Good Diet? What is that, Exactly?

good dietWhen people think of nutrition they think of food.

If told to eat a good diet, they think salad, chicken, and possibly dairy and grains. Unfortunately it’s not quite so simple.

A truly good diet is less dependent on the exact foods you eat and more dependent on the nutrients IN the food.

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When we define a “good diet” it is one that provides your body with all the nutrients it needs:

  • Essential amino acids—amino acids your body cannot manufacture on its own.
  • Essential fatty acids—fatty acids like Omega 3 which your body cannot manufacture on its own.
  • All the vitamins. By definition a vitamin is something you must eat to have in your body.
  • 15 minerals and trace minerals which your body cannot make including calcium and magnesium.

Every one of these is critical to your true health.

Nutrients are the building blocks of all the processes that happen in the body.

  • Without vitamin C, you can develop scurvy, and your bones can begin to look like this:What happens if you don't have enough vitamin C in your body?
  • Lack of vitamin D can do this to your bones:What happens to your bones if you lack vitamin d?
  • Lack of Omega 3, which is most easily gotten from eating fish or ground flax seeds, can cause brain deterioration.
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Furthermore, some foods actually clog up our systems. This was discussed in our detoxification blog.

  • Trans fats found in many packaged and processed foods are difficult or maybe impossible for our liver to process.
  • Chlorine in our water kills off the good bacteria needed for digestion.
  • Electromagnetic fog surrounds us, but as we are the first generation to live in it, how do we know its effect on us?

Where Do Nutrients Come From?

Did you know your cat does not need to take vitamin C? The reason is that cats, and other animals, can create ascorbic acid in their bodies. Humans cannot. Humans call ascorbic acid a vitamin, since we need to take it into our bodies in the form of food.

If a plant is grown without sunlight, how healthy is it? NOT very healthy! There are thousands of processes taking place in your body at every moment. Likewise, the whole foods you choose to eat, when they were growing, needed excellent resources for them to grow well.

Whether you eat an all plant diet or not, eventually down the food chain you come back to plants. Plants grow in soil. So how healthy is that soil? See the article Dirt Poor–Are Fruits and Vegetables Becoming Less Nutritious?

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Do you eat a good diet?

Do this: The Essential Nutrient Checklist is a quick way for you to evaluate how good your diet really is.  Answer some questions, then check the answer key to see what you could be doing better, and how. Many times you can improve your diet with whole natural unprocessed foods that are easy to add to your daily or weekly routine. But if you still, “don’t like fish” we offer some other alternatives as well.

Download the Essential Nutrient Checklist here

The most common question we are asked is, “What should I take.”

The answer is obviously dependent on many different factors including your age, what you eat regularly, as well as any special dietary preferences you may have and any conditions—illness or injury—you may be wanting to heal. Regardless, most people benefit from adding these into their good diet:

Next week we will discuss some less conventional products many people include in their daily plan. These may include:

Your diet affects everything else in your life—energy, mental clarity, even your relationships. Make good nutrition a priority in your life, and let us know if we can help. If you learned something new today, please comment or share this blog so that others may see it as well. Thanks!

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