Did you know that you can be eating the 5 Foundational Plant Based Foods every single day and still be missing out on many of the nutrients that your body needs for optimum health?
But getting more nutrients from your food is much easier than you think.
Today we're sharing some super easy ways to set yourself up for whole food plant-based success!
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It absolutely tastes amazing to live this way and brings so much joy, but the truth is, eating is about so much more than the food you put into your body. It's also about the life you're building for yourself, your relationships, and the memories you want to be able to make.
We are in your corner, cheering you on. You can do this! 🎉
Now let's dive into the episode to make sure that you are getting the most nutrients from your food possible.
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I think I'd be ashamed to say,Anita:
right? If you've been around here for a while you understand that it's usually not just one or two minutes, there's a reason for that. The reality is, we focus on giving you all the good stuff without any of the fluff. So it's not going to be long and drawn out with a lot of good information in there. But there's just so much good stuff to share. And when you've lived this way for a while, you get how life changing it can be you know how radically different your life can look and how much hope you found. And you just want to share. And that's where we are we're coming from. And today, you know, it's just the same with this, we've got one thing that we're going to talk about, but I know you're going to get some other great nuggets thrown in there, too. And so I want you to know, I want you to know that this one thing that we're sharing today can be a big game changer. Because you may not know this, but you can be eating from the five foundational foods on a regular basis, and still be missing out on a huge amount of nutrients that your body needs. It's true. And so today, we're talking about one of the biggest ways that many people leave out a lot of the nutrients that they need. They leave the nutrients on the table, and we don't want you to miss out on the nutrients that you need. And that's what we're talking about the smartest way you can get the most nutrients from your feed.INTRO:
You're listening to the Smarter Healthy Living podcast where we firmly believe that getting healthy should never feel like torture, where your host Jarrod and Anita Roussel were college sweethearts, and health professionals who help you redefine what getting healthy looks like using a whole food plant based lifestyle. It's time to hear from the experts and learn the best tips and tricks that helped others get beyond the overwhelm, to create a vibrant life they love. If you're sick and tired of being sick, and tired, you're in the right place. So pull up a virtual chair, grab your matcha latte. And let's get started. Welcome back. Now there are a lot of ways that we can be missing out on the nutrients in our food and ways that you can get more of those. And we're going to be talking about those as we go. But we just want to focus on one thing at a time. Think about when you're thinking about changing your life. Think about the main things that you want to do. And this is something that's so stinkin easy to do. But we get so busy in our lives, and we get in such a hurry. We don't take the time to do the basic things,Jarrod:
or it's just become habit to not do those things.Anita:
Well, and for a lot of us, it becomes a habit in school, because we're constantly rushing to age, flying to the next class. And it sticks with us from the time we're in school until later on and adulthood. Well,Jarrod:
you have those moments where you are in a hurry. So then you do certain things. And then in those moments, when you're not in a hurry, you still behave that same way.Anita:
Yeah, and we're talking about eating fast. I mean, you're chewing, maybe a couple of bites, and then you're swallowing I want you to notice you probably never noticed before. Notice how many times you actually chew. And notice the consistency of the food that's in your mouth when you're about to swallow it. Because truth be told, it really is so simple to slow yourself down. Even if you feel like you're in a hurry. You can do things to change the amounts of time that you have to eat. There's probably some things that you can do in your schedule to give yourself a little more time. Sometimes it's not that we don't have the time. We just don't think about it because like Jared said, it's habit, but especially if you're eating whole food plant based plants. have cell walls. All right. So when you eat a plant and it has a cell wall, your body does not break that cell wall to get to the goodness that's inside that cell. And all those nutrients and wonderful things you need are inside the cell wall, something has got to bust it up.Jarrod:
It's like the cells are like little impenetrable capsules.Anita:
And so how are you going to break those up, if you're not chewing it, and you're spending all this time and you're figuring out how to eat whole food plant base, and now you've got it, now you're in a rhythm, and you're doing the right stuff, and you're feeling great about it. But maybe you're just not getting quite the results you need. It could be as simple as Are you chewing your food well enough, because if you're not, you can't get to the goodness that's inside. Alright, so really did the food in your mouth that you're about to swallow should be creamy, it should be like a creamy, smooth pudding. I mean, think about pudding, that's what it should be like. And I know it's kind of sounds gross and crazy. But once you get used to doing this, it really starts slowing you down and making you mindful even about your eating time. You know, we're in this fast paced society where everything's fast, you go from that in high school, or even in elementary school, now you're in a work schedule, and you're working for somebody, and so you've got X number of minutes to eat. And so you're still morning ranJarrod:
late, and you've got an afternoon meeting. And the thing that suffers is your lunchtime, and now you have literally five or 10 minutes to just inhale something.Anita:
And now we go home, and we just want to escape the day. So we sit in front of the TV with our family, or everybody's on their games at the table. And you don't you're not thinking about what you're eating. And before long, you look down and everything's gone off your plate or bowl, you don't even remember eating it. You know. And so when you do these types of things, just this one thing of chewing and noticing the consistency before you swallow it, it's going to slow you down to start noticing your time together, noticing other things that are going on around you and Jared and I are all about building intentionality into your day. Because each day you have to live is a treasure. And if you're not building the relationships with others, and you're all up into your phone, or into your laptop, or your soaps,Jarrod:
TV, on the wall,Anita:
whatever it is, or you know, and then you spend all this time and set yourself up for success to learn how to do these things. And now, like I said, maybe it's on autopilot. But you sit down and you're still on autopilot. Even if you're sitting at the dinner table, and you're talking quick and everything's made them fast. And before you know it dinner's over and you don't even really remember it very much you don't remember the male. And so take these times you've been given their blessings to enjoy the food you've been given. We have food to eat, what a blessing, we should always be thankful for that right? What about the people that are in our lives, our friends, our family, sit down and get to know each other over the meal? You know, all that can aid your digestion? Did you know just having relationship helps with your data?Jarrod:
Well, I was thinking too, that digestion even starts in the mouth. You may not realize this, but there are digestive enzymes in your saliva. And if you only chew twice, it never has a chance to really make sense. In the food. Yes,Anita:
that's a great point. It is. And so think about it's not just about the table. What if your Do you take time to go on a picnic? I don't have time to go on a picnic, I have time to pack a basket. Is there a park right down the road that you can walk to your, with your family spread out a blanket and everybody eat whatever you've brought together, take time to enjoy the food. But take time to enjoy the moments because eating is about so much more than just the food you're putting in your body. It's about the life you're building for yourself. That's the whole reason you want to eat the good food in the first place. I mean, I'll be the first to say it tastes great to live this way. It does. It tastes fantastic. And you can enjoy your food. Just like you've enjoyed the old stuff. Absolutely. You're gonna have joy finding this way. But there's also joy in the relationships and that's why you want to build a healthy life, right? So take time, slow down to enjoy the fade bust those cell walls, make it that creamy consistency. I don't know how many times you're gonna have to chew it. Honestly, it's so funny. Michael clapper, a plant based doctor, he said that you know you were given one of the best juicers that you could ever own and it's in your mouth and it's called your teeth, use them. And we agree wholeheartedly with that. Use your teeth and enjoy the use the time you've been given to build the relationships and the memories that you want to have. Slow down, enjoy the flavors, enjoy the special moments, all those things are going to help your digestion, all those things are going to help you get the nutrients from your food and everything is going to start looking brighter and better. I promise you if you just take these moments to be intentional Everything's gonna start to change. We can't wait to hear from you and hear how things are going in your life. Drop us an email atJarrod:
and we'll look forward to hearing from you and hanging out with you again on the next episode at Smarter Healthy iving.