
Your specific healthy food recommendations are derived by several factors that include:
- Your current nutritional mineral levels and significant ratios
- Your current toxic element levels
- Your current metabolic profile
- Nutrient value of each food
- Nutrient interrelationships
Your report includes “General Dietary Guidelines” based on your current metabolic profile (a fast or slow metabolism). As seen in the above criteria, General Dietary Guidelines address vitamins, amino acids, carbohydrates, fats, and mineral content.
In addition, as seen in the thumbnail, specific healthy foods are also recommended to either increase or avoid in your diet. These recommendations include an informative explanation regarding the reason you should increase or avoid these foods.
You will also notice, as most of our clients do, many foods on the avoid list are “healthy foods” you probably enjoy! Remember, these recommendations are temporary and change as your metabolic profile changes. Also, if your analysis reveals the presence of toxic elements, your specific food recommendations will also address these as well.
The Diet Summary Page
Your report also includes a Diet Summary Page. The Diet Summary Page provides a quick reference for foods to increase and avoid. You simply remove this page from your report (or make a copy) and use it when shopping or even if you are dining out.
Your current diet contains many more foods than appear on this list. At this time, just continue to consume those foods moderately.
Are you ready to start building your healthy eating plan?
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