Feel Great ~ Increase Energy ~ Prevent Disease
Holistic nutrition includes consciously eating healthy foods that promote vibrant physical and mental health, while supporting a strong immune system and preventing disease.
Healthy food and nutrient supplementation (nutraceuticals)
can also be used as medicine to control or reverse most health issues.
If you haven't already read and implemented the information in the Drink Pure Water, Healthy Colon, and Holistic Detoxification sections of this website, please do that before or while
starting any major changes in your eating habits. Living the principles of holistic nutrition will make a huge difference in how food is assimilated and
utilized by your body.
An excellent tool for re-patterning your thoughts, attitudes and beliefs about yourself, your health and food is the
Eating For Excellent Health Now! Behavior Modification Program. I love the Think Right Now! behavior modification CDs and have successfully used many of the programs myself.
No matter what your current eating habits are or how long you've had them, Eating For Excellent Health Now!
can help you eliminate any doubts you may have about your ability to permanently change your diet and will quickly put
you on the road to healthy eating.
Though there isn't a specific diet that will accommodate all people, there are certain basic Holistic Nutrition
Guidelines to use when choosing the food you eat and the way you prepare it.
Holistic Nutrition ~ Guidelines For Healthy Eating
What To Eat
- Drink adequate amounts of purified water - at least eight 8-ounce glasses daily. Even mild dehydration will interfere with the digestive process and aggravate several symptoms and diseases.
- Choose organic food as much as possible to avoid pesticides, herbicides, genetically modified (GMO)
foods, and irradiated food. Fresh organically grown food has more nutrient value and tastes better, and organic meats
and dairy don't contain hormones and antibiotics.
- Select whole grains when buying foods such as bread, pasta, rice, tortillas, and cereal.
Whole grains provide more nutrients and fiber.
About 22 natural
nutrients are processed out of grains in the making of refined flour products. 'Enriched' is a misnomer since only 6 or 8 synthetic nutrients are actually returned after processing.
- Try to buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Sometimes it's better to eat freshly harvested local
produce that isn't certified organic, rather than organic produce that was harvested before ripening and transported
thousands of miles to the grocery store.
If you can't grow your own produce, find a Farmers' Market in your area, or ask your grocer to offer local produce.
- Essential fatty acids are necessary for good health, so eat good fats in moderation but don't avoid fat
altogether. Use organic cold-pressed oil such as extra virgin olive oil for salads. Cooking requires an oil that can be
heated without being denatured, so choose organic canola or coconut oil. Flax seed oil is a great addition to a breakfast smoothie.
- Eat raw and minimally processed whole living food as much as possible. Foods in their natural state contain more nutrients and active enzymes. I love the versatility of the Vita-Mix for preparing nutritious foods, juices, healthy desserts, and even baby food.
- Eat a variety of nutrient-rich healthy foods. There is no single food that provides the more than 40 different nutrients we need for good health. Experiment with different foods and recipes.
What To Avoid
- Eliminate refined sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) and sucralose (Splenda). All contribute significantly to serious health problems.
- Salt: Limit sodium to less than 2,300 mg per day - equivalent to about one teaspoon of salt. Check food labels; you'll be amazed how much sodium is added to processed foods. Substitute regular table salt for something healthier, like sea salt or Himalayan salt.
- Coffee and sodas - non-foods that have many destructive physiological consequences which cause several illnesses and chronic disease.
- Trans fats (hydrogenated oils); saturated fats - primarily from animal sources such as red meat, and whole milk dairy products.
- Don't microwave food or beverages. Use a toaster oven, double boiler, tea kettle, or other appliance to heat or cook food.
- Food additives: artificial colors and flavors, preservatives, MSG
- Genetically modified (GMO) foods: Unfortunately, it's not required that the consumer be notified about the
presence of GMO foods. Most canola and soy is GMO, so never buy non-organic canola oil or non-organic soy
products like soy milk, tofu, or soy protein powder.
Other Considerations of Holistic Nutrition
- Use natural plant-based digestive enzymes to enhance your digestion. Enzymes will also reduce the
formation of certain digestive by-products that can lead to intestinal toxicity and autointoxication. Our ability to produce enzymes decreases as we get older, and cooking and processing destroys the enzymes that were originally part of the food.
- Use a high quality daily multi-nutrient to supplement your healthy food choices. Even most organic
produce doesn't have the same nutritional value that foods had several decades ago.
Modern agricultural and food distribution practices and compromised soil, air, and water quality have degraded the
nutritional content of food. Today we would have to eat much larger portions to get sufficient nutrients from our food.
- If changing to a healthier eating lifestyle is a major shift for you, make gradual changes. Developing new
eating habits can feel overwhelming and confusing, and that may interfere with your success in making permanent
You can start with substitution. For instance, if you love hamburgers, stop buying the fast food junk and
make your own. Buy organic or free-range ground meat, or organic vegi-burger patties. Use whole grain buns, and
organic lettuce, cucumber and tomato. Try different condiments - like pesto thinned with olive oil instead of using
- Clean out your kitchen pantry and refrigerator to get rid of unhealthy foods. Read the label ingredients to
help decide what to toss or give away.
- Eat moderate portions; remember that a serving of meat is 3 ounces - about the size of a deck of cards. A
serving of pasta is about a half cup. We've become used to super-sized portions, but we're turning into a nation of sick
- Eat regular meals and start out the day with a nutritious breakfast. A smoothie with almond milk, fruit,
protein powder and fiber is delicious and will jump start your metabolism and provide a lasting energy boost. Eating six
smaller meals is better than 3 large meals.
- Treat yourself! A healthy diet doesn't have to deprive you of the foods you love. Experiment with healthy
substitutes and use moderation.
I love my chocolate, but I've learned to eat it in moderation and limit it to organic dark varieties. Same with chocolate chip cookies - an occasional treat, but I make them with organic ingredients including whole wheat flour, wheat germ, walnuts, agave nectar, date sugar, and chocolate chips. Best in the world!
Living the principles of holistic nutrition will reward you
with vibrant health, stamina, and a clear mind.
Nutritional Value of Fruits and Vegetables Fruits and vegetables are nutrient-rich foods that will help you avoid many chronic diseases. Eat five to thirteen servings daily.
Whole Grains Are Rich In Fiber, Vitamins,
Minerals, and Phytonutrients How do we identify true whole grain products and what are the health benefits of
eating whole grains?
Dangers of Soy Foods ~ Or Should It Be...
The Health Benefits of Soy? This has been the subject of a huge debate in the nutrition community for many
years. Both sides of the controversy have strong arguments to support their positions.
Use a Slow Cooker Crockpot To Prepare
Delicious Nutritious Food There are many benefits to using a slow cooker. The crock pot cooking appliance is
a time saving way to get a hot, nutritious meal on the table with minimal effort.
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