1 lb salad lunch day is a good one for a long lesson on the importance of ingredients and how they break down in the body : Vegetables are great, but alone, they can't make up your entire #mealas they are very low in calories. You can only supplement so much with vitamins..
✔You are #alivebecause of calories. Without calories, your #bodywill break down its own muscle to survive which- apart from being super sad- will slow down your metabolism and send your hormones all out of whack! Eating less to lose weight is a myth- to an extent. It's all about how #nutrientdense those calories are!
Greens, vegetables, & #fruitsof all #colorsfor disease-fighting antioxidant vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients (enzymes and nutrients that come from fresh foods of the earth). Avoid high starch vegetables that break down as starch or sugars like peas and corn.. Choose #vibrantnutrient-rich vegetables tomatoes, bell pepper, dark leafy greens, carrots, cucumber, avocado, radish;
Fats: bathes brain and cells, regulates body temperature, and promote healthy skin & hair (olive oil, nuts, seeds, egg, and/or #avocado );
#proteinfor #muscles #energyand amino acids- the #buildingblocks of #newcells, keeping them healthy (fish, meat, egg, #organic #tofu, tempeh, beans, nuts, and #gfgrains for fiber);
#sproutedlegumes/pulses (lentils, etc)
Acid for tastes, to stimulate the secretion of stomach acid, and to help create an uninhabitable environment for bad bacteria (apple cider vinegar with the mother, citrus). Spice it up! Add flavor from fresh herbs, chilies, spices, nut oils, vinegars..
If you have poor digestion:
Half or more of your veggies cooked for easier digestion: baked sweet potato, roasted squash, mushrooms, grilled zucchini, roasted peppers;
Add bitter foods like radicchio and fresh herbs to stimulate bile to break down fats (try butters in soda with lime or lemon before a meal)
Take time to make your food. If you don't prepare your meals, take your time eating. Slow down. Be #kindto your gut! Your stomach acid and digestive enzymes start secreting just by working with food.. that's why I'm #hungryall the time