Clean eating involves being mindful about where and how your food has come to you. But it doesn’t have to be complicated – it’s simply about eating healthy, whole foods. So here are ten tips to help you make healthier food choices …
Think twice about foods that are tinned or packaged in plastic and do not resemble their original form. Processed foods are usually jam packed with sugar and high fructose corn syrup, which have been linked to a range of chronic diseases.
It’s just staggering how much added sugar has crept into the average diet. Cutting out sugar removes a lot of empty kilojoules/calories from your diet and may lower your risk for a host of health conditions including depression, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
Trans fats are a type of unsaturated fat that can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Oils such as hydrogenated vegetable oil and margarine are high in trans fats. So, opt for healthier alternatives like extra virgin olive oil, butter, coconut oil, flaxseed and macadamia oil, which are high in beneficial fats and oils.
Eating a colourful variety of fruits and vegetables can make a world of difference to your health. This is because, nutritionally speaking, vegetables of similar colours have similar nutritional properties. So mix it up and aim to have at least two to three different colours on your plate.
Often, foods contain higher levels of nutrients and enzymes before they’re cooked. So, increasing your consumption of raw, uncooked foods can be a simple way to improve nutrition and digestion.
Seasonal produce is fresher and higher in vitamins and minerals. So take the time to observe what’s in season – it’ll add variety to your diet and can help you avoid imported products, which may have travelled huge distances and spent time in storage.
Functional foods are foods that contain health-giving additives, like antioxidants, probiotics and prebiotics. Think fermented foods like apple cider vinegar, kefir, kimchi and sauerkraut, which can all act as natural probiotics), bone broth, which helps with gut healing and immunity, turmeric, which helps with inflammation, or berries and green tea for their antioxidant count.
Organic foods are free from pesticides, additives, antibiotics or other chemical residues. Product by product, we all dictate the market and, together, we can steer farming towards organic products that are far healthier than heavily sprayed produce – so when you see it, grab it!
Free range eggs are more nutritious than caged eggs – and who wouldn’t pay a little more for eggs laid by chooks who are well looked after? There’s a great app called CluckAR (available from iTunes and Google Play), which lets you check the manufacturer’s definition of ‘free range’ by simply scanning the barcode with your phone. It’s free and it’s easy!
Dehydration can cause many health problems including muscular aches and pain, headaches, fatigue and constipation. So get yourself a filter and enjoy the only (almost) free detox we know about.
Do you suffer from allergies/sensitivities? Discover our natural allergy treatment!
At Health & Wellness Australia & Auckland (HWA), we use an alternative technique called muscle testing (or kinesiology) to help identify your hay fever triggers. Following testing, you can work with your practitioner to address your sensitivities using a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT). PAT is a non-invasive, holistic therapy, which:
Our Naturopaths may also recommend supplements, herbs and lifestyle advice to help you achieve the best long-term results.
Want to know if see if PAT can help you? Get in touch!
Send our practitioners a question using our Ask a practitioner service, and you’ll get a call-back or reply straight to your email inbox.
Call our head office on 1300 853 023 (Aust) / 09 479 5997 (NZ), Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm (EST).
This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage allergy-related symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.
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