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Rodrigo Louvat
I am a Marketing Associate at Tera in charge of digital marketing and content creation, writing blog articles and newsletters. Drop me a line at rodrigo.louvat@hellotera.com if you feel like it!

Nutrition 101: Everything you NEED to know

Inflammatory Ingredients

To kickstart your journey, let’s address the inflammatory culprits that can wreak havoc on your health. Sugars in various forms, such as syrups, nectars, and artificial sweeteners, can lead to chronic inflammation and contribute to weight gain. Seemingly benign gluten-free flours can still impact your blood sugar levels. Processed foods, with their additives and preservatives, often lack the nutrients your body needs for optimal function. Bid farewell to gluten and dairy, common triggers for digestive issues and allergies. Remember to use Tera to scan products for hidden sources.

Focus on Food Quality

While calories count, their quality matters even more. Food is information that interacts with your genes, hormones, and metabolism. Opt for nutrient-dense meals that support your health goals. Choosing whole foods over processed ones ensures you get a rich array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that contribute to your well-being. Respect portion sizes to prevent overeating, and consider the glycemic load of your meals – how they affect your blood sugar and insulin levels. Foods rich in fiber, protein, and anti-inflammatory fats are your allies against blood sugar spikes. Incorporate leafy greens, lean proteins, and healthy fats into your meals to create a well-rounded and balanced plate.

Embrace Healthy Fats

Let’s clear the air on fats – they’re not all bad. Opt for anti-inflammatory fats like omega-3s and monounsaturated fats. These fats do wonders for heart health, brain function, and reducing inflammation. Cold-water fish, such as salmon and sardines, are rich in omega-3s. Foods like olives, avocados, and certain oils (like olive and avocado oil) provide monounsaturated fats that are great for your heart.

Saturated Fats in Moderation: Some saturated fats have their place, too. Coconut oil, for instance, is a source of medium-chain triglycerides that offer quick energy and might support weight management. Use it for cooking, baking, or adding a dash to your smoothie.

Remember, balance is key. Keep portions in check and balance healthy fats with lean proteins and complex carbs. By welcoming these healthy fats, you’re making a mindful choice to nourish your body and give it what it needs.

Stay tuned for our next edition, where we explore the art of mindful eating, guiding you toward a more intuitive and fulfilling relationship with your meals.

Prioritize Quality Protein

Protein is your body’s building block, playing a crucial role in maintaining health and vitality. Not only does it help balance blood sugar levels and control hunger, but it also supports overall well-being. Incorporating diverse sources of protein into your diet can offer a wide spectrum of amino acids essential for muscle growth, tissue repair, and immune function.

Beans: These nutritional powerhouses are rich in protein, fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. From black beans to lentils, beans are a versatile addition to soups, salads, and main dishes. They provide a slow and steady release of energy while keeping you full and satisfied.

Whole Soy: Opt for minimally processed forms of soy, such as tofu, tempeh, and edamame. Soy products provide complete protein and are an excellent alternative to meat in plant-based diets. They also contain phytochemicals that support heart health and hormone balance.

Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds are nutrient-dense sources of protein, healthy fats, and essential minerals. Sprinkle them on yogurt, salads, or enjoy them as a satisfying snack to fuel your body throughout the day.

Lean Meats: Choose lean cuts of poultry, grass-fed beef, and pork. These meats are excellent sources of high-quality protein, delivering essential amino acids that support muscle repair and growth. Opt for organic and hormone-free options whenever possible to ensure your protein comes without unwanted additives.

There is a lot more to nutrition but I hope you found this quick 101 informative and helpful. Food isn’t like medicine it IS medicine. It’s time to start treating our food as medicine and remember health is more than just exercise and pharmaceutical medication, it starts with what you eat.

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