3 Easy Ways to Improve Your Diet

Oct 10, 2014 by Leanne Gerich | Diet

In this day and age, nutrition can be confusing. How can we improve our diet? How can you eat to reach optimal health? There are many theories out there, but let’s not make how we eat stressful. Follow these guideline to achieve a sustainable, balanced, healthy lifestyle each day.

Eat whole foods

Opt for foods sans packaging. “If you can’t read it, don’t eat it”is a great rule of thumb. Try to make 80% of your diet whole foods: fruits, vegetables, soups and stews, whole grains, and proteins. If you focus on eating real foods, you won’t have to worry about avoiding certain types of foods (ie. dairy, gluten). Food quality is the most important aspect of the diet. A quality milk product will do you better than a commercialized soy beverage.

Eat Local

In my opinion, this is the best way to expect you are eating quality. Local farmer’s markets can be more expensive, but we vote with our dollar. Treat your body with the care it deserves. Spending an extra couple of dollars on local foods. Quality foods can save you in medical costs in the future.

Variety

We all enjoy certain foods. Variety - especially with the seasons is important to maintain optimal health. Our own cycles flow with the earth. Eating cooler foods in the summer and warming foods in the winter is a great way to follow the seasons.

Here is a healthy meal plan idea that can be interchanged each day:

Day 1 Day 2
Breakfast - egg white quiche Breakfast - green smoothie: handful of spinach with a banana, blueberries, almond milk, chia seeds and a little fresh juice for more flavour. Or try this blood sugar balancing green smoothie
Snack - apple slices with almond butter Snack - hard boiled eggs and homemade kale chips
Lunch - chicken stir fry with quinoa and lots of vegetables Lunch - hummus wrap with avocado, tomatoes, extra protein to which you desire
Snack - banana and mixed (raw) nuts Snack - lentil soup
Dinner – hormone and antibiotic free meat with steamed broccoli and quality pasta side (homemade or quality sources sauce) Dinner - homemade chicken fried rice: egg, rice, lots of vegetables, garlic, green onion
Snack - popcorn (air popped, coconut oil, nutritional yeast) Snack - quality crackers/ vegetable sticks with dip
Herbal tea Herbal tea

Author: Leanne Gerich

Leanne is passionate about health and more importantly, balance. She creates realistic solutions for optimal living. She truly believes in the power of food, yet the importance of moderation and variety. Leanne educates her clients on the importance of nourishing whole foods, to balance stress issues, skin problems, weight-loss, digestive issues, and sleep problems, to name a few. Her highest interests of these include skin issues and blood sugar/energy balance problems. Ultimately, she believes that with proper care, the organs can strengthen and heal, naturally. She values the different views in nutritional science, and believes each individual has a different path to reach optimal health.