by Charlotte Kikel, MS, NC, ACN.




Eat whole foods that exist in nature.These are the foods that our ancestors ate; the foods we evolved on. Your body knows how to digest these foods, thus providing you with energy and the building blocks for a healthy body. So before choosing what you're going to eat, think about where it came from. Example: An egg comes from a chicken and an apple comes from a tree, both exist in nature. Cheerios breakfast cereal is man-made and does not exist in nature. The bottom line: know where your food comes from!

Avoid man-made, processed, refined foods.The body does not know how to digest these foods and eating them creates confusion in your body. To name a few, these include: high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, white sugar, refined flours, partially hydrogenated vegetables oils/margarine, refined vegetable oils (canola, soy, and corn), any chemical on the list of ingredients that you cannot pronounce, fried foods, and low-fat milk products (milk comes out of the cow with cream in it; this is how it exists in nature).

Pay attention to how you eat.When you eat, eat! Eat in a relaxed state, when digestive juices are flowing. We are pleasure-seeking organisms and eating is one of the most enjoyable experiences we engage in on a daily basis. So whatever you eat, enjoy it!

Avoid eating at your desk, in the car, standing up, in a highly emotional state, or while watching television.Eating is not a time for multitasking. The root cause of most digestive disturbances is the state of the nervous system: stress = impaired digestion.

Make breakfast the biggest meal of the day, rich in good quality protein and fat and low in carbohydrates.You will have more energy, an increased sense of well being, and better blood sugar regulation.

Avoid skipping breakfast and eating a breakfast high in refined carbohydrates.Both are detrimental to your health.

Listen to your body!Paying attention to how food feels in your body will teach you what to eat. You will know you are eating the appropriate combination and types of foods because you will feel better! The only rule of thumb is to eat foods that exist in nature.

Eating well is not an intellectual experience; it is a bodily experience.Yes, you consciously choose what to eat, but no expert and no book can tell you what is good for you. All nutritional advice is an invitation to experiment with your diet and to observe how you feel after making changes.

Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water per day.Example: Weight is 140 pounds; drink 70 ounces of water per day. Most people are chronically dehydrated and often confuse thirst for hunger. Coconut water is Mother Nature's sports drink and herbal teas and green tea have many health benefits.

Avoid sodas, 'enhanced' waters, fruit juices, sports drinks, and diet beverages.Alcoholic beverages and coffee can be consumed in moderation in a healthy individual.