Nutrition. An oft-repeated term. Easily slips into some of our everyday conversations, yet most of us understand very little about the vast and sometimes baffling term and its implications.
There’s so much nutritional confusion and personal frustration that happens when we’re trying to follow any particular diet or achieve a perfect body. The reality is, perfection doesn’t exist, it is relative and postpones one’s acceptance in the present. Instead of striving for perfection, try being gentle with yourself instead.
At Soul Souffle, we invite you to love yourself a little more each day. Let’s begin with trying to understand what nutrition could mean for each of us, with our own unique body type, genes, preferences and environments.
Some of the most important things to remember is whether we have a Macro-Nutrient balance in our meals. The Macro nutrients are
There are micro nutrients which are essential too- vitamins, minerals and water of course.
If you feel you have a balanced diet which includes lots of leafy green vegetable, nuts, seeds, grains, fruits, pulses, spices, herbs and maybe meat/egg for some, do pause to consider how much oil you use in your cooking and what kind. Refined vegetable oils are best used minimally. It is worthwhile to include raw foods into your daily dietary intake, if you are not doing so already. If you feel lethargic, tired and have a couple of other symptoms, do get your Vitamin D & B12, Hemoglobin, Calcium and Magnesium levels checked. Sometimes supplements maybe vital to your body.
It is of paramount importance to cut out refined sugar and refined flour from your daily intake as well as not consume products containing artificial sweetners, hydrogenated vegetable oils, MSG, GMO based produce and artificial flavoring agents. Most of these substances are neurotoxins, affecting the brain as well as regular metabolic rate. If you are taking medications for any condition, do try and find out the side effects of the same. Make sure you eat your meals slowly, in a relaxed manner, trying to chew well and enjoy whatever you may be eating. Do not skip meals. It is not about calories, it is about nourishment.
Sleep, adequate rest, hobbies and other activities, exercise, fresh air and freshly prepared food..these are the keys to a healthy mind and body. Make sure that most of what you eat does not come out of a packet containing loads of preservatives and chemicals. Eat foods that are more local, seasonal and of good quality. Prepare food with love and consume it with gratitude and awareness for the many who have contributed to your meal-right from nature to the farmers to the markets.
Eating the right food is half the story. The other half is who we are as eaters. Honour your story. Share with us your concerns and requirements. Let us know if you would like some Nutrition Coaching. We are here to listen to your preferences and challenges, design and customize plans, prepare dishes for you and treat you with simple, fresh, wholesome and tasty food.