five steps to better nutrition

March is well known as nutrition month. It is a perfect time of year to up the ante with your dietary agenda. If you are looking for some tips on how to incorporate some easy changes that will make a huge impact on your overall health, here are my top five!

Step One

Add more dietary fiber. It is very important to make sure that you are getting adequate amounts of fiber every day coming from raw fruits and vegetables. The more fiber you take in, the stronger your elimination will be as fiber is meant to clean. Please stay away from boxed cereals that market added fiber. These are usually loaded with sugars. Besides the fiber, raw fruits and veggies are complete with vitamins, minerals, and enzymes!

Step Two

Stay hydrated with good pure water. I know water is not food, but it is important to understand the role that it plays in the body. The more hydrated you are, the better you will digest food and suffer less with constipation issues. Your bones become dry and brittle and lose elasticity if you are not well hydrated. Our lungs are 80% water and for them to expand and expel mucous, they require water. Aim for 1 liter of water for every 40 pounds of body weight.

Step Three

Stay away from refined sugars and flour. Products that are loaded with gluten and sugar will not only pack on the pounds but make you feel tired and foggy. It is much harder for our bodies to break down complex sugars from breads, cookies, and cakes than from simple sugars like fruit. Digestion is work and robs your body of real energy. If you are craving sweet, choose fruits, or dried fruits instead.

Step Four

Try to go more organic. When you eat food coming from crops that are heavily sprayed with glyphosate, your body must try and deal with that pesticide. It can create a hormonal storm as this is so foreign to our cells. This list will give you a good idea of what to choose

Step Five

Stay away from a long list of names on labels that you cannot even pronounce. I would really like to suggest that you stay away from labels altogether as these foods are man-made and nutrient deficient. They will not offer your cells any nutrients and most probably are loaded with nasty fats and chemicals. Go for real food that have no labels.

Frances Michaelson

A pioneer in the fitness industry, Frances opened the first personal training center in the West Island of Montreal in 2001. In 2008 , Frances had the “gut feeling“ that there was more to learn about health and how our bodies function, which led to further her education in the field of Naturopathy and holistic nutrition. She has since authored two books. Her latest book, "Do you Have the Guts to be Healthy" was published in March 2021. As a trainer and naturopath, she truly loves seeing people transform themselves by trusting their bodies instead of getting caught up in the medical system. Practicing health is the only way to live the gift of life well!

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