Up until the past couple years of my life, my motivation to change my diet only came from my desperation to get rid of daily headaches and my desire to lose weight. Looking back, now I realize that when I focused on my weight I didn't eat well. Once I learned that eating the right things, (instead of avoiding the wrong things), helped me avoid headaches and migraines, I made nourishing my body my focus. As a result, I lost weight and discovered real food!
What do I mean by real food? Take my breakfast for example: for years I ate Shredded Wheat. It has less than five ingredients and I could pronounce all the ingredients. Those were rules I had heard often, so I figured I was eating something good for me. Well, there weren't as many bad ingredients in it, but there weren't really any nutrients either - my body was less than impressed. I can't tell you one health benefit you'll experience by eating shredded wheat daily.
Now, I eat Quinoa for breakfast. Quinoa has many nutritional benefits. Did you know it's a relative of spinach?! It's high in protein and full of trace minerals like iron, zinc, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. We all want proper amounts of these nutrients to keep our metabolism in gear, our blood sugar levels in check, and to help our body rebuild and repair our cells as efficiently as possible - to avoid the formation cancerous cells and to keep our skin looking healthy and vibrant!
My favorite way to eat Quinoa is with nuts, maple syrup, coconut flakes and ground flaxseeds. Quinoa is not just for breakfast though! It's commonly eaten in place of rice or pasta. By making this change, and a few other simple swaps, I've lost 12lbs in the last year! Stay tuned to learn about more simple swaps I made to get my healthy back. Make nourishing your body your priority, and the rest will fall into place!