Wednesday, December 12, 2012

get well wednesday: food choices



For Get Well Wednesday this week, I thought I would talk about food choices because it is such a first step to really feeling amazing! Remember the food pyrmid we had growing up that recommended 6-11 servings of Bread, Cereal, Rice and pasta? Although that sounds pretty yummy, that food pyrmid that the US Department of Agriculture developed in 1992 was updated in 2005 and replaced in 2011 with Choose My Plate. Choose my plate is in the right direction of showing better portion control and promoting knowledge of better eating choices, but there are some problems with it in the fact that it doesn't really give details for people who need more direction. The Harvard School of Public Health however created a much more detailed "Healthy Eating Plate" and below I will talk about some other ways you can add to this for OPTIMAL health!


"The OPTIMAL HEALTH Plate By Me"



Below is some more info for each category:

Healthy Oils: More about Grape Seed Oil and Coconut Oil. It talks about how it is not recommended to have large quantities of oils so only a small amount is nessecary.

Water: More about Alkaline Water here. I have a post about Matcha Tea here.

Vegetables: Have you heard the word cruciferous before? Check out the link about these SUPER- VEGGIES and what they can do for you. Juicing is an amazing way to get all of your veggies quickly- check out my juicing post here.

Whole Grains: Here is more abot Ezekiel bread and why I eat this over other breads. They also have wraps and other products that are packed with fiber and little to no sugar.

Fruits: A List of Super Fruits can be found in this article 23 Superfruits You Need Now. These fruits are packed with fiber, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients that can prevent aging, disease and improve skin, hair, and nails. I recommend a smoothie in the morning with suplements.

Healthy Protiens: Protiens can be found in foods you would never think had them! Check out these articles for other ways to get your protien. Ten Vegan Sources of Protein and My Top 7 Sources of Plant Based Protein. The guy that wrote the second article is in the picture below...I had to share :)



As I mentioned in my diagram I am only suggesting advice to the best of my knowledge, from credible resources, and some opinion according to what has worked for me. To check out my Pescatarian diet and reasons why I am a pescatarian you can check out that post here. Overall I want to help everyone who reads this add a few things or take out a few things that will make a difference in getting closer to achieving optimal health so that everyone has a chance for a high quality of life! No judgement or ego is involved- obviously we are all human and although sweets is not on my optimal health plate you all know I love sweets. As you may have seen I made an amazing Avocodo Pie and April had some yummy holiday baking reciepes yesterday so as long as you don't go overboard it's okay from time to time. I am working on eating less fish (making sure it is wild and without mercury as well), cutting out refined sugars all togther, and having organic sulfate free wine if I am having alcohol, but it is a process and as long as you are extremly concious 80-90% of the time you will be healthy and happy and see the benefits of feeding yourself optimal choices!

Hope this inspires you to make healthier choices and let me know any questions you have in the comments!

xo, Brittan

5 comments:

  1. I love this Britt, great advice and information! Plus, I like that you added the bit about no judgement - most of the time I do feel so intensely judged by others doling out health advice, but it's important to remember we are all just human and it's the honest effort to eat healthy that counts. :)

    Strive to Thrive,
    Nic
    www.Thriving-Wives.com

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