Surprising foods you’ll find in a Naturopaths Diet

A Naturopaths Diet –  5 Surprising Foods Naturopaths Eat

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Diet information can be very confusing, trends and fads in what we should and shouldn’t be eating come and go, but the below list of foods that are always apart of Olivia Kennedy’s – (Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist) diet.

  1. Chocolate… dark only!
  • Cacao is one of the highest sources of antioxidants in the world, which protects against many chronic diseases.
  • Boosts mood by releasing feel-good hormones.
  • Nutrient dense containing B vitamins, calcium, sulphur, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and copper.
  1. Fats e.g. coconut, avocado, olives, nuts, seeds, oily fish, and extra virgin, cold-pressed oils in dark bottles. (Not margarine because it is a trans-fat.  Not refined oils because heat damages oil and heat is used for oil extraction.  And not oils in clear bottles because light damages fats and they become rancid).
  • Required for absorption of vitamins A, D, E and K, which all play important roles in the body.
  • Satiating and stabilises blood sugar, therefore, reduces appetite and sugar cravings.
  • Essential for healthy skin, hair and nails.
  1. Full fat dairy – preferably unpasteurised (raw) and unhomogenised.
  • Vitamins A, D, E and K are only present if there is fat in milk, i.e. no fat = no fat soluble vitamins.
  • Less processed than low fat. More processing = less nutrients.
  • The way nature intended. Fat is there for a reason.
  1. Red meat – preferably grass fed.
  • Rich in iron, zinc, selenium and B vitamins, which are all important for the body.
  • Consumption of animal protein is associated with increased muscle mass, which has positive effects on metabolism, preventing chronic diseases and antiaging.
  • Arguably more nutritious than chicken.
  1. Eggs
  • Over 11 essential vitamins and minerals, which are required for the body to function.
  • Satiating and appetite reducing.
  • Eating cholesterol-rich foods does not increase cholesterol in the body because the liver makes 80% of the body’s cholesterol. The main contributors of high cholesterol are refined sugar, processed carbohydrates, trans-fats, antioxidant deficiency, lack of physical activity, and liver loaders (e.g. alcohol, caffeine and poor diet)… not cholesterol or saturated fat!

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Olivia Kennedy