The Golden Rules of Nutrition

Mar 29, 2021

Golden Rules of Nutrition: 

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." We know that he is right in a broader sense, and also, down to the detail. Modern illnesses stem from poor choices of food and a lack of adequate movement or exercise.
It’s not hard really to start on the correct path of a healthy diet. Don’t get scared when we use the word “diet”. Diet actually refers to the various foods that a person, animal, or a community habitually eats. It doesn’t mean that we must restrict ourselves from the calories and the nutrition that we need. Since the dawn of man, we have been eating foods that were grown local to the region that we lived in and found that it was enough to nourish our body so that we could complete our daily activities. With the rise of manmade foods (aka. junk food) and the countless McDonalds of the world, our waistlines have started to grow as we’ve progressively normalized being “FAT” and unhealthy within the world’s population.
To move back towards what we humans have naturally and habitually eaten for centuries we just need to follow a few of the golden rules for nutrition:

Rule#1:  Only eat things that come from the earth.

Here is the most import rule that you must abide by in order to be healthy. This golden rule is to eat what comes from the earth and less or none of what is man-made. Plants and vegetables are good for you. Organic and non-GMO plants and vegetable are even better! For those who eat meat, choose meats that come from reputable farms and have been organically fed. If you keep this rule 80% of the time, then you are fueling for your body with the best fuel possible.

Rule #2:  Read your label

The problem our society has is that we don’t know what exactly REAL food is. We buy food in boxes and salad dressings in a bottle and think that those are the healthy foods we should eat. This couldn’t be further from the truth!
If you think you are saving time and eating healthy by buying a salad dressing that is pre-made you are wrong. Read the nutritional facts and ingredients that are on the bottle. Most salad dressings contain SUGAR. Yes, sugar! Sugar not only contributes to weight gain, but it also causes you to have more wrinkles. You want to preserve your nice healthy skin as long as possible so avoiding un-necessary sugar can be accomplished by reading the labels of the foods you purchase.

Rule #3: Eat more vegetables

Vegetables gives you fiber which help keeps you regular. Make sure to choose a variety of different colors because they each have different vitamins and phytonutrients that support the body.

Rule #4: Eat enough fermented food

Fermented food is rich with probiotics. When you eat fermented food you not only make it easier for your body to digest the food, but it also increases the bioavailability of the bacteria. It increases the vitamin K too, which is very important for the absorption of your vitamin D. Among other important roles, Vitamin D contributes to healthy bones and boost your immune system.

Rule #5: Pack your food if your destination has no healthy food options

This is not hard. When you’re cooking dinner why not make extra for the next day that you can take to work? I even pack my food when I’m out shopping or doing things that require me to be out of my house past my mealtime. Yep, you will see me sitting on the bench at the mall eating food out of the container that I packed and there’s no shame because I know what I’m eating is healthier, and I’ve also saved money.

Rule #6:  There is no perfect diet for everybody

As a nutrition coach, I was taught that we are all bio-individuals. Therefore, there is no one diet that would fit all. Some people may do very well on a plant based, fruitarian diet, paleo, keto, south beach, or etc. Ultimately, as long as you follow the above 5 rules and listen to your body, your body will let you know what food it doesn’t like. For example, you may have stomach cramps, diarrhea, bloating, or acne if you are consuming the things you shouldn’t, such as milk if you are lactose intolerant. Some people are not allergic but have sensitivities to certain fruits, vegetables, or grains, and these sensitivities can change over time. They may also disappear and reappear. If you just listen to your body and follow those 5 rules you be on your way to a healthier and happier you in no time!