Although it may seem like an incredibly obvious point to make – that consuming wholefoods is the best decision for our health – I am going to elaborate on the obvious, because sometimes a little more light shed can go a long way.
Feeds Your Brain.
Did you know that most of the food we consume feeds our brain? Not our muscles, not our tissues, but our brain. What do you feed your brain? This is a provocative question, but a helpful one all the same. What we eat changes how we think and how we feel. Consider that research shows women who frequently consume processed and refined foods are more at risk of experiencing depression by 60%. Contrast this with a diet rich in minerals and vitamins (from plants, legumes, healthy fats, and some meat) that balances your moods and increases concentration.
Fights Sickness & Disease.
We are more prone to becoming sick with colds, chest infections, and the like when our diet doesn’t consist of enough wholefood. Why is this? In those wonderful colourful vegetables you see in the first row of the supermarket are molecules called anti-oxidants. These are also known as flavonols and their pathogenic qualities serve to fight free-radicle damage. Left to their own devices, free-radicles increase our likelihood of becoming sick, tired, and vulnerable to disease, as well as aging faster than necessary. Furthermore, these flavonols help to decrease negative inflammation in the body, which means that bloating or gut inflammation could be reduced by increasing our colourful and green leafy vegetable intake.
Kale, spinach, avocados, quinoa, carrots, raddish, sunflower seeds, and many more wholefoods help to move food through the bowel. This is because once their nutrients have been absorbed, the leftovers stay in the digestive tract as fibre. This fibre bulks out our stool and absorbs any necessary water to aid proper bowel evacuation. I have had clients who have been constipated for years, and when we increase their wholefood intake they no longer have any bowel issues. It is crucial to have regular, easy, bowel movements to eradicate toxins from the colon, which can otherwise lead to various illnesses.
Inside every wholefood is an essential vitamin or mineral just waiting to come out and increase your energy levels. These nutrients help your body to effectively metabolise your food so you can get all the goodness out of it. Take mushrooms for example, which are a natural source of vitamin B3, and therefore an important enzyme in the production of energy. Also, seafood is comprised of vitamin B12, another important nutrient that ensures the growth and development of new cells.
Eating wholefoods helps to support your liver to function at its best. A happy liver is crucial for balanced hormones. This is because all our hormones bypass the liver. When our hormones are old, they move through the liver, are converted into a harmless substance, and are then excreted from the body. However, a diet heavy in processed and refined foods (sugars, fizzy drinks, loads of carbohydrates, packaged food, excess caffeine, alcohol) congests the liver, which causes hormones to be recycled back into the body. This leads to an excess of oestrogen (a.k.a. oestrogen dominance), and hormonal turmoil.
Wholefood is vital for weight loss. Making plants the base of your diet, then adding some meat, nuts, seeds, eggs, coconut oil, organic butter, loads of water, and some whole grains and legumes is the making of a lean body. As mentioned above, a diet with minimal wholefood clogs the liver, which essentially inhibits weight loss as the body works hard at eradicating toxins instead of excess fat.
Wholefood prevents disease, increases concentration, aids weight loss, balances hormones, eases digestion, enhances energy and vitality, reduces headaches, and balances your moods and emotions.
Protein: meat, fish, or eggs
Quality natural fat, i.e. avocado, nuts, seeds, organic olive oil, butter
Feed, Nourish, Value Yourself.