Eating Well

Eating well, what does that mean? Does it mean having enough money to buy whatever you want to eat, like steak and lobster? Or does it mean something more? Humans are omnivores, meaning we eat both plants and animals. Way back when, we were hunter gatherers. We ate a great variety of plants, which have different chemical makeups, phytochemicals (plant chemicals). Plants are full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre, enzymes (if raw), and a variety of phytochemicals. Our bodies use these components to fuel, build, and repair our bodies, basically to keep us healthy. When we don't get all the nutrients we need or too much of specific components, like sugar, highly processed foods, even meat and dairy we can become more susceptible to getting diseases. So, eating well means eating a balanced diet of a variety of fruits and vegetables of different colours, whole grains, and protein foods (legumes, nuts, seeds, eggs, and meat). Eating whole foods not processed foods. One half of the foods we eat should be fruits and vegetables, one quarter whole grains, one quarter protein foods according to the Canada's Food Guide. Add spices and herbs because they are so much more than just flavourings. They are full of good for you phytochemicals. Also, drink lots of water because approximately 60% of our bodies are made up of water, and we need water to function well.

"Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food"

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"All diseases begin in the gut"