The whole foods approach is one I refer to as the NAG diet. Natural. Alive. Good quality. It’s a diet that isn’t really a diet at all. It’s a way of living. A way of providing the body with necessary nutrients it needs to function at its highest level.

Whole, fresh, unprocessed foods, encourage conscious and intuitive eating which, I’ve found, will naturally trickle into other aspects of life, creating an overall sense of consciousness. There are three important factors to take into consideration when adopting the NAG diet, or any new dietary approach for that matter.

Food prep. One of the most crucial components to a healthier you. There’s no denying it. Food prep takes time. But what great things don’t? If you’re looking to take control of your health, you must get comfortable with the idea that food prep will be just as much a part of your routine as with things like exercise and sleep.

Keep it simple. Following recipes and cooking in general can feel daunting but if you’re working with whole foods, the best dishes come together with minimal ingredients. When grocery shopping, think of picking ingredients from the outermost perimeter of the grocery store. That’s where you’ll find the freshest (unpackaged) whole food items.

Take your time. Trying to do everything at once can be so overwhelming, in every aspect of life. Starting slow gives our bodies and minds time to adjust. We then have time to try alternatives and decide what we like then change what we don’t.

When transforming the diet, meat, especially the processed kind, is quite often one of the first foods to be reduced, if not taken out entirely. I am no longer a strict vegetarian. But I do think it’s important to use our intuition when eating and to listen to what our bodies need. Our body has the ability to tell us by sending signals like overall fatigue and weakness, muscle pains, constipation or depression, for example. Say you’re vegan but you feel the above symptoms because your body is calling out for high-quality protein and fat, introducing eggs could actually prove to be very beneficial. That being said, I do eat plant-based about 80% of the time. And for good reason. Here’s why.

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Source: Health Perch

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