Holistic Nutrition Practitioner’s Note

In Nutritionist Notebook, Seeking Science by Sharan Malhi

Health is holistic; there’s no way to get around it. It doesn’t matter how fit you are, if you don’t eat right, all your hard work is going to waste. It doesn’t matter if you eat like a nutritionist, if you don’t move your body then it won’t perform at its optimum. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a green juice-drinking, TRX-loving yogi, if you’re under a lot of stress and pressure, your health will suffer. That’s why I advocate a holistic philosophy, one that pays attention to diet and lifestyle, and connects the mind, body and soul.

 Step back and consider your diet and lifestyle, in relation to your body, mind, and soul.

Starting your day with a nourishing health routine,  by being grateful, and implement a digestive hygiene, increasing movement, and meditating

I believe in nourishing my body with real and whole foods, unprocessed and as close to their natural state as possible. This means no additives, no preservatives, and no artificial ingredients. Paying attention to the foods and their quality.

I listen to my body and fuel accordingly. I eat small and large portions when I need them. I cook my food from scratch and they taste great, why? Because I made them with love. I eat healthy fats, loads of veggies, fruits, grains, and beans.

I don’t deprive myself of treats.  I find better quality versions or make them myself made from whole ingredients. Start knowing your ingredients.

The HEART of the home is in the kitchen and HEALTH begins in your kitchen. jamie-oliver

I believe in health and nutrition as a lifestyle, not a one week cleanse or a month’s detox. Everyday being conscious and aware of what goes into your mouth, what you do daily, and your environment it’s own form of a cleanse, providing balance for your liver, skin, lungs, and intestines to function optimally.

I believe in sustainable eating. Means knowing where your food and ingredients come from, and no not just the grocery store, but where they were grown and how. Promote organic farming of produce and animal products (free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones/steroids/pharmaceuticals).

I believe in managing stress healthfully, mentally and physically.  Means listening attentively to your body. Take the time to unwind and relax everyday. Slow down and breath before taking on a task, and most importantly, ask for help when needed.

I believe in accepting and respecting your body. Be kind to yourself and appreciate the biochemical reactions that are simply just letting you breathe. See yourself in a positive light and your mind will become clear of negativity, allowing in health and happiness.

I believe in living actively as exercise is very important for your body and mind. Exercise smarter by varying your workouts and enjoy them, if you hate your workouts your body isn’t benefiting. Listen to your body, be careful to not push too far, as it may add stress.