In order to make nutrition a sustainable part of your daily life, and the lives of your family members, it’s important to choose food that you enjoy eating and food that is realistic.

Those two factors are critical if you want to stick to a new long-term diet that is better for your health. Eating healthy meals can aid weight loss, digestive problems and other seemingly unrelated health issues.

Jill Borba is Naturopathic Family Health’s resident Nutritionist. Her holistic nutrition philosophy celebrates food and its ability to add enjoyment to your life.

Here are some fundamental suggestions from Jill for establishing a sustainable diet filled with nutritional value:

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Avoid all processed food

The very first step to good nutritional health is to altogether avoid chemically processed food that has been made with artificial or refined ingredients. This could mean avoiding foods at the grocery store that have a long list of unrecognizable ingredients. In particular, look out for high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, colorants, artificial flavoring and refined carbohydrates.

Eat a plant-based diet

To eat nutritiously is to embrace vegetables. This doesn’t mean eating a vegetarian diet, but it does mean that three quarters of your diet should be made up of plant food—primarily vegetables. Veggies should be eaten at every meal for optimal nutritional impact, including breakfast. Each serving of veggies should be at least 1.5 cups.

Here are some ideas for a vegetable-fueled breakfast that tastes great:

  • Homemade vegetable soup
  • Eggs with sautéed vegetables
  • Bacon or sausage with vegetable hash

Minimize salt & sugar

Salt and sugar are stimulants that cause inflammation in the body. Too much inflammation can lead to conditions such as diabetes or coronary heart disease. To avoid these issues, the solution is to reduce your salt and sugar intake. Season your fresh food with spices and herbs for flavorful, healthy dishes. Fruit and honey are great alternatives to processed desserts filled with sugar.

Balance Your pH Levels

The body has various levels of acidity and alkaline throughout, and these varying degrees of pH are important to the different processes that your body activates to remain healthy… [learn more]

Maintain a low glycemic diet

A low glycemic diet can help you maintain balanced blood sugar levels and insulin production, thus avoiding health issues such as Type II diabetes and pancreatic illnesses… [learn more]

With an emphasis on sustainable and holistic nutrition, Nutritionist Jill Borba’s expertise supports and educates patients, while helping them understand how they can best implement the nutritional recommendations made by their naturopathic doctors. She can help you create meal plans, diet adjustments or a cleanse that is right for your situation. Her expertise includes:

  • digestive disorders
  • hormone imbalance
  • cardiovascular disease
  • detoxification
  • chronic pain
  • diabetes

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