Last Thursday I had the great pleasure of speaking to six classes of students at Brattleboro Union High School. I spoke to students in health class as part of nutrition week. It was a phenomenal honor to be able to educate young people on the benefits of holistic wellness. We went over the differences in the USDA My Plate Graphic and the Integrative Nutrition Plate. I believe that it is extremely important to educate young people on the benefits of whole grains vs. processed grains and water vs. dairy. I had a blast teaching these theories and seeing heads bobbing in acknowledgment! I think the information that I presented breaks down what to eat in a way that is more instinctual and less cerebral.
As my gift to you, I would like to share the tips that I concluded my lecture with. I hope that these tips will help to inform the choices that you make and lead gradually to a future of greater total body wellness through nutrition. Please share, print out, bookmark, etc.
COACH ANGIE’S TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE RIGHT FOODS
-choose foods without labels (fresh vegetables, fruits)
-if there is a label, make sure you can read and understand all of the ingredients
-choose a variety of colors (of produce) for maximum nutrient consumption
-eat mindfully – pay attention to the way your food looks and tastes, chew, and relax
-listen to your body – observe how you feel physically and emotionally after eating
-eat foods that make you feel vibrant, energetic, and clear-headed and happy!
-90/10 diet – eat healthy (organic if possible) whole foods 90% of the time – 10% of the time you get to indulge