Most of the time we think of healthy eating as restrictive diets, cutting out enjoyable foods and living on lettuce leaves – its not particularly inspirational, so how do we make better food choices and still enjoy each meal?
At the Lanka Salad Company we believe healthy eating is about adding more of the right things INTO your diet rather than just focusing on cutting the wrong things out. This isn’t to say that a salad will offset a bar of chocolate, but health is much more than the size of your waistband – its all about what is happening within your cells, blood, organs and digestive system – the stuff we can’t see. To get to good health, we need to be supporting the body with more nutrients, micronutrients, minerals, and vitamins. That means, we need to be putting more of the good stuff in.
Quick, fast food may be quick to satisfy your hunger, and high sugar treats are tasty and provide a moment of pleasure, but all of these things have a long-lasting and detrimental effect on our bodies. Fast food, sugar and fatty meals sit in your body and slow your digestive system down, create a build-up of plaque in your blood vessels (increasing blood pressure), lay fat around your organs and generally slow the body down. It is these things that contribute to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some cancers. Oftentimes, these foods don’t provide nutrition – the body cannot recognise ingredients that are contained within processed foods, so it takes a long time to understand what to do with them. They are eventually expelled as they provide no use to the body – but the body has had to work really hard, making you feel sluggish and tired.
Fresh, whole foods that are grown with minimal intervention (eg sprays), and which are local, provide a range of readily available micronutrients, vitamins and minerals that the body instantly recognises and knows exactly what to do with. It is these foods that support all the systems of the body, help keep cells healthy, fight inflammation, maintain healthy blood, organs and a digestive system that is not overburdened and sluggish.
Adding more whole foods into your diet means you will be providing the body with some nutritional support – and an amazing thing happens when you start eating foods that support you; your sugar cravings go down, you have more energy and you begin to want more of the good stuff.
We believe achieving better health can be done with 3 easy steps –
- Drink at least 2 litres of water a day- if you are hungry, drink a glass of water and see if you are still hungry 20 mins later. Water also reduces cravings for sugar and fatty foods. Dehydration negatively affects every system in your body – keep the water going in!
- Add in more whole foods to your daily eating – add a salad to your sandwich/evening meal, eat a piece of fruit, make burgers at home…
- Move your body for 30 mins every day.
Healthy eating doesn’t need to be boring or restrictive – start by adding more leafy greens and whole foods to your daily meals, and see how your body starts to feel.