12 years ago, I changed my lifestyle dramatically. A simple comment by a coworker led me to adjust my daily habits until eventually my daily routine was completely different. I incorporate these healthy habits to this day, despite my many responsibilities taking care of my 2 young children. Family dinners, cooking, yoga, fresh air and meditation are all things that are regular activities in my home.
Eventually, I left my career in advertising to study natural nutrition and graduated from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in 2005. I subsequently worked with Clients to help them change their eating habits and food choices. The result was weight loss, managed medical conditions and increased energy and health.
So many people struggle with weight loss and one of the results of my lifestyle change is a weight loss of 60lbs. I believe that the only way to maintain a weight loss is through gradual change and adjustments that I went through. The main purpose of this blog is to give tips and guidance to make similar changes. My aim is to include an inspirational tip each day throughout 2013 using my knowledge from school, professional experience and my own experience.
I start by explaining natural nutrition. What is it and what some of the terms mean. I will welcome in the New Year tomorrow with a simple tip to get started.
Good luck and I look forward to our journey together!
What is Holistic or Natural Nutrition?
Holistic Nutrition is a way of eating that uses only natural foods that provide optimal benefit to the body without harmful side effects.
Why eat naturally?
It’s hard to believe we have a problem with malnutrition in Canada. But malnutrition isn’t caused by a lack of food, it’s caused by a lack of nutrients. The food choices we make do not supply our bodies with the nutrients it needs to function, let alone filter the toxins we are exposed to every day. Our bodies suffer and symptoms such as low energy, the ability to think clearly as well as physical symptoms such as rashes, dry skin or joint problems start to appear.
Simple changes and choosing natural, whole foods over processed or packaged food will give your body the nutrients it needs to keep you healthy. Treat your body well and it will return the favour.
What do the terms natural and organic mean?
A natural food is one that is as close to it’s original form as possible. It does not contain any artificial flavours, colours, additives or preservatives. The less processing, heating or changes the food has gone through, the more nutrients (such as vitamins and minerals) remain in it.
Organic foods are natural foods that have been grown or produced without the use of chemicals (such as pesticides) or antibiotics (frequently given to livestock to prevent illness). Eating organic has a whole range of benefits but primarily it results in less pollution for you and the Earth.