A big game changer for me during my health journey is when I had the realisation that we are not taught how to eat properly.
Now I bet your wondering who’s “we”? and what do I mean by that whole statement?…
So bear with me while I explain…
When I say “we” I’m referring to those of us living in western society.We haven’t been taught what the specific, suitable diet for our physiology as a human species actually is. In other words, most of us have no clue about how to eat in a way that nourishes and fuels our body, satisfies our natural cravings, while meeting our body’s nutritional needs.
And this is why we’re faced with a HUGE epidemic of diet-related diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. All of which, by the way, can be prevented with diet and other lifestyle choices.
And this is another reason why many of us get to the age of 20, 30 and even 50 and we’re still confused about what foods to eat in abundance, what foods to avoid like a plague (for the sake of minimising the risk of developing chronic diseases in the long run) and how exactly to keep our bodies healthy and in best shape possible.
This is also why it’s common for most people (especially women) in western society to constantly either be on a diet or planning on going on a diet to lose weight. We’re a society suffering from weight issues, sickness and disease because we are not taught how to eat properly.
And that’s why I encourage you to educate yourself about health and how to achieve optimal health and then apply those principles in your life.
That’s exactly what I’ve done along my health journey and I’m here to share with you some of the things I’ve learned in a simple and clear manner to help you head in the right direction, reach your health goals and look and feel your best.
So if there’s ONE thing you must focus on that will improve your overall health, it’s to eat a diet that centres around whole plant foods.
Why? You ask…
Because along with many other benefits that come with eating whole plant foods, one of the best benefits is that you will be consuming more FIBRE! And a fibre-rich diet is a great diet, my friend!
What Is Fibre & Why Is It So Important?
Fibre is a carbohydrate found in plant foods. Animal-based foods such as meat, dairy and eggs don’t contain any fibre. Unlike other carbohydrates, fibre doesn’t get broken down into glucose and used as fuel for the body because the body can’t actually digest fibre. Instead, it passes through the entire digestive system acting like a broom, “swiping” away waste from the body and promoting digestive health.
Other health benefits of fibre include improving absorption of vitamins and minerals, stabilising blood sugar levels, aiding weight loss, helping to maintain a healthy body weight, as well as preventing diseases. I’ll go into more details about benefits of fibre below…
How Much Fibre Do You Need & High Fibre Foods
The diet recommendations for fibre is 35g a day for men and 25g a day for women. Foods that are high in fibre include all fruit and vegetables including root vegetables such as potatoes, yams etc., whole grains such as brown rice, whole-wheat pasta etc., beans and legumes and nuts and seeds.
Basically whole plant foods. Again, this is why I encourage everyone to adopt a whole food Plant-based diet.
Top 5 Benefits Of Fibre
Fibre reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) and lowers blood pressure, which decreases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and coronary heart disease, which is the world’s number 1 killer!
2.Reduces Risks of Diabetes
Fibre helps stabilise blood sugar level, which reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
3.Protects Against Certain Cancers
A high fibre diet helps protects against breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.
4.Prevents & Relieves Constipation
Most people eating the standard western diet suffer from constipation because of lack of fibre. Eating more fibre increases the size of stools making them larger and softer ( lovely indeed!) which makes them move more quickly through the bowels.
5.Weight loss & Management
High fibre foods not only help you feel full for longer but they also tend to be low in fat content so they’re the perfect weight loss and weight management foods.
5 Way To Increase Fibre In Your Diet
1.Swap Animal Protein For Plant Protein
Swap the meat in meat-based dishes with beans and legumes, which are satiating, high in protein and unlike animal protein, they contain plenty of fibre and no cholesterol.
2.Choose High Fibre Snacks
If you like snacking between meals then always opt for healthy snacks that are high in fibre. Think fruit, chia pudding, nice-cream, and hummus with veggie sticks.
3.Add Extra Veggies To Every Meal
Make a simple salad of lettuce, tomato, and cucumber with a lemon juice dressing or steam a variety of different veggies such as broccoli, carrots, cabbage, kale and any other veggies you like and always serve them as a side dish to savoury meals.
4.Switch To Whole Grains
Choose brown rice over white rice, whole-wheat pasta over white pasta and brown bread over white bread. Also introduce other high fibre, high nutrient grains into your diet such as quinoa, buckwheat and millet.
5.Drink a Green Smoothie Everyday
Because green smoothies are made using whole fruits and leafy green vegetables they’re naturally high in fibre as well as vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants.
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