Though it is almost the end of summer—insert crying emoji here—we believe it’s never too late to start a health kick, and what better time to do so than mid-August? August is a great month to hit the reset button, before the inevitable craziness of September hits.
A few months back, Laura Miller of Raw. Vegan. Not Gross. gave us the ultimate top to bottom guide to the raw diet, which included tips and tricks for those who want to be more health conscious but aren’t necessarily ready to commit to a fully raw lifestyle. From eating fermented foods, to ensuring you stay hydrated, below are Laura’s top four tips for maintaining a healthy body. Because who doesn’t want glowing skin, a strong immune system and consistent weight? No, these tips aren’t just for the raw foodies of the world; they’re for everyone!
1. Fermented Veggies: I don’t care if it’s sauerkraut, kimchi, or pickled radishes—just get ‘em in there! Besides being delicious, fermented vegetables help regulate your digestion, boost immunity, and even help your body absorb the nutrients in the other foods you’re eating. We’re not talking about the vinegar pickles that sit on the supermarket shelf for months here—we’re talking about fermented vegetables that are full of living, good-for-you, probiotic bacteria. I’ve also noticed myself and heard anecdotally from others that once you start eating fermented veggies every day, your cravings for refined sugars really settle down!
2. Healthy Fats: It breaks my heart whenever I see people avoiding healthy fats! There’s a portion of raw foodists who believe in eating mostly fruit and hardly any fat, but I can say from experience that my body needs plant-based fats like nuts and avocado to thrive. These fats feed your brain, prime your body to absorb nutrients, and keep you feeling satiated so that the stale cookies in the office kitchen don’t look quite so irresistible.
3. Dark Leafy Greens: There’s no denying that dark leafy greens like kale, chard, spinach, and arugula are some of the healthiest and most nutrient-dense foods you can get in your body. They’re chock full of iron, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and even protein. I even eat rainbow chard for breakfast: a leaf rolled up around peanut butter and banana is super easy and mysteriously satisfying!
4. Hydration: This is key. Most of us are dehydrated much of the time, which leads to feeling tired, hungry, and anxious. In order to trick myself into drinking more water, I like to put bonus secret ingredients in my water bottle. I know that if I’m getting an extra nutrition boost and keeping the flavors interesting, I’m much more likely to chug the water I need!