By Yuri Elkaim
To truly eat a healthy balanced diet, there are several key components that should be included.
These include a diet that is rich in natural fresh foods, seasonal foods, nutritious foods, clean foods, and variety and rotation.
Let's explore each one in more detail.
Natural Fresh Foods
The closer your food choices are to their origins, the better. Foods from the gardens and orchards of local farmers have more energy, vitality, and nutrients.
It is important to eat closer to the earth considering the absolute nonsense that the food industry has provided on the shelves of our grocery stores. Packaged and processed foods have no place in our bodies.
We have seen how our health has taken a turn for the worse over the past 50 years because these garbage foods.
This is a little tougher to adopt for many people but if you can eat seasonally according to where you live, your body will thank you.
Some people even claim that our bodies digestive tracts are best suited to eat and digest the foods from where we were born.
Eating seasonally also means that you protect the environment by encouraging the consumption of local foods, instead of foods which travelled 1000s of miles across the world.
In general, at least for most northern hemisphere countries, spring is the time of flourishing and rejuvenation with the arrival of fresh and fruits and vegetables as the weather warms.
In the colder months of the fall and winter, root vegetables take a more pronounced role as our bodies look for richer and more warming foods to keep our energy up and bodies warm.
Eating a nutritious diet primarily means that you are acquiring all the vitamins, minerals, macronutrients, and phytonutrients that your body needs to thrive.
Again, the fresher the foods are the, the more nutrient-dense they will be. Storing, processing, packaging, and altering foods will inevitably reduce their nutrient quality.
This is a big one. Eating clean foods refers to eating foods that are chemical-free, not genetically engineered, and free of refining.
Thus, clean foods are whole foods that are mainly organic.
Foods that are laden with pesticides and other chemicals can leave a marked impact on your health. Maybe not at first, but with years of toxic accumulation in the body, these chemicals, which reside in the fat and nervous tissue, can lead to all sorts of degenerative conditions.
Variety and Rotation
In order to ensure that you receive a wide spectrum of nutrients it is important to eat a wide variety of foods. Eating the same foods day in and day out will give you some nutrition (assuming they're good to begin with) but they won't expose you to thousands of other helpful phytonutrients that our plant-based foods have to offer.
Furthermore, getting variety and rotation in your diet reduces the potential to become allergic or sensitive to a particular food, which comes about from repeatedly stimulating your body's immune system with same nutritional biochemistry.
If we eat the same consistently, our bodies can build up antibodies against the protein molecules in the given food. This can occur even with the healthiest foods.
Thus, it is helpful to rotate your diet so that you try to avoid eating the same foods on consecutive days. Some even endorse a 4-day rotation diet.
Yuri Elkaim is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and author of the raw food diet book Eating for Energy. Find out how his work has helped more than 22,000 people lose weight and live their healthiest life ever - visit http://www.healthybiz2000.com/GoTo/mp3trainer.htm