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So, you've heard about Holistic Diets and you're wondering how to get started? You're in the right place.
In this 3-Part Series, Here's what we'll cover:
- The Difference Between a Holistic and a Modern Diet
- 11 Kinds of Holistic Diets and Therapies (and which to choose, when)
- 4 Ways Get Started with a Holistic Diet
Most of these points are probably not completely new to you, but I encourage you to read the details because you mind find a new reason to give them a try if you haven't already.
But first, let's just recap what differentiates a holistic diet from a modern one.
4 Characteristics of a Holistic Diet
- Optimizes your digestion
- Focuses on nature and the seasons
- Takes into account your personal likes
- Emphasis on food quality
Alright, now that that's covered, let's get started.
1) Take a Food Intolerance Test
A food intolerance test will show you what foods your body is having difficulty processing (even if you don't feel any negative symptoms).
The overall goal is that you want to know what does and doesn't work for your unique body. A food intolerance test will essentially point you in the right direction as to what kind of healing diet you want to to. You don't want to pick a random diet and not see any changes in your body due to an intolerance.
Believe it or not, it's pretty common to build up an intolerance to foods that you have on a regular basis. That means that you might not feel bad, but your digestive system is silently weeping.
Research a clinic in your area that can do an IgG test (this is the name of a blood test for food allergies). It could cost anywhere from 100-300 USD if it's not covered by insurance in your area.
2) Avoid Eating What You Don't Like
If you've been eating fruits and vegetables that make you want to cry and eat a plate of brownies, now's the time to stop doing what isn't working. There's a huge variety of fruits and vegetables out there that you can experiment with, so there is no need to focus on the ones that don't make you leap for joy.
And, if you aren't excited about the fruits and vegetables you have been eating, it is possible that your body doesn't respond to them very well. And eating holistically means being able to listen to what your body needs, including when it says it doesn't want certain foods that you have heard are healthy.
You should note though that this doesn't mean avoiding fruits and vegetables altogether. The only way to start craving fruits and vegetables is to introduce it to your body by eating it regularly until you either develop a liking for it or come to a conclusion that it's not for you. So, experiment a little!
3) Pick Local, Seasonal, Organic Whole Foods (whenever possible)
Remember, Mother Nature doesn't want you to be fat. Eating the foods that grow where you are is the easiest way to start feeling better, because you're helping your body acclimate to your climate.
The easier it is for your body to acclimate, the less stress it goes through trying to keep your body healthy. Less stress = easy weight loss!
Also, you want to pick organic (whenever possible/affordable) because you don't want your body to have to get rid of any chemicals that it didn't need in the first place, and that can potentially cause harm.
4) Opt for Warming Foods over Cooling Ones
One of the biggest difference I see between a holistic diet and a modern one is that most holistic diets focus on keeping the body warm, which isn't talked about at all in modern diets.
This doesn't mean that you have to eat foods that are a hot temperature all the time - it means that you want to add in spices and vegetables that create heat in the body. This helps the body with digestion and circulation which make it easier to regulate your weight.
In western diets, people usually eat room temperature or cold foods like raw salads and smoothies. But in the Eastern world where people have less weight issues, they usually have warm breakfasts/lunches/dinners and incorporate a lot of spices.
So start experimenting with adding in spices, garlic, and ginger to your meals.
7 Ridiculously Easy Tasks to Get Started
Okay, now that you know the background on holistic diets and things you want to think about to get started, you're probably wondering what's the first step you can take to start implementing these ideas.
Go ahead and check out the 7 Ridiculously Easy Tasks for Long Term Weight Loss where I share with you 1 holistic less on Food Energetics + 1 Easy task every day for 7 days. By the end, you'll have built a foundation and set yourself up for success!