This weekend, RPM Physiotherapy was exceptionally lucky to host Holistic Nutritionist and Registered Kinesiologist, Esther Epp, of Dwell in Well, to discuss clean eating and the need for supplements as part of our diet. Esther gave a fantastic presentation that resonated with several of our members. Here are her top tips for healthy living:
#1 – We are biochemically individual
We are all individuals with individual needs, goals and chemistry. For that reason there is no one way of eating that can be applied to everyone or even the same person at different points of their life.
#2 – Avoid GMOs
GMOs have been banned in Europe but because they have not been in North America, it is important eat organically and avoid processed foods.
#3 – Heal your gut
Make sure your diet includes important gut flora that supports healthy bacteria and avoid foods that increase bad bacteria (think sugar).
#4 – Manage your stress
10 deep breaths can go a long way in managing your body’s chemical response to stress.
#5 – Buy local
Support local farmers, butchers and fish mongers. Their food likely contains less pesticides, preservatives and inflammatory agents.
#6 – Be a smart label reader
If you don’t recognize an ingredient on a label, chances are that your body won’t either. Learn to identify chemical food additives and stay away from them.
#7 – Change your oils
Learn which oils are best for hot and cold applications. Buy small bottles, store them in cool dark spaces and rotate your oils frequently.
#8 – Sleep Deeply
Sleep is restorative and resets many of your body’s operating systems. Lack of sleep is often associated with weight gain and an inability to heal.
#9 – Go Green and Get Alkaline
Individuals who are resistant to fat loss are often acidic on the pH scale. Choose alkaline foods and see the change. Start small by adding a slice of lemon to every glass of water.
#10 – Participate in Balanced Exercise
A balanced exercise routine should include strength training, cardiovascular training and flexibility training. Make sure components of each play a role in your physical activities.
#11 – Pick Foods That are Nutrient Dense
Pick foods that give you the most bang for your buck by including the most quality nutrients per serving size. Top super foods include spirulina, kale, hemp seeds, chocolate (YES I said chocolate!!!!), broccoli, spinach, chia seeds and berries.
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