Fitness & Wellness

Is Eating Holistic Right For You

By October 26, 2017 May 14th, 2019 No Comments

Have you heard about eating holistic and wondered whether you should try it? Most of the time, people think eating holistic is something bizarre with strange sounding foods and exotic meals. It's quite the opposite, in fact. It's all about choosing foods that are least processed, which are also organic and locally grown, when possible. Holistic eating eliminates highly processed foods from the diet and focuses on foods that are not just closer to their natural state, but also extremely healthy.

Eating a holistic diet can help lose weight.

If you matched the rise in processed foods and obesity, you'd see a direct correlation. One of the huge benefits of this type of eating is that it's a great way to shed pounds quickly. Today many processed foods contain high fructose corn syrup, which by the way may even be labeled "no high fructose corn syrup," but when you read the ingredients, says it contains fructose. That seems innocuous enough until you learn that the fructose may be a form of high fructose corn syrup---HFCS---called HFCS-90, meaning it's 90% fructose, but still high fructose corn syrup, which is linked with obesity and changes to the brain that causes it. A holistic diet, one where you consume foods closest to their natural state and doesn't need labeling, which can be confusing at best, deceiving at worst.

Holistic eating can help you be healthier with energy to spare.

Many food additives add to inflammation, which can cause high blood pressure, arthritis, high cholesterol and even Crohn's disease. There are links to heart problems and Alzheimer's too. Eating specific whole foods, not only eliminates these additives, they also can help reduce inflammation. It can also stabilize your sugar levels to prevent sugar lows that make you tired and sudden spikes in blood sugar levels.

You'll look better on a holistic diet.

A holistic diet maximizes the amount of nutrients available for your body. Not all the nutrients are vitamins and minerals, although those are part of them. Some are phytonutrients, such as flavonoids. These provide many different health benefits and work in synergy with the other nutrients in the food to improve your overall health and even make your complexion look years younger. Lycopene, for instance, helps protect the collagen in the skin, while caratenoids provide protection from harmful sunrays. Both are in fresh tomatoes.

- Holistic foods can help alkalize your body to its proper pH, reducing the potential for cancer and Osteoporosis, diseases that thrive when the body is acidic.

- Don't worry, not everything is eaten raw. Meat is cooked and the best type to use is fatty fish for the healthy fat it contains. Meat from grass fed, free range animals also contains fewer harmful pesticides, hormones and antibiotics, but do contain a healthier blend of fats, plus ones that are missing in grain fed animals.

- Holistic foods help eliminate toxins from the diet that can cause a number of diseases, ranging from chronic fatigue to headaches and infertility.

- Finding the best way to approach a holistic eating plan that matches your lifestyle isn't impossible. A personal trainer versed in nutrition or nutritionist can help.

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