By: Daniela DiStefano
Have you ever thought about visiting a holistic nutritionist?
Whether we’re constantly thinking about it or only pay attention when our bodies feel off, the relationship we have with food defines how we live and impacts our overall well-being. Maybe it’s growing older, work stress or lifestyle changes, but lately I’ve been giving my nutrition more thought and wondering what I can be doing to improve how I feel.
In almost perfect timing I was invited for a consultation with Kate Leinweber, B.Sc. R.H.N – a holistic nutritionist in Toronto to discuss how to re-program my food choices with advice that suits my lifestyle and body.
Here are some things I learned from Kate that might work for you too:
1. Practice mindful eating: Kate says the food we eat should feed our souls, and that consuming meals should be something we enjoy and savour. Paying attention to what we’re eating, how much of it and how it makes us feel as we’re eating it will help us to become drawn to what’s good for us and what our bodies are needing.
I often find myself multitasking while eating, (emails, TV shows, scrolling through Instagram) but now when I stop to pay attention to my eating I can be more conscious of the messages from my body and take pleasure in appreciating the foods I am enjoying and that are nourishing me, and avoid the ones that cause me discomfort.
2. Start with dairy and meats if you’re looking to eat organic: A completely organic diet may not be realistic for everyone, but if you’re wondering which items to focus on, Kate says dairy and meat products are most important. This is because animal products have the highest build up of pesticides. Choosing grass-fed meats delivers higher Omega 3s than grain-fed varieties and acts as an anti-inflammatory, while whole, non-homogenized organic milk is less processed and has more vitamins.
3. If you’re going to drink, have some gin: Moderation is key when it comes to alcohol, but if you’re going to enjoy a cocktail Kate recommends toasting with gin as it’s known for its herbal and medicinal properties.
4. Smaller, more frequent meals saves you from the 3 p.m. sugar crash: I told Kate I frequently find myself craving something sweet a couple hours after lunch, and she says it’s probably because I haven’t eaten enough things to give me energy throughout the day. Eating more healthy fats like olive oil, flax oil and organic butter will help you feel fuller longer, and foods like granola and yogurt, cheese & crackers, a smoothie or toast with almond butter help balance blood sugar so your energy stays even through the day.
5. A morning elixir helps with tummy troubles: One of my biggest concerns before visiting with Kate was the frequent stomach discomfort I would experience after eating. She recommended a simple remedy of warm water and lemon first thing in the morning to support digestion and minimize the chance of suffering from stomach pains, and I’ve also gotten into the habit of drinking lemon water throughout the day. She also suggested taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before dinner to stimulate digestion before eating dinner or whenever stomach pain may occur.
6. You can go six weeks without coffee: As another method to aid with my tummy troubles Kate challenged me to adjust my diet and eliminate coffee, black tea, sugar and processed foods for six weeks. The first days naturally were tough to adjust, especially during the work week, but I found once I stopped focusing on what I could not have and concentrated on the things I could enjoy I hardly missed the change. And once I did start drinking coffee and incorporating sugars and some processed foods back into my diet I found myself feeling less dependant on them and gravitating towards them less.
Curious about visiting a Holistic Nutritionist? Get in touch with Kate at www.Greenresonance.com
— Daniela DiStefano