Rethinking The Food Pyramid

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Across the board, nutritionists no longer recommend the traditional food pyramid. The specific needs of every body are different, therefore you should not take standard dietary guidelines at face value. Here’s what we recommend.
25 percent protein: organic meat, fish, nuts, beans, and full-fat dairy.
35 percent green vegetables: peas, kale, green beans, broccoli, cucumber, asparagus, etc.
*20 percent wide variety of fruits: fruits like apples and berries, sweet potatoes, beets, and eggplants
13 percent whole grains: quinoa, brown rice, or oats. Eliminate wheat from your diet. For those who are transitioning away from wheat, sprouted grains are a better option.
5 percent fermented foods: sauerkraut, kimchi, and yogurt
2 percent healthy fats: olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, organic butter
The old food pyramid focused primarily on grains, which we have now found to be detrimental to human health. In actuality, the less grains you eat, the more your health returns. Notice that fruits and vegetables account for over 55% of this updated diet.
A few tips to help you transition:
Snack Smarter
Always have nuts, and snack sized fruits, and vegetables available to you so that it’s easier to avoid unhealthy snacks.
Stay Hydrated
The human body is more than 60 percent water, so staying hydrated cannot be stressed enough. Good hydration means better bodily function – lower blood pressure, reduced fatigue, and clearer skin. Stay away from drinks containing sugar and caffeine as they can counter the effects of good hydration.
Incorporate Probiotics
Studies prove that cultivating good gut bacteria can improve your health, weight, and mood. This is why ~5 percent of your diet should contain fermented foods. It’s the best way to keep your gut healthy.
Article adapted from Mother Earth Living.

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