March is National Nutrition Month,so this is a good time for a reminder about basic nutrition. Most people don't make the connection between the food they eat and the quality of their health. The truth is, the food we eat directly effects our energy levels, how we feel, how we look, our immune system, and if we develop a disease.
The accumulation of toxins compromises our immune system and wears the body down leaving us vulnerable to all sorts of maladies. You are either moving toward improving health or sliding toward sickness day by day.
We have all heard the adage 'you are what you eat,' but have you ever stopped to think exactly how true that is? Put simply; healthy eating is the key to wellbeing. Even if fibromyalgia symptoms seemed to come on overnight (perhaps after an accident, chemical exposure, emotional or physical trauma), it probably developed gradually over a period of years.
5 Ways To Get Your Plate In Shape
Fruit and vegetables. Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange varieties, which contain some of the healthiest building blocks for a healthy body. Focus on staples like carrots, fresh greens, and squash to build a rainbow of colors at every meal. Add fresh or frozen fruits to meals and snacks. Fruits are packed with all kinds of nutrients. Eat berries for antioxidants, oranges for an immunity boost, apples for delicious fiber, etc. Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables.
Whole grains. Eating whole grains is one of the healthiest things you can do, but it makes a difference what kind of grains you choose. Choose 100 percent whole-grain bread, cereals, crackers, and pasta. Check the labels on food packages to find whole-grain foods. Your body can process 100% whole grains into fuel, whereas processed grains turn into sugar.
Caution: Many people with fibromyalgia are gluten sensitive, which is an allergy, or have celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disease. Wheat, barley, and rye and all products made with them contain gluten. Oats do not contain gluten naturally but can be contaminated during processing. Look for oats that are marked gluten free on the label.
Protein comes in many varieties. You can enjoy an array of protein each week, such as seafood, nuts, and beans, as well as lean meat, poultry, fish and eggs. Keep meat and poultry portions small and lean. Choose seafood at least twice a week to make sure you get enough omega-3s. And make sure you're buying all natural and organic meats to avoid growth hormones and antibiotics.
Reduce sodium and sugar. An excellent way to do this is to avoid processed foods. If you do buy packaged foods, compare sodium and sugar and choose those with the lowest numbers. Season your foods with herbs and spices instead of salt. Replace sugary drinks with water and eat fruit for dessert instead of baked goods.
Enjoy your foods but eat less. Avoid oversized portions. Use a smaller plate, bowl, and glass. Cook more often at home where you are in control of what's in your food. When eating out, choose lower calorie options. Many restaurants have their menu online with calories, sodium, and other nutritional information. You may be surprised at what you find.
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To your health!
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Every time you eat or drink,
You are either feeding disease or fighting it.
~ Heather Morgan
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