Today, more than ever, it is important to feed your body fuel from the best sources of energy. Eat real foods that fuel your passion, drive, and busy schedule. To do this, feed your body life by eating whole foods whenever possible.
How Whole Foods (not the store) Feed Your Body
What are “whole foods”? Whole foods are foods that have not been processed—foods from nature. They have a short shelf life and usually contain just one or two ingredients. Several examples of whole foods include:
- lean meats
Whole foods feed your body differently than the processed foods that make up much of our modern diet. Processed foods can sit on a shelf a long time, contain 5 or more ingredients made up of multisyllabic words we can’t pronounce, and often contain partially hydrogenated oils and preservatives to give them a longer shelf life. Look on any supermarket shelf and you’ll find mostly processed foods.
Generate Cellular Energy
The simple fact is that our natural bodies perform best when fed natural foods. Just as a car engine needs high quality fuel to run properly we need high quality energy to ensure peak performance. Foods from nature contain the most and best sources of energy, whereas most processed foods are made up of empty calories with little energy or benefit to us.
There is much confusing, conflicting information and deceptive research regarding the best diets to lose weight. But the research is clear—if we eat more fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean sources of protein, and moderate amounts of healthy fats, we increase our chances of living longer, healthier, more energetic lives. No matter what diet you may be on in the short run, remember that in the long run our bodies do best when fed nature’s energy.
While it is difficult to make whole foods 100 percent of your diet, there are some simple ways to start incorporating them into your daily menu. To help you incorporate high-energy sources of fuel into your life, try the following simple action steps. You will feel the difference.
- Think of food as fuel. Eat foods closest to nature. That way, you’re building your body every day with the best sources of energy.
- When choosing your foods, read the labels and know what you’re putting into your body. For example, Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter is made with just peanuts and salt. That’s it! Wow—what a concept.
- Reduce the amount of processed foods in your diet.