By Nancy Addison CHC, AADP
We all want to be our healthiest and have radiance from the inside out. We may also wish to get in shape for the warmer weather, when we wear shorts or a swimsuit.
So, where to start?
Eating locally grown, fresh organic foods has many benefits for health and weight loss. When we get healthier, our weight usually adjusts itself.
Local, fresh, organic food that has been ripened on the tree or vine is packed with salvestrols. These have natural cancer-fighting properties and more nutrients. For example, Vitamin C, chromium, and sulfur are a few critical nutrients that are very fragile and often get damaged in storage, packing, and transport.
Even in the winter, I’ve found the local farmers have an abundance of fresh food from their greenhouses. Find a local farmers market and enjoy a weekend outing to stock up on fresh food for the week and meet a local farmer.
You can look up Farmers Markets near you by using the Local Harvest website and the National Resources Defense Council’s Local Food. The NRDC website to see what markets are near you. If you want to see what is in season in your area each month, check out the Field to Plate’s Seasonal Lookup Guide. By eating more fresh, whole, organic food in its natural form, you can restore your health, vitality, and a healthy weight.
This can be as simple as having a diet that is 80 percent whole, raw unprocessed food. It can have life-changing results. Whole, raw foods will feed the body on a deep, cellular level without stressing it as much as cooked food does. People who consume fresh, uncooked foods find they don’t need to eat as much and they feel more satisfied. I think it is because their body is truly getting the nutrition it needs.
One big reason that fresh, whole plant-based foods are so beneficial to health is because they are high in fiber. Fiber adds bulk to your diet and fills you up more effectively than refined, processed foods. Eating more fiber-rich foods can help control your appetite so you take in fewer calories. Studies show that a diet that is high in fiber, made up of fresh fruits and veggies, can also help the body reverse diabetes, heart disease, and many cancers.
So, buy a rainbow of colorful, fresh, organic fruits and veggies for your meals this month. Give your body the nutrients it needs to create the health and vitality you desire. Our body is our temple. Let’s honor that temple and give it the quality food it truly deserves. In this way, you will have radiant health from the inside out!
Nancy Addison is a certified health counselor, certified in plant-based nutrition, certified raw food chef, certified in Health-Supportive Cooking, and certified in Mediterranean Cooking. Nancy is the author of 6 award-winning functional nutrition books. Go to https://organichealthylife.com/ for more information.
Medical Disclaimer: Information provided in this article, is for informational purposes only. The information is a result of years of practice and experience by Nancy Addison CHC, AADP. However, this information is NOT intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional, or any information contained on or in any product label or packaging.
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