Have migraines, fatigue, aches and pains? Many people starting to focus on healthy nutrition to resolve health issues and they have lots of questions. With so many trendy diets and lots of conflicting advice out there, it can be overwhelming to begin a lifestyle change. There is not a one-size-fits-all solution. But there are proven strategies to achieve basic healthy nutrition.
Question One – “I’ve never focused on nutrition much before. Where do I start?”
At Foresight Chiropractic, we believe the first step is to identify and focus on sufficiency. We don’t recommend a major over haul on day one. That’s because, when you add into your diet, foods and supplements to support your body, you will begin to function better and will naturally begin to let go of foods not supporting your body.
For most people, it may mean adding a natural whole food vitamin and mineral, omega 3's, probiotics, Vitamin D, and digestive enzymes….what we call the Fab 5 needed in today's environment. Next we will talk about eating quality protein, drinking plenty of clean filtered water, eating fresh unprocessed fruits and vegetables and minimizing processed foods and sugar. The focus initially is adding in good quality foods and essential nutrients. These steps alone will get your body working better in short time.
Once nutritional deficiencies are addressed, you can start to focus on things like food quality (i.e. eat whole, minimally processed foods) and food amount (i.e. portions, calories).
Question Two -- “What’s the best diet to follow?”
All dietary protocols have their pros and cons. We believe in helping patients find the approach that works best for them. The best diet is the one that both matches the person’s unique physiology and is something they enjoy enough to follow consistently.
You can become lean, strong and healthy on a plant-based or a balanced meat, vegetables, healthy fats and whole fruits-based diet. You can definitely improve your health with organic, free-range foods or even with more conventional foods. You can lose weight on a low food budget or an unlimited one.
Question 3 -- “Should I avoid carbs?”
Most people have heard that they need to drastically cut back on carbs (carbohydrates) in order to lose weight. However, the needs of each person will differ based on activity level, goals, genetics, and preferences. Carbs are not inherently fattening, especially from whole food sources. And getting adequate carbs can help most people exercise harder, have more energy, and optimize their lifestyle change progress. Avoiding highly processed carbohydrates is important.
Most people do best eating a moderate amount (two to three handfuls per day) of quality carbs—whole grains, fruit, vegetables, sweet potatoes, and limited amounts of beans and legumes.
When embarking on a new lifestyle, regular chiropractic adjustments helps to optimize the body’s ability to reduce stress and adapt to the environment. Reducing stress makes it easier to adopt a healthier lifestyle and to lose weight.
To learn more and find out the right essential nutrients and diet best for you, call 480-325-6977, the Valley’s premier Wellness Center, Foresight Chiropractic. The Doctors are Board Certified Atlas Orthogonal, upper cervical specialists, serving the Valley for over 20 years with very precise and gentle chiropractic care. If you are ready to upgrade your lifestyle and your happiness, the Doctors and Staff at Foresight are ready to partner with you and guide you in achieving your goals. Call today!