by Dean Stacey, Natural Health Adviser, BCmpMed
Hungry for something better?
I’m often asked what the best and healthiest diet is – paleo, raw, vegan, blood type, low-carb, ketogenic – and the list goes on. The truth is there is no ‘best’ diet for us all. While one person may thrive on a particular diet, another may not. So it’s important to find what works for you. However, there is a common thread that runs across all ‘healthy’ diets – the celebration of wholefoods.
What are wholefoods?
Put simply, wholefoods:
Why do we need wholefoods?
Contrary to processed foods, wholefoods provide the essential nutrients our bodies require. Whilst processed foods can deplete nutrient levels; eating a balanced diet, rich in wholefoods, helps to ensure that we are giving our bodies the essential nutrients we need to function. Wholefoods are also rich in antioxidants – chemicals that help protect against oxidation in the body, a process that causes cell and tissue damage.
Following a wholefood diet based on fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, left as close to their natural state as possible, is believed to have numerous health benefits. That’s because eating wholefoods is the best way for the body to absorb essential nutrients. They also:
Top tips for shifting to a wholefood diet
Transitioning to a predominantly wholefoods diet can take time, but it is not hard. Always read the food label and check that the ingredients are natural.
It’s worth the effort – you’ll be looking and feeling better with more wholesomeness in your life!