Nutrition is not one size fits all
The lifestyle practices and nutritional choices of each person are different and will suit their specific needs - this is called bio-individuality. Combining this with the knowledge that local, seasonal foods are the top choice to incorporate in your diet, you might be surprised what your body will respond positively to! Some of your favorite traditional dishes might include ingredients that are encouraged to be eaten in moderation – such as heavy cream, red meat, or butter – but that doesn’t mean those dishes should be avoided completely, rather as a small supplementation to a generally balanced diet and lifestyle. Remember to always take into consideration your specific case - especially if you suffer from chronic autoimmune conditions or have a serious acute health concern. With that in mind, here are some fun ""home-cooking"" ingredients to consider adding to your meals:
1. Chickpeas. As a legume that has been eaten for over 7,500 years, chickpeas are a staple in hearty stews and dips.
2. Bell peppers. Adding them is a delicious way to add vibrant color and a good dose of potassium and vitamins A and C to any meal.
3. Jicama. This root vegetable is native to Central America and is super crunchy, can be eaten raw, and has a sweet flavor. Jicama also packs a good amount of fiber, helping to improve digestion and lower cholesterol.
4. Miso and organic non GMO tofu. Both are packed with nutrition, with tofu containing eight essential amino acids and miso providing the gut with healthy bacteria, a variety of B vitamins, and zinc.
5. Sweet potato. They are a highly nutritious source of fiber and antioxidants, promoting digestion and gut health.
6. Rice. There are about 40,000 varieties of rice, and this grain iss anti-inflammatory, gluten-free, and a good source of B vitamins.
Stay mindful of what you are choosing to put into your body. The source as well as the preparation of the foods on your plate can have a powerful impact on your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. If you find you're craving comfort foods or aren't sure where to begin on your health journey, our office is the perfect place for you to start!