Spring into Healthier Nutrition Habits

Spring into Healthier Nutrition Habits

Spring into Healthier Nutrition Habits
By Dr. Beth Barnes

With March and April being designated National Nutrition and Garden months, respectively, I find it ever-important to focus on an aspect of our lifestyle that is easily and quickly modifiable﹘ our nutrition!

The problem is, there are endless opinions, voices, and fads around nutrition, and many people are left asking “what’s the truth?!” No matter what eating regimen you follow, there are four areas related to nutrition that every eater should focus on to maximize their health and fortify their systems through the foods they are eating.

Carbohydrates: a swear word to many, but essential to most body functions, the carbs you take in must rank low on the glycemic index to minimize any spike in blood sugar. Vegetables and fruits – organic dark leafy greens, mushrooms, beans, Granny Smith apples, and berries – are great sources of carbohydrates and grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, and brown rice will be great swaps for what you’re currently eating.

Fats: eating fat does not make you fat – the type of fat you eat is what is important. Similar to carbohydrates, the fats in your diet should come from actual whole foods grown from a plant versus their processed counterparts. Organic nuts and seeds and their butter forms; coconut products; and high-quality oils such as avocado, flaxseed, and hemp can be added to any dish to maximize nutrients and add flavor.

Proteins: your meat and non-meat protein sources should be organic, sustainablyraised, free of hormones or antibiotics, and when possible, locally sourced.

“No matter what eating regimen you follow, there are four areas related to nutrition that every eater should focus on to maximize their health and fortify their systems through the foods they are eating.”

Toxins: the days of simply wiping the exterior of your fruits and vegetables before using them are long gone. Nowadays, plants and trees bearing fruits and other foods are literally grown with herbicides and pesticides. These chemicals become part of the plant and cannot be wiped away. Choosing organic over conventional
farming methods and following the Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen recommendations from the Environmental Working Group will ensure you’re making the best choices for you and your family!

Register for one of several free health workshops where you’ll be coached through the necessary changes to make this your best year ever.

Turning Point Chiropractic
14784 Manchester Rd.
Ballwin, MO 63011

Dr. Barnes may be reached at 636.220.3091 or www.MLTurningPointChiropractic.com