Eight Ways To Keep It Simple

Many of my patients and people I know want to clean up their diets and eat in a more healthful way, but get confused and turned off by all the wildly conflicting information and drastic, unrealistic food regimes out there.  Seemingly every other day there is a new book or eating program being promoted in the media, many of which require cutting out of most foods that give people pleasure and that are commonplace in our daily lives.  Should they go Paleo?  Vegan?  Raw foods only? Macrobiotic? low-fat?  Atkins-style??  etc. etc. etc., the list is practically endless.  In the face of this, many people get frustrated and simply give up trying to improve their diet, not willing to look at a permanent diet of, say, steamed fish with a side of kale, washed down with some sort of “green drink”, or eating a lot of bizarre sounding foods that no one has ever heard of,  or never eating a carb or sweet treat again in their lifetime.

Instead of another drastic or depriving food regime,  I’d like to instead suggest a few simple ideas and steps for you to consider taking in regard to eating in a more healthy way:

  • Try to shift your diet as much as possible to locally-produced organic foods that are in season, avoiding foods with pesticides, chemicals, synthetic fertilizers and GMOs (genetically modified organisms)
  • Consume several servings of various vegetables (preferably organic) each day, and have organic, non-tropical fruits each day as well
  • Try to minimize your consumption of sugar, junky processed “foods”, highly-refined carbohydrates including white flour, sodas and soft drinks (including diet versions)
  • Try to include more legumes into the diet, such as lentils, chick peas, kidney beans, etc. as a replacement for some meat meals
  • When consuming meats or poultry, try as much as possible as possible to make them “grass-fed” or “free-range”, to avoid taking in a lot of extra chemicals, antibiotics and hormones found in conventional animal feed
  • Try to avoid the fish and seafood that are higher in mercury such as some varieties of tuna, and most swordfish
  • Try to minimize such sugary, fatty and refined-carb items as ice cream, cookies, pie, cakes, etc.  This doesn’t mean to never have them, but they should definitely fall into the category of “occasional treat” rather than things that are consumed every day.
  • Remember to keep yourself well-hydrated by consuming plenty of fresh, pure water every day


Another important area to consider is that of nutritional supplementation, which I consider absolutely critical to maintaining optimal health.  Few of us have the kind of the diet that provides us with all of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that we need, especially when much food today is highly processed or grown in soils that are substandard.  In addition, the stressful, intense and sped-up nature of our modern lives places an unprecedented demand on our bodies, and many of us feel fatigued and run down due to not getting enough of the nutrients that we need to function well.  Add the fact that a lot of people are constantly dieting and cutting calories in one way or another, and it’s not difficult to see that diet alone is not enough and that carefully-chosen and targeted nutritional supplements are a must for nearly everyone.

If you are interested in finding out more about how to eat healthfully and yet still realistically, I would be happy to suggest a workable program for you at your next appointment.  We also have a wonderful integrative nutritionist and lifestyle coach working with me in my office, Marlyn Diaz, and she is available for consultations as well, for those who might like more in-depth one-on-one coaching in making changes towards a healthier and happier lifestyle overall.  Please call my office at (310) 315-5483 if you would like more information and/or an appointment with myself or Marlyn.

Wishing you the very best of health!









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