How to Experiment With Nutrient-Dense Foods to Find Your Most Vibrant Self
by Michelle Dudley
Is there a secret to how to live a vibrant healthy life?
What if I told you that it’s not only attainable, but that it can also be really simple?
The key is changing habits we’ve created that are working against us, and replacing them with habits that help us embrace our best selves and allow us to live a vibrant, high-quality life.
It IS possible to change our own health without medications and expensive quick-fix diets. The “secret” (if there is one) is to get back to basics—to tune in to our own intuition and intelligence by exploring what is most natural for the optimal functioning of our fantastic, amazing bodies.
Our bodies and brains are quite intuitive on their own. Together, they operate as one beautifully-functioning, intelligent machine.
This machine is meant to digest nutrient-dense foods in their most natural form, not chemically-laden or genetically-modified foods. The latter—though designed to taste amazing by scientists who work for food manufacturing companies—actually cause us to feel bad. And to make matters worse, these “foods” are highly addictive.
So, we must retrain our taste buds to prefer real food.
The best way to do so is to experiment with food in its most natural form over the course of a couple of weeks, noting how you feel as you sample each one.
Here is a sample grocery list to help you get started (choose organic wherever possible):
- Unsweetened almond, coconut, cashew, or rice milk
- Almond butter with as few ingredients as possible (Simply Balanced Target brand is a great choice)
- Berries of all kinds – fresh or frozen
- Carrots – whole
- Spinach – fresh
- Sweet potatoes
- Broccoli – fresh or frozen
- Cauliflower- fresh, frozen, and riced
- Fresh or organic jarred salsa
- Hummus – all types
- Nuts and seeds of all kinds – unsalted and raw (if possible)
- Beans of all types – dried or canned (organic): black beans, lentils
- Whole grain, brown rice
- Oils – olive, coconut, avocado
- Fresh, locally caught fish if possible
- Vegetables – frozen all types
- Salad dressings with as few ingredients as possible (olive oil and balsamic vinegar)
- Breads and crackers with as few ingredients as possible (whole grains and organic)
- Tortilla chips (organic and with as few ingredients as possible)
- Use sea salt/pink Himalayan sea salt and fresh ground pepper in a grinder
These are just a few wonderful ingredients to start with, but there are many more and a wealth of amazing resources available online for you to resource from. (I personally recommend bluezones.com.)
Smoothies are also one healthy (and easy) way to incorporate many of the ingredients above. I love freezing peeled, just-ripe bananas and then blending them up with a spoonful of almond butter…you’d be amazed at how delicious it is!
I hope you’ll give experimenting with nutrient-dense foods a try…it’s not only well worth your time and effort, but can also be exciting and fun! And I promise—your body and mind will thank you.