Easy Ways to Reset Your Nutrition
Daja and I LOVE food! Seriously, we just love it! We enjoy every part of it, the sights, smells and tastes. Wow! It’s just FUN and something to get really excited over. Want to know something we HATE? Seriously, hate? Dieting. We feel depriving yourself of food will just not get you anywhere you want to go other than miserable! It’s also really bad for you! Now before you go and get all upset and start leaving us nasty comments let me explain that we are not suggesting that you go off and just eat whatever you want, whenever you want it so that we all become the size of a…
That is certainly not a healthy way to live!
If you have spent any time with us you know that we think fat is good. You will never hear us suggest eating “low fat” food or food products. Our bodies need fat to function properly. Now take a minute and go back and look at our November and December meal plans. They are full of glorious feast foods. It was a season for feasting. We enjoyed every moment of it, but now we have to consider going back to a more balanced eating approach. Additionally, if we’re going to enjoy feast-times and keep them special we can’t be eating that way all the time.
Our “Baby Step” goal for January was to do a nutritional reset. Remember these are just simply ways to bring back a well-rounded approach to food and yes, even exercise. If you are not accustomed to doing these things then by all means don’t try doing everything at once! Just pick a couple to try and see how much better you feel. These are our top go-to ways to reset our nutrition.
1. Oil Pull with Coconut Oil
There is a lot of really great information on the internet about oil pulling and it’s benefits. The short of it is that oil pulling draws out the harmful bacteria in you mouth and the waste left behind by this bacteria. A clean mouth means healthy teeth (with greatly reduced plaque) and better health for your entire body. You can read a great article on the benefits of oil pulling with coconut oil here on Dr. Mercola’s website.
2. Fermented Cod Liver Oil
There was a reason Grandma wanted you take a teaspoon of cod liver oil everyday. There is hardly a disease in the books that doesn’t respond well to treatments including the use of cod liver oil. Diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, depression, and mood disorders just to name a few. CLO is a power house full of vitamins A, D, and K and is also rich in DHA, EPA and Omega 3’s. The Weston A. Price Foundation has the most complete information on this superfood. If you are interested in reading more you can go here. We buy our fermented CLO from Green Pastures. (We are not affiliates and do not receive any money in return for this recommendation.)
3. Fermented Foods (Yogurt, Kefir, Sauerkraut, Kombucha…)
We just can’t say enough good things about fermented foods. Traditional diets have always included them. These are the foods containing probiotics -the beneficial bacteria our digestive tracts need to ward off all the bad bacteria. This means we are strengthening our immune systems! As we age our bodies are unable to make all the enzymes we need for proper digestion. Raw fermented foods are full of the enzymes we need. I have gotten many ideas for adding fermented foods to our diet from Nourished Kitchen and Food Renegade. Also, Daja wrote a great article on the benefits of kombucha and kefir here.
4. Bone Broth
Bone broth is probably the most cost effective “health food” you can consume. You get a huge bang for your buck!! It doesn’t even require special equipment and you don’t have to babysit it. Simply put bones in a crock pot, fill with water, turn it on, and walk away. Of course I would highly recommend using only organic or pastured bones for this as you cook out all the minerals including calcium and phosphorus and the collagen. Our bodies are in desperate need of minerals and bone broths are the easy answer! To get you started there are some great articles and recipe for perpetual bone broth over at Nourished Kitchen.
5. Seeds (Chia, Flax, Hemp…)
Out of all the seeds we love chia best! Yes, they are the chia seeds of “ch-ch-ch-chia” pets you probably remember from commercials. These little gems are super high in Omega 3’s and antioxidants which means they won’t go rancid as quickly making them great for long-term storage. Not that they stay around long here! They are very high in fiber, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, niacin, and zinc. When you leave them in water they form a gel. Researchers believe the same thing happens in our stomach slowing down the process by which our digestive enzymes break down carbohydrates and sugars. We put them in everything from oatmeal to smoothies and sometimes make them into a yummy dessert pudding!
Dark leafy greens are another great and cost effective way to ramp up our nutrition. They are packed with vitamins and minerals and even provide phytonutrients that help repair the cell damage caused by aging. Additionally it’s thought many of the greens actually help remove toxins from the body. We saute them, we blend them in smoothies, and add them to soups and beans! They’re really easy to grow in the home garden as well!
Around here we like to say fruit is the original “fast food.” But did you know the pectin found in fruit actually helps to gently detox your body? Fruit pectins actually help your body release the heavy metals and chemicals in your blood stream. We keep big bowls of fruit sitting out where little hands can always reach a healthy and nutritious snack.
These are just a few of the ways we bring balance back into our food. I think the thing I like best about intentionally incorporating these foods into our diet is that it makes me feel good. I feel nourished. I feel good about feeding them to my family. I know it helps keep us healthy and strong and ready for whatever life throws at us!