We want our bodies to thrive, right? So we need to be easy on our digestive systems. 80-90% of our daily energy can be expelled on digestion. That’s a lot of energy devoted to the break down of food. We want to eat things that are easily digestible for max absorption, have a good bioavailability, and our diet is a ratio of 80/20 alkaline to acidic foods. If a nutrient is not bioavailable it will pass through the body’s system without contributing any positive benefits. It will burn the body’s energy, but the body will not be absorbing any replacement nutrients in return. Here are three steps to assit you in eating more fuel efficient for your body.
- Eliminate anything that isn’t a whole food. If you can’t pick it or grow it, don’t eat it.
- Try not to buy processed boxed or frozen dinners and skip the fast food.
- Avoid common allergens like gluten, dairy, soy and corn, as well as unnecessary items like refined sugar and alcohol.
- You will find some “convenience” foods in my house. We all have life events that come up and ruin dinner plans here and there. I like to tuck them behind my whole foods. Out of sight, out of mind!
- Eat regular healthy meals and snacks through out your day. Do not starve your self. Skipping meals is like draining the gas tank on your car before going on a road trip. It makes no sense! No to mention, 75-80% of your next meal might be stored as fat. If your body thinks it is starving, it will go into an energy reserve mode.
- Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner with snacks in between.
- Plan ahead, pack your lunch and snacks, put dinner in a crock pot before you head out of the house for the day.
- Not big on breakfast? This is where a “convenience” food might come in handy. I’m not talking about hitting a drive-thru. I’m talking about a “clean”, non-GMO, dairy free, 20 grams of vegan protein shake. It takes seconds, taste great, and there is very little energy expelled for absorption.
- Perhaps the biggest step of all, eat in proper portions.
- Fill 1/2 of your plate with locally grown, seasonal veggies. I recommend going for greens and then adding some color. Cooked, raw or a combination of both to suit your taste.
- 1/4 of your plate should be filled with lean proteins. Meat should be grass-fed, antibiotic and hormone free, if you eat it. If not, legumes and lentils make a good substitution.
- Complex carbs like brown rice, sweet potatoes, carrots, and quinoa, should fill up 1/8 of your plate.
- Last, but certainly not least 1/8 of your plate should be healthy fats! Nuts, seeds, their oils, avocado, and flax are great examples of healthy fats. Don’t fear fat! Our bodies need fat to function. What do you think your brain is made of?