Allison Nichols is a Board Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Counselor and owner of Frisky Lemon Nutrition. She specializes in working with chronically unsuccessful dieters to transition to a whole food diet or Paleo Lifestyle in order to free themselves from their preoccupations with food so that they can lose weight and build a balanced, healthy lifestyle without feeling deprived.
Make sure you make conscious decisions when you're eating food that you've been craving for, rather than just gulping. Check how you're body is responding to junk food by noticing any change in digestion or energy levels. Maintain a journal to see how your body is reacting to what kind of food and include proportional amounts of organic food to your diet.
Try chewable fermented foods like Bubbies Raw Sauerkraut. Raw sauerkraut is lactofermented cabbage and tastes less vinegary than the non-lacto-fermented sauerkraut. Kombucha paired with fruit juices taste great. You can ferment any veggies and use them as salads or side dishes. Try different flavors of fermented foods to see which one you like best.
The perimeter is where you’ll find the fresh foods like produce, seafood, meat and eggs. Read labels- look for hidden sugars and chemicals. Buy organic produce. If you can't find grass-fed meat, choose lean cuts. Have meats that are antibiotic and growth hormone free. Go prepared with a grocery list as you're less likely to pick up those tempting junk food.
The balance of the rest of your body is highly influenced by your digestive function. 70% of your immune system is located in and around your gut– your digestive tract is the main barrier between the outside world and your blood stream. There are multiple organ systems that play an important role in your digestion including your liver, pancreas, gallbladder and your brain. Imbalances in your digestion can indicate imbalances in the function of those organs, which can mean imbalances in hormones, which can mean imbalances in other organs…it’s a holistic system that’s all closely connected.