Tips for Success

1.  Eat a rainbow symphony of foods in a variety of colors and textures.

 

2.  Strive to eat a big salad every day with dark leafy greens and a variety of raw vegetables.

 

3.  Eat 3 to 5 servings of fruit daily.

 

4.  Consuming foods high in plant protein (i.e. grains) are not necessary on a daily basis to fulfill your body’s protein needs, however they do help with satiety (feeling full.)

 

5.  Eat foods high in Vitamin C at the same time as your iron-rich foods.  Vitamin C aids the absorption of iron. 

 

6.  Vitamin C also improves the body’s absorption of vitamin D so you should take your vitamin D supplement at the same time as consuming vitamin C foods.

 

7.  Minimize foods made with refined carbohydrates (bread, baked goods, crackers, snack items.)  These foods are calorically dense and lead to weight gain, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

 

8.  Stay away from packaged foods.  Most contain trans fats, hydrogenated fats, and partially hydrogenated fats and oils.  These raise triglyercides and blood cholesterol levels.  Packaged foods also have added salt and sugar and contain GMOs.

 

9.  Packaged and processed foods hinder the wonderful nutritional gains your body receives from whole foods.  If it’s not the “whole food” then don’t eat it if you didn’t process it yourself.  i.e. making your own applesauce or almond butter.

 

10.  Make sure you see your doctor regularly and get your blood checked for nutrient deficiencies.