This past week I was reminded of the importance of food and health. I have a family member that has been struggling with digestive issues since Christmas and can't seem to get better. Due to a series of events, all the good bacteria in their colon was wiped out and the unfortunately the bad bacteria took over. They are now on a strict diet that includes a lot of intense probiotics to help restore the good bacteria.
When I shared this story with a dear friend she confided in me about her own struggle with understanding nutrition and how over the past several years she changed her life by changing how she eats. I was inspired. She has struggled with depression and other health related issues and had been on many medications and seen many doctors, none of which seem to help. However, she had the good fortune of becoming friends with a woman who eats mostly organic whole foods. Though that relationship she learned about the importance of eating whole foods and reducing or eliminating all processed foods. She shared how this change in the way she ate changed her whole outlook on life. She was able to eliminate the medication for depression and her health improved. She now has an organic garden in her backyard and her kids are learning the value of food. She loves her green smoothies in the morning and how some of her kids behavioral issues are no longer an issue.
Our skin is no better than what we put in our body. When we consume processed foods and refined sugars as a regular part of our diet, we aren't giving our body good building blocks to produce radiant skin. Beauty always starts from the inside out.
Simple tips on ways to eat better:
- Eat more green foods. Eat spinach, kale, broccoli or any green veggie
- Drink plenty of water every day. A minimum of 64 oz per day. Get a reusable water bottle and keep it with you at all times so that you can easily track how much you drink.
- Reduce or eliminate processed foods. That means anything that comes in a package. I realize in today's society this can be difficult but if you need a snack, reach for an apple or a handful of almonds. Stay away from packages and refined sugars.
Here's to our good health and enjoyment of the wonderful foods available to us though Mother Nature!
Here is the new government-recommended food chart. It's a good place to start.