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Food for thought (and function)

If you are confused about what constitutes proper eating habits, you are not alone. But just like other healthy habits, eating well does not have to be complicated. It does, however, require a basic understanding of some simple nutritional concepts, as well as the discipline to put them into action.

First, understand that there are 3 basic types of nutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. As often as possible, these nutrients should come from whole foods that aren simply prepared. Avoid processed foods
(canned, boxed, etc.) which are laden with chemical preservatives, sodium, and artificial flavors and colors.

Proteins are a major structural component of the body, and are essential to healthy muscles and other soft tissue. Good sources of protein include lean meat and poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, beans and legumes, and soy. An evening snack should include protein to help your body with tissue repair while sleeping.

Carbohydrates are essential for providing your body with energy, and although some popular diets will single out carbs as the bad guys, a distinction needs to be made between different types of carbs. It’s best to choose whole grains and unrefined starches such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole wheat pastas and breads, and fresh vegetables. Processed carbs are stripped of their nutrients and beneficial fiber. These are sometimes called the “whites” and
include white flour, white sugar, white rice, and white bread. The bulk of your carbs should be eaten morning through mid-day to
provide your body energy during the day.

Fats have also gotten a bad rap, but implementing the proper types of fats into your diet is essential for healthy heart function and a strong nervous system. Saturated or trans fats are the ones to avoid, as they contribute to atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, and heart disease. These are found in fried foods, hydrogenated oils, and fatty meats. Fat in your diet should consist of unsaturated fats, including omega-3s. Good sources include olive oil, salmon, avocados, flax seeds, and nuts.

A good rule of thumb is to eat moderately portioned meals with healthy snacks in between, so that you are eating 6-7 times daily. A typical meal should include components of all 3 nutrients, and the same goes for snacks. Dinner, for example, might be a 4-6oz skinless chicken breast, a generous portion of fresh vegetables, and a few slices of fresh avocado. An example of a good snack could be as simple as a couple celery sticks with natural peanut butter or almond butter. Eating well is not complicated. With a little creativity even the healthiest meals can be great-tasting!

A healthy spine and nervous system supports proper digestion, and a healthy diet supports your nerve health along with chiropractic adjustments to help you function at your best. Have your spine checked by your chiropractor in Chatswood to ensure your spine and nerves are healthy and your nutrition is best received by the body! (02) 9412 2722

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