Our overall vitality and energy is directly linked to the food we eat. Refined and processed foods require more energy from the organs responsible for elimination of toxins from the body than low-human-impact foods. When we are feeling sluggish, this can be an indication that these organs are overburdened and we need to make some changes to our diet.
To get the most out of our bodies and perform at our best, it is essential that we are putting in a rainbow of nutritionally beneficial foods into our bodies. The easiest way to take control of what you eat is to follow a weekly meal plan.
Thanks to the social media and online programs, there are enough readily accessible healthy recipes out there to have different meals each day. With a little bit of research and preparation, it is possible for to build your own weekly meal plan however to make sure you are not missing out on any crucial minerals or vitamins, we recommend seeking professional advice from a naturopath. By building your plan around a variety of seasonal produce is a great way to start!
Follow our guidelines below:
- Seasonal – Buying foods seasonally is an easy way to ensure you are getting fresher, tastier, more nutrient dense and more affordable fruits and veg.
- Variety – Getting a balanced variety of foods is absolutely critical for optimal health and for digestion. By feeding our beneficial flora in our gut a wide range of fibre, fruits and vegetables this creates a healthy microbiome and optimal digestion.
- Proteins – Proteins are the basic building material for all living cells and are necessary for growth and repair. The best sources of protein are: eggs, grains such as quinoa, fish, yogurt, green leafy vegetable, seeds, nuts, beans, lentils, spirulina and chlorella.
- Carbohydrates – Carbs have a bad wrap in the health world but these are essential for giving us energy. Good sources of carbohydrates are: fruits, grains, beans, and root vegetables as these are broken dow gradually throughout the day providing a steady flow of energy.
- Set the Number of Meals – Everyone’s metabolism is different and the number and size of the meals you need to eat per day will differ from person to person. Generally a good rule is four meals; Breakfast, Lunch, Snack and Dinner.
- Water – For optimal energy, we should aim to drink 2 litres of water per day. By scheduling this into your meal plan it will make you accountable to drink more water.
Our favourite recipe sources:
- Oh She Glows
- Deliciously Ella
- The Brown Paper Bag
- I Quit Sugar
- My New Roots
- Luxton Clinic
- Women’s Health
- Well + Good