For a long time now, the media has been telling us about how food can heal our bodies, cure ailments, help with weight loss and even affect our moods. Many of us now suffer with lots of different illnesses and conditions, ranging from mild to severe or chronic, and we can really help ourselves by incorporating proper, nutritious foods into our everyday diet. But with so much information about superfoods, intolerances, chemicals and hormones, how are we supposed to know our kale from our elbow?!
As someone who suffers with various ailments and disorders, I have been doing a lot of research into how food can heal our bodies, and I paid a visit to our resident Nutritional Therapist, Heather Lee, a couple of weeks ago. I was really surprised by what she told me was going on in my body. I’ve always thought my diet was ‘ok’, not the best, but certainly not terrible, but it would appear I was way off the mark. You don’t have to be living on junk food every day to have a negative effect on your wellbeing. Everyone’s body is different and for some, foods that we think are healthy are actually harming us. As an example, I have found out that I am intolerant to sugar, so most fruits and even some vegetables are now banned for me. I thought I was being super healthy by snacking on mango and melon and bulking out meals with veg. (Of course, this isn’t the case for everyone; most people can happily tolerate all fruits.)
Changing your diet is incredibly difficult, and often confusing, so the best way is to do it gradually, incorporating ‘super foods’ in to every meal, whilst slowly cutting out all the foods that don’t agree with you. There is so much information on the internet, often conflicting, and of course what works for one person isn’t going to work for everyone.
My top 5 superfoods: I try to incorporate these into my diet most days now…
Blueberries – Very low in sugar, full of antioxidents and vitamin C
Nuts – Healthy snack, rich in protein and fibre
Kale – High in vitamin K, anti-inflammatory, excellent source of iron
Oily Fish – Best source of Omega 3 and fatty acids, good for the heart
Chia Seeds – Stablises blood sugar, full of fibre, source of phosphorous
Once you start adding one or two of these foods into your daily routine, you will really begin to feel the changes a nourishing diet can have on both your body and mood and it will encourage you to keep adding more. Why just live life when you can live a life of vitality? I know what I’d rather do…