What does Wholitarian mean?
Wholitarian is a term I’ve created to describe a healthy nutrition lifestyle made up primarily of real, whole foods that are nutrient-dense, minimally processed, plant-based and as close as possible to their original state when first harvested. These kinds of foods are delicious, convenient, earth-friendly, and can help your body achieve optimal health.
What does nutrient-dense mean?
Nutrient-dense foods are foods that contain a ton of micronutrients per calorie. Happily, these foods also tend to be naturally lower in calories and higher in fiber and water. Leafy greens are a great example – low in calories and packed with micronutrients, fiber and water. On the other hand, soda and white bread are the opposite of nutrient-dense because they contain a lot of calories but few micronutrients. Choosing a diet of mostly nutrient-dense foods gives your body the tools it needs to thrive.
What are micronutrients?
Vitamins, minerals & phytonutrients. These tiny components of certain foods don’t contain calories but have a profound effect on the development and maintenance of your immune system, cell function, and natural detoxification and and cellular repair mechanisms that can help protect you from cancer and other common diseases.
How do you go nutrient-dense?
By choosing nutrition lifestyle that consists of mostly plant-based, minimally processed, whole foods.
What are some nutrient dense foods?
Vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds (with around 20% wiggle room for other foods like meat and milk if that’s your thing).
Why is there a 20% wiggle room?
To make this lifestyle sustainable, enjoyable and practical. And to allow you room to take part in food-focused social events that might not be the healthiest for your body but feed your heart, mind and soul in other vital ways.
What if I don’t like nutrient-dense foods?
The amazing secret to this lifestyle is that the more you eat nutrient-dense foods, the better nourished your body, the lower your appetite and the less you crave processed foods and animal products. In other words, nutrient-dense foods truly grow on you!
Why choose nutrient-dense?
When you follow a nutrient-dense nutrition lifestyle, you will experience:
- Optimization/normalization of weight
- Higher and more sustained energy levels
- Fewer cravings
- Less overeating
- Improved digestion and reduced risk of future digestive problems
- Reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, dementia
- Improved mood
- Improved productivity
- Improved quality and duration of sleep
- Improved longevity
- Improved mental acuity – no more food fog!