A Whole Foods Diet Explained.
What exactly is a ‘whole foods’ diet?
Whole foods are those that come in a natural, unprocessed, and properly sourced form. It’s real and nutrient dense food. This allows you to get more bang for your buck and maximize your nutrient intake. A good trick is to look for the brightest, richest, single ingredient foods. Strive to have a variety of colors every meal. The less steps a food takes to get to your plate the less processed it is. A potato in its whole form will be more nutritious than its processed form of potato chips. Properly sourcing your food is also important. Eggs from pasture-raised chickens are much brighter due to their superior nutrient content. Including more whole foods into your diet will greatly impact your overall wellness.
Tips for success:
- Shop at your local farmer’s markets
- Always read ingredients label
- Learn the source of your food (farm or factory)
- Sign up for a CSA box (produce delivery service)
- Do a pantry purge & stock up on whole foods
- Include a variety of colors each meal
- Eat seasonally- include foods that are in season
Elisha Voren MS, CSCS, NTC, FMS