Equestrian Spirit

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Never DIET AGAIN!

Is that too bold of a statement? Don't follow a diet, don't follow a trend, get educated! Low fat, high fat, low carb, sugar free, paleo, aitkins, cabbage soup, grapefruit, lemon detox, subway diet, low cal, weight watchers, juice fasting, is there any wonder we are all so confused about what to eat!? The biggest problem that I see with a diet is the assumption that weight is intangibly linked to health and that simply by losing weight we become healthy and that if we are skinny we are healthy. However, this couldn't be any further from the truth! You can be skinny and unhealthy, you can be overweight as stated by your BMI and be healthier than a skinny person. We need to change our perspective on this. Your weight does not define your health. You need to feed your body nutrition to be healthy. A healthy lifestyle incorporates all facets of your life, mind, spirit and body. Nutritionally, if you are want to "be healthy" all you have to do is the following, every day!

Avoid

  • Refined and processed sugars
  • Refined and processed carbohydrates
  • Foods with added chemicals such as preservatives and numbers in the ingredients list but also include elements of packaging that get absorbed into the foods and pesticides
  • Trans fats and partially hydrolysed fats

Reduce

  • Saturated fats
  • Gluten
  • Dairy containing casein
  • Omega 6 fatty acids
  • Foods that you don't feel good after eating either emotionally such as guilt or physically such as headaches, bloating and indigestion

Increase

  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Herbs
  • Antioxidant rich foods
  • Colourful fruits and vegetables
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Prebiotic and probiotic foods
  • Fibre
  • Naturally occurring anti-inflammatories
  • Sprouted and fermented grains

There you have it. Sounds so simple right? Well we really don't have to overcomplicate it. Just eat foods that are as close to their original source as possible to feed your body optimal nutrition that it can uses in its daily processes without overwhelming it man made chemicals it needs to figure out what to do with. 

A food that is HEALthy has HEALing properties

A food that is healthy has nutrient density

A food that is healthy has a higher ration of nutritional and healing properties to calories

An extra tip

Read labels!!

Most of foods you are eating that aren't healthy come wrapped in plastic or cardboard. There are 2 points to make on this.

  • The closer to the beginning of the list the food is the higher it is in concentration in that food
  • If you don't recognise the ingredient there is a good chance your body doesn't either

So the next you are shopping and you are picking out healthy food choices make sure you check the label and not the marketing on the front. You could be buying wholegrain oat bread but if you turn it over and look at the label I can guarantee you most brands will only have 3% whole grain oat and the rest will be wheat, or buying what you think is a healthy snack but when you turn it over and look at the label the first 3 ingredients are 3 different forms of sugar. My favourite one is a particular brand of spinach wrap. Sounds delicious right? If I remember correctly .03% of wrap is spinach and what gives it the green "spinach" colour is actually green food dye.

The companies are clever, they know what you need to see to buy there foods and spend your money with them and they know they don't actually have to be selling healthy foods to promote them as healthy. Remember that the consumer drives the supplier. So if we remain ignorant and buy foods based on the flashy marketing and not the actual ingredients, thats what they will continue to sell us. However, if we get educated, together we can identify our increasing exposure to these toxic compounds and together decide to make healthier choices that will drive the companies to stop producing these cheap, calorie dense, nutrient depleted foods and start selling quality foods. The movement has already started be a part of it! Make educated food choices. Drive the market in the right direction. Stop marinating your body in inflammation. Don't be manipulated by big business marketing campaigns that aren't selling what they say they are. 


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