3 micro-swaps to improve your nutrition
In case you didn't know (sang that in my head like Brett Young), I'm allllllll about the little tweaks. None of my lifestyle habits were done in an overwhelmingly painful or restrictive way, and none of yours have to be either.
Start with these quick swaps today:
1. SAY GOODBYE TO THE VEGETABLE OILS (CANOLA, SOYBEAN, CORN OIL)
WELCOME GRASS-FED BUTTER, COCONUT OIL OR AVOCADO OIL INSTEAD.
Vegetable oil? Sounds healthy. Like, it has the term vegetable in it; what could possibly go wrong?
Well, despite what the term might suggest, they are not at all made of vegetables. Sure, they are free of the saturated fat (which, by the way, is fine to eat) and contain no animal products for those concerned, but they come from big profit agriculture crops; the ones that are cheaper to buy and more helpful to a company's bottom line; not your health. These oils go through a hell of a lot of processing, which means nutrients are degraded again and again and again. The required processing introduces high-heat, which doesn't exactly help when they go rancid at high temperatures, making them far more unstable on a cellular level and prone to free radical damage, leading to premature aging, heart disease, cancer and even affecting your genes. This may just sound like gibberish, but the point is, they aren't safe to eat, and you should stick to the less processed grass-fed butter, and higher smoke points of coconut oil or avocado oil.
2. SAY AU REVOIR TO THE SUGARY POP
WELCOME SPARKLING WATER OR KOMBUCHA INSTEAD.
It's tough to say what my favourite was as a child: Cream Soda, A & W Root Beer or Cranberry Ginger Ale. I drank my fair share, but looking at the sugar content of one SINGLE can of pop is now tragic. If you're interested in the scary truth, the total sugar tally in a can of Coca Cola is 39 grams, which is over 6 of those sugar packets or one and a half of your favourite chocolate bars.
Not gunna lie here, I still have a guilt-free ginger ale at my grandparents house once in a while, but for your every day beverage, find an alternative. And please, not diet.
Go 1:1 ratio of pop and sparkling water, and then dial back, or get some low-sugar kombucha that actually helps your state of digestive health and energy levels.
3. SAY ADIOS TO THE TABLE SALT
WELCOME HIMALAYAN SEA SALT INSTEAD.
Table salt is usually far more refined and mixed with anti-caking agents to prevent clumping, such as sodium aluminosilicate or magnesium carbonate.
Himalayan salt, on the other hand, is less artificial and does not usually contain additives, but instead small amounts of key minerals that we often don't get enough of: calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. Perhaps such a tiny amount seems insignificant, but small things add up folks.
Remember, this is about creating your most desired long-term lifestyle, and with that you need to make a commitment to the small things.
Sometimes they may seem insignificant, but when you look back in one month, six months or twelve months and see what your life used to be, you have the opportunity to be quite impressed in what you've accomplished. Celebrate it, with a kombucha...or other fermented beverages.
Cheers to a brighter future,