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Holistic Nutrition: Try a Food Swap

Posted by admin on Tue, Jan 31, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Anita's Healthy Tips

Yesterday I gave a talk at a local school about health and wellness. I was speaking to the teaching staff who work long hours and some of whom are big on “convenience” foods.

Convenience foods make life easier in the short run, don’t they? Pop a frozen dinner in the microwave, get some take out food.

We have turned into a society that no longer waits for anything....instant news, instant information on the internet, instant oatmeal. And then when we do have to wait for something we are super inconvenienced!

Does it make sense to forego our wellness because processed food is so much easier to prepare? I’m sure you have heard me talk about this before but I do so again here because it’s THAT important:

Processed foods do not contribute to wellness, they contribute to illness.

Most packaged foods contain highly processed vegetable oils, sugar, plenty of additives and artificial dyes made from petroleum. Inflammation is at the heart of almost every chronic disease process and the ingredients in processed foods cause inflammation.

Am I suggesting that you throw out everything in you pantry and refrigerator? No! I’m asking you to choose holistic_nutritionhealth over illness with the future choices that you make. When you make that mind set shift, it becomes easier to find the foods that promote health.

What food can you swap out for something healthier?

Nuts instead of chips?

Baked chips instead of fried?

An apple instead of apple juice?

Oatmeal instead of sweetened cereal?

One foot in front of the other, concentrating on the next baby step instead of the next mountain will produce amazing results for you on your journey to vibrant health!

 

Anita Capizzi, RN, CHC, is a Certified Health Coach at National Integrated Health Associates and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Her philosphy is to meet people where they are and upgrade their level of holistic nutrition and wellness, one step at a time.

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