I have always been interested in health and nutrition, being an ex-nurse and medically trained it’s always been a priority of mine. I spend a great deal of my time now travelling the world and helping to spread the message of health (with my Juice Plus business), my particular passion is helping children with ADHD without the use of drugs!! But that is another story; the purpose of this post is to answer the question I often get asked….
How can we achieve our optimal health?
We have to change our bad habits. Seriously, in our fast paced modern lives we need to really take some time to get our priorities straight.
You can’t perform at your top-level if you don’t look after yourself from the inside out!
Today our biggest enemy is our lifestyle, an unbalanced diet eaten in a hurry, lack of exercise, sitting for hours at the computer terminal, and smoking and other environmental toxins as well as mental and emotional stress. We ask our bodies to deal with many burdens and then we wonder why we get sick.
Well, you cannot control all these factors, but certainly we can become more thoughtful about some of these choices. Optimal health comes from making optimal choices. It is a journey. One has to begin somewhere….
The most important actions that impact your health are daily exercise and eating more fruits and veggies – but you knew that right?
I recommend you start with looking at the food you currently eat and start looking at the nutritional content, unfortunately food produced today lacks the nutrients of food produced 30 years ago. Here are some nutrition top tips!
Tip 1 – NEVER TRUST THE FRONT OF THE PACKAGE – look for hidden truth in the ingredient list
Tip 2 – THE FIRST INGREDIENT IS ALWAYS THE BIGGEST – product contains the most of this
Tip 3 – IDENTIFY HARMFUL INGREDIENTS – The Dirty Dozen (Experience Life Mag., Jan. 2009)
- Hydrogenated Oils (Example: Peanut Butter)
- Artificial Colors (Red, Blue, Yellow, Caramel Color)
- Nitrites and Nitrates – can be carcinogenic
- Artificial sweeteners (Aspartame, Acesulfame K, Sucralose, Saccharin) or High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Preservatives (BHA, BHT, EDTA etc.)
- MSG (Monosodium glutamate)
- Hydrolyzed vegetable protein/ autolyzed yeast extract
- Potassium bromate (additive mostly in breads)
- Propyl gallate (additive in baked goods, desserts etc.)
- Sulfites(sulfur dioxide, metabisulfites, and others)
- Sodium nitrate(hot dogs, deli meats)
- Sodium benzoate or benzoic acid
Tip 5 – LOOK FOR A SHORT INGREDIENT LIST – usually means it is a much healthier choice
Tip 6 – FIBRE IS YOUR FRIEND – lowers cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar levels, prevents colon cancer, constipation, hemorrhoids, obesity. Adults need 25-50 g each day! Add 5 g to child’s age for child fibre intake. Fibre is not in processed foods or meat, milk, eggs or cheese. If possible, choose Antibiotic/Hormone Free Dairy & Meat – means it can’t come from a farm animal treated with antibiotics or growth hormones. The use of genetic engineering, irradiation, and sewage-based fertilizer is also prohibited. Avoid Enriched foods – “Manufacturers may be overloading cereals with isolated vitamins that break down over their shelf life and can provide too much iron, folic acid, etc which may increase risk of heart disease and cancer.” (US News & World Rpt, 2001)
For the next best think to eating fruits and veg take a look at the Juice Plus Concept.