There has been an increased interest in “real food” over the past decade, we have seen more and more farmer’s markets, the start up of community supported agriculture (CSA), and an increase interest in how our food is grown. However, we are bombarded daily with tons misinformation in the media, leaving many people overwhelmed. At Zest nutrition we want to help clarify misleading messages and help people realize healthy eating does not have to be complicated. Healthy food simply tastes delicious all you need is a little time and the right ingredients.
1). Limit processed foods:
Unprocessed foods are more nutrient dense. If you don’t know what an ingredient is put it back on the shelf. Get to know your food , where it comes from and how it is grown. Processed foods are full of unhealthy additives, salt, sugar, fat, and unwanted chemicals. If you don’t recognize a food ingredient place it back on the shelf.
2). Eat plant based and nutrient dense foods daily
Choose fresh and seasonal vegetables whenever possible. Eat greens daily and fill your plate with an array rainbow of fruit and vegetables daily. Instead of consuming meat daily try legumes, lentils, avocado, nuts and seeds. Living in the lower mainland we have an abundance of fresh and local vegetables, fruit, meat and dairy right outside our door.
3). Choose local and sustainable foods if possible
There is a wealth of scientific research supporting a diet that emphasizes plant based foods promotes health and aids in preventing chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity and certain cancers. Recently, there have been studies that suggest the more sustainable the growing method the more nutrient dense the food is. However, many factors play a role in our food selection and one significant factor is cost. We ask that you choose local and seasonal food as often as possible because they simply taste better . We also encourage you to please consider the growing methods when purchasing your food.
4). Mindfulness. Food also plays important social, cultural, and emotional role in our lives. Enjoy the odd indulgence but be mindful. Relax and enjoy your dinner with family and or friends over a good conversation.
At Zest nutrition we realize there is no “one size fits all” for some its gluten free, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, dairy free and so on. However, this site is not meant to counsel people , instead you will find the latest information on food, trends, recipes, and locale food events within the lower mainland. If you are looking for an individualized nutrition plan for your lifestyle we suggest you contact a private practice dietitian that specializes in your area of interest.