Your Path To Vitality And Great Health…Are you eating life-giving foods?

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jodi_briden_as11_sqBy: Jodi Briden, CHHC, AADP

You have likely heard the phrase “You are What You Eat,” but what does it really mean?

Anytime we eat or drink, our body works to digest and absorb the nutrients of our food, ultimately with the intention of providing us with the essential ingredients for energy, vitality, and good health.

Unfortunately, many of the choices available to us today do not promote good health.  Much of the foods found in grocery stores are filled with additives, preservatives, toxins, and chemicals in order to provide a longer shelf life (for the food, not us).  However, whole natural, life-giving foods will provide us with the nourishment we need to sustain long-term good health.

What are whole, natural, life-giving foods?

These are foods that are edible in their original state.  They can be eaten with minimal or no preparation and usually can be eaten raw.

So what might be a long-term sustainable way to ensure the foods you are eating, are providing the nutrients you need to be healthy?  Taking an “80/20” approach to food can provide a good health sustaining balance without feeling as if you are depriving yourself of the food you love.  The 80/20 approach means eating whole, natural, life-giving foods 80% of the time, allowing for the occasional indulgence.

Whole, natural foods include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts/seeds, and water.  They are not only nutrient dense, but also support the body in cleansing and detoxifying, as well as being naturally anti-inflammatory.

‘Eating a rainbow’ of vegetables and fruits every day, at every meal, with an emphasis on dark leafy greens, your diet will be filled with an abundance of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, fiber, and variety to keep you healthy and feeling good.  Fruits and vegetables are one of the most critical foods for maintaining good health.  Grains are also an important element of a healthy diet.  All grains when harvested are whole grains, meaning they have all of their original parts (germ, bran and endosperm).  Most packaged foods are often processed, stripped of their full nutritional benefits and are no longer a whole grain.  Some of the most common and readily available whole grains that are brown rice, millet, amaranth, barley, quinoa, oats, spelt, wheat, and rye.  These foods are some of the best sources of fiber and do not cause a blood sugar spike or drop like many processed and refined carbohydrates.

Nuts and seeds along with whole natural, healthy food choices, are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fat and provide some of the best plant sources of protein.  There are many varieties to choose from including: almonds, walnuts, coconut, cashews, pistachios, pine nuts, and brazil nuts.  Eating these raw and unsalted ensures you are receiving the greatest benefit.

Drinking water is one of the most critical sources of nourishment our bodies need to fully function.  Hydrating with other liquids does not provide the same kind of benefit.  By regularly replenishing the water in our body, especially when we first wake up, we are providing one of the most crucial elements for maintaining and restoring good health.

Consistently eating a diet of primarily whole natural foods, will leave you feeling good and being well.  If you have a chronic health condition, eating such a diet can help support the body’s natural ability to heal. The ancient words of Hippocrates: “Let medicine be thy food, and food be thy medicine,” still applies today.

Be sure to read next issue’s article from Your Wellness Partner for the primary ingredient to ensure your life of vitality and great health.


“Working with Jodi to choose the right foods for me and my lifestyle not only made me feel better physically, it had a positive impact on my mood and concentration levels and the new practices helped me to significantly reduce my stress.” ~ MS, Philadelphia, PA

“Jodi has genuinely helped change my thinking and behavior surrounding food, health and wellness, not only for myself but my family as well.  She has been instrumental in encouraging me to set goals and ultimately achieve them.” ~ AL, Ellicott City, MD

Jodi Briden, owner of Your Wellness Partner, and a Certified Holistic Health Coach, provides customized holistic wellness programs for individuals and groups; coaching, supporting, and guiding clients to regain their health, heal chronic conditions & autoimmune diseases, and live a life of wellness, naturally.