Guide For Transitioning To A Healthier Diet

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At this point, most of us know what foods are healthy. The challenge is no longer in finding the best health-promoting foods, but rather conveniently incorporating them into the diet on a daily basis without overextending our time budget. What then is the best route to take when aiming to integrate more healthy foods into the diet by replacing the less-healthy options?

A common approach when transitioning to a new way of eating is to eliminate certain non-health promoting foods. However, the most effective way to seamlessly adopt a new eating plan is to include more health-promoting foods as opposed to eliminating the less healthy. This is a practical solution that works on a physiological level as well as a psychological one.

Physically, this approach is ideal in that it allows time for the body to detoxify itself. Healthier foods generally have more fiber, more chlorophyll and are often enzyme rich. These three components of healthy food will, however, take the body a bit of time to adapt to. By slowly adding foods that are rich in these nutrients, the body will grow used to them and actually begin to expect and even desire them over time.

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Psychologically, adopting this “inclusion” approach is a sound strategy. Mentally knowing that you can still eat some of the foods you’re trying to wean yourself off of in the early stages of the new diet is a comfort to most. Simply starting a program that is less restrictive (and therefore not as daunting) will have a greater chance of being embraced and will eventually becoming routine.

One of the most effective ways to begin making the transition is to incorporate key cleansing foods in a form that is appealing. Whole food smoothies are the best way to do this. Blended with one’s choice of fresh fruit, they can accommodate most everyone. As mentioned, the key active ingredients for transitional purposes are fiber, chlorophyll and enzymes. As with any nutrient, fiber is best obtained from a whole food source. Both soluble and insoluble sources of fiber are important. Hemp, flax, greens and vegetables are a superior source. Whole grains are also a reasonable choice and sprouted are the best. Chlorophyll rich foods are the green ones — the darker the better. From basic lettuce to more exotic algae such as chlorella, spirulina and even phytoplankton, they are tremendously healthy.

Enzymes are prevalent in raw food.Simply by incorporating more raw foods (such as fruit and vegetables) into your diet will ensure that your enzyme needs are covered. However, stress and the over consumption of refined foods can cause enzyme production to sharply decline. But the addition of fresh raw fruit is a good first step.

Other good whole food sources to add to a smoothie include coconut water, which is extremely rich in electrolytes, and a seed called Salba that is high in protein and essential fatty acids, including omega-3.

One of the reason I created Vega was to help people seamlessly make the transition to a healthier diet. For more information, click here.

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  • Maree

    Ummm. Brendan. There is no such thing as a seed called Salba.. There is such a thing as a COMPANY called Salba that sells a seed called CHIA. There are many companies that sell Chia and to say that Salba is a seed is like saying Kleenex is the product instead of tissue paper (as it really is). When in fact Kleenex is the name of a company that sells tissue paper. Puleeez, get your ideas straight! Please edit this article- talk about misinformation, unless of course there are financial ties to the Salba company here?!?

  • Brendan Brazier

    Hi Maree,

    Salba is in fact a brand of an heirloom variety of white chia. So it is somewhat unique. Its’ botanical name is Salvia hispanica L.

    I prefer it over standard white chia for that fact that it hasn’t been grafted with other varieties of plants over the years. Because of this I find it less likely to cause sensitivities and its mineral content is slightly higher. However, standard white chia is also an excellent option and can be used in place of Salba if preferd.

    Thanks for your comment, hope this helps,


  • Maree

    Hi Brandon,

    Actually, the nutritional content is the same as other white chia. Just look on the back of a chia label and compare to Salba’s white chia. There are two main farms in south america supplying the chia and they do not graft over the chia with any other varieties of plants. That is more misinformation. Perhaps you could back up your claims in writing with something substantial. Why should customers pay a premium for a brand name, often double the price? Salba is still just a company selling chia and chia is chia or botanical name Salvia hispanica L.

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