What is Holistic Nutrition?
Using holistic nutrition, women can improve all aspects of their lifestyle, from their bodies to their minds to their spirits.
Nutrition is a curious concept. Figuring out what to eat to make ourselves healthier and happier can be challenging. The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition claims that “Only natural, wholesome foods can produce the degree of health that brings peace of mind and enjoyment of life.”
At Sixty and Not A Granny, we are dedicated to creating an online community which helps empower women, particularly the “60 plus” demographic, through their lifestyle. Diet is an essential part of that, and so we want to help women understand the correlation between eating healthy foods and well-being.
Sylvie de Gil – the founder of Sixty and Not A Granny – has been through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and aims to help women lose weight in her book through finding whole and natural foods.
Holistic nutrition is something which can be confusing to a lot of people. It’s actually very simple – it’s nutrition designed to be balanced and help you grow physically, emotionally and spiritual.
Holistic nutrition is all about balance. When starting a diet which is based in holistic principles, balance is the most important thing. Carbohydrates, proteins, fibers, sugars and fats. Everything in moderation is the principle of holistic nutrition.
Living a holistic lifestyle has several benefits in all areas of life. Some of these include, but are not limited to:
- Improved health conditions (diabetes, heart disease, asthma, etc.)
- Improved depression symptoms
- Stress relief
- Life balance
- Spiritual development
- Weight management
- Improved skin conditions
- Improved mood
- Improved sleep quality
What is Natural Food?
There are three components, according to CSNN, which make up a diet of natural foods. These qualities determine the impact of a piece of food on well-being, as it determines their inherent natural value. The components are:
Natural: Is the food unprocessed and unrefined?
Alive: Does the food contain live enzymes?
Good Quality: Was the food grown in high-quality soil, free of pesticides and/or organically sourced?
Natural food can be used to treat the root causes of issues which create symptoms. While modern medicine is used to treat symptoms, adjusting your lifestyle to a holistic approach offers many benefits such as boosting your immune system and improving overall well-being.
Following a Holistic Diet
First thing’s first: freshness is everything. Cutting out processed foods and focusing on natural ingredients will instantly provide you with a cleaner way of life. Make sure to eat a lot of leafy greens, and fruits and vegetables. The more you know about your food and where it comes from, the better. Some people claim that using only natural foods is bland and unexciting, but we couldn’t disagree more! Try using natural flavoring in your cooking. Salts, spices, herbs, and natural cooking oils can all be used to add delicious flavor to your meals.
Secondly, think about the things that you’re drinking. Water should be your primary source of fluid intake. Avoid caffeinated things like coffee, some teas, and soda. If you want to drink tea, go for herbal teas which contain no caffeine. If you want juice, choose organic juices with no artificial ingredients. Soy milk, rice milk and almond milk are good options for if you need milk for any reason.
There are several other ways to follow a holistic diet, from buying local produce to not eating anything with white flour in it (buy whole grain instead), to not eating any refined sugar. Eventually, your sweet tooth will readjust so that fruit seems incredibly sweet. It’s important to work out what works for you specifically, and what makes you happy.
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that food is amazing! It’s ok to indulge every once in a while, as long as you keep the key rule in mind: moderation is everything.
The idea of holistic nutrition is just that: holistic. The body is linked to the mind and the spirit, so it’s important to feed the body foods which also fuel the mind and the spirit. Nature provides all we need to live a happy, balanced life, and keeping in touch with our bodies is incredibly important.
In her book, Sylvie explains that many people don’t understand why they want to lose weight, and this is part of the reason why they struggle so much.
They forget to ask the important questions, like:
“Why do I put on weight?”
“Why do I want to lose weight?”
“Am I ready to begin a diet?”
The book features a questionnaire that will help users understand their motivations for losing weight.
For a diet to be successful, we need to examine our past, and look at the future, looking big-picture. There is an important relationship between mind, body and self-image. Sometimes we lose weight for health, but it’s mostly for fashion, to fit into the trends of modern society. We need to reclaim our shape, as women. We need to accept who we are. To lose weight, there are a lot of things to do first. You must accept that your body is different, and accept all that your body can do . Your body shape will be the same, regardless of whether or not you lose weight. So if you connect your mind with your body to create the right image – that you are proud of your image and you can wear the clothes that you want for this image, then you can lose weight for a long time.
Lose Weight With Consciousness
Sylvie explains that she wants people “to lose weight with consciousness,” which is the cornerstone of holistic nutrition principles. Sylvie’s diet plan is low calorie, with high water intake. One meal of the week is all you can eat, because people have different needs. Religious people sometimes need a big meal – Jewish people on Fridays, Christians on Sundays.
The three steps to losing weight, as Sylvie details in her book, are as follows:
- know why you want to lose weight.
- begin to lose weight
- be coached – have a community. It’s easy to forget your goals and your progress.
Learn to love your own body. Show the beauty of your own body.
Written by: Rosie Forster