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Resources for Good Nutrition


With our hectic lifestyles and easy access to convenience foods, it may seem impossible to stay on track with a healthy lifestyle. However, good nutrition is the foundation of good health, and its importance cannot be overrated.

Whether you’re just starting to make healthy lifestyle changes or need more information and inspiration, come here often to get informed on food, toxins, exercise, and other elements of healthy living.


Nutritional Counceling with Tricia

 

Tricia's Guide for a Healthier Life

Tricia believes that when people eat a healthy diet and commit to an exercise program they enjoy, they will feel better about themselves. The food we eat has a direct effect on the way we feel, mentally and physically. We need to think and plan meals in advance so that there are always nutritional foods on hand. Sugar, additives, white flour, MSG and high fructose corn syrup are not helping our bodies to stay healthy. They are very addictive and interfere with proper function in the body. Her mother's wise advice, "Eat slowly and with awareness."

With growing obesity in our country, people are searching for answers. How can I lose weight? How can I eat better for my health? What's more important, diet or supplements? These are important issues and not easily (or briefly) explained. Our bodies are assaulted with many things that are unhealthy every day. Fast food, hectic lives, decrease in physical exercise, and chemical exposures are causing our bodies to go haywire. Many toxins inhibit our body from healing itself as it was designed. Many of the pharmaceutical drugs that we take suppress our immune system instead of strengthening it. People often want a quick fix or a magic pill, but it may have taken years for your body to weaken - and it will take some time to heal it as well.

It is important to understand that good supplements will not counteract the effects of a bad diet. Eating too many harmful Omega 6 oils will crowd out the beneficial Omega 3 oils. It is becoming increasing evident that our society is very deficient in Omega 3 oils. These oils protect the heart, improve brain function and protect our cells the from toxins we come in contact with. New recommendations suggest eating fish twice a week, but most of us do not follow that advice. In that case, it is very beneficial to take a high quality supplement. Fish oil has also been found to reduce your risk of stroke, while reducing symptoms of hypertension, depression, ADHD, and joint pain.

I have often been asked: Does cooking your vegetables destroy their nutrients? Some studies show that cooking vegetables has a greater anti-cancer effect than raw vegetables. This is because cooking vegetables releases flavonoids that are locked inside the plant cell. When we eat raw vegetables our digestive enzymes can't break down the cellulose which make up the cell wall. Cooking breaks down these walls and allows our bodies to absorb the nutrients. It is true that you lose some vitamins and minerals into the water while cooking, but most of the cancer fighting flavonoids are preserved.

It is not normal to feel badly as we age. Overeating, especially processed carbohydrates and sugar, taxes our digestive system and causes such problems such as, constipation, reflux, decrease in digestive enzymes, and can lead to food allergies. Overuse of antibiotics kills off healthy intestinal bacteria and can cause very harmful yeast overgrowth. It also can cause your immune system to become weak and make you more susceptible to getting sick the next time your body encounters a virus or bacteria. A lack of healthy bacteria in the colon is one of the major contributers of gastrointestinal disease, including Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel disease. Often these can be greatly improved by replacing these healthy bacteria especially after finish the antibiotic. It is also important to know that the best time to take a probiotic is at night when your stomach is the least active. This ensures that digestive enzymes are low, which allows most of the bacteria to get to the intestine alive and intact.

Eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. They supply many different vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are so beneficial to the body. Some of the most anti-cancer fighting vegetables are cruciferous vegetables such as: kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts and cauliflower. These vegetables have been shown to be beneficial to the heart as well. Something as simple as eating broccoli every day could reduce your risk of heart attack and cancer. And improve your body's ability to detoxify itself. Raspberries, blackberries and cranberries are also potent brain protectors. A number of recent studies have shown that blueberries and spinach cannot only slow aging of the brain, but can reverse some of the changes as well.

Add spice to your life! Spices have many strong anti-cancer and antimicrobial effects. Many cultures use far more spices than the average American diet. Some of the healthiest are: garlic, sage, thyme, cumin, turmeric, onion and oregano. It is a wonderful tip to always cook your fish with garlic because it binds with mercury and prevents its absorption. It is beneficial to cook meat with turmeric because of it's antimicrobial effect.

Vitamin D3 has attracted much attention. Recently, D3 has become one our most beneficial vitamins. It has been shown to slash cancer and heart disease risk. But because of the wide use of sunscreen, Rickets (Vitamin D deficiency) is now being seen on the rise in our children. Thirty Minutes of sun exposure daily is all that is needed for our bodies to produce 30,000 IU of Vitamin D.

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