It’s easy for some people’s bodies to fall out of balance when eating in a system of processed, damaged, and manipulated foods. These people are the first reactors and can quickly fall into dis-ease when the body’s compensation methods have been maxed out. These first reactors experience metabolic dysfunction and dis-ease in the form of digestive issues, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmunity, depression/mood issues, and so much more. The Eating for Health model plays a role in preventing and improving these conditions.
The Eating for Health model is an alternative to the failing USDA MyPlate and Food Pyramid. At its core, we have a moderate amount of healthy fat sources which are vital for health. Then, adequate vegetable or animal sourced protein for everyday functions. After that comes a protective layer of booster foods (spices, nutritional yeast, algae, and seaweed) which we eat in small amounts. Next we have the major energy and phytonutrient sources: seasonal fruit, unrefined starches, crunchy vegetables, and
leafy vegetables. Finally, hydration in the form of pure water, fresh juice, mineral broth, and herbal teas.
The largest segments are the ones that we eat the most of. These include protein, leafy vegetables, crunchy vegetables, unrefined starches, and seasonal fruit. Unrefined starches might be a new classification to you. These include foods like grains and potatoes but in an unprocessed form. For example, white bread is made from wheat that has been refined. During this refining process, many of the nutrients and fibers are removed or broken down. After this process, the body will react differently to that food. The Eating for Health model doesn’t count these refined starches towards healthy eating however it does count foods like brown rice, whole cooked yams, butternut squash, and corn.
The Serving Chart below shows an average number of daily serving per each food group, what a serving size is, as well as examples of foods
that fit in the food group. It’s not a dogmatic system, but a guideline to find one’s way towards a lifestyle in nutrition that is free of dis-ease. See which foods your diet is lacking and start there. Try adding in more servings that week and try a variety of foods from that group. See how Eating for Health impacts you.
Sign up on the homepage for the FREE Eating for Health Basics tutorial where you’ll get more information on each food group and what foods fit into each group. You’ll also get a crash course in food quality (healthy/unhealthy fats, conventional/pastured animal products, conventional/organically grown produce) and parasympathetic/stress-free eating.
If you’d like to start one-on-one sessions with me to get individualized guidance and education contact me at (303) 816-3713 or email me at MKoontz@LifestylesInNutrition.com and check out the Services page!