Greetings, fellow seekers of holistic well-being! Today, we embark on a journey into the heart of nutrition, exploring a concept that aligns seamlessly with the Indigo Jedi vision of balanced and mindful living—the Nutritional Density Index. Join us as we unravel the importance of nourishing our bodies not just with calories but with the vibrant essence of whole foods.
1. Beyond Calories:
The Nutritional Density Index takes us beyond the simple counting of calories. It invites us to consider the density of important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients per calorie in the food you consume. This is how Dr Fuhrman came up with the concept by using the equation [Health] = [Nutrients] divided by [Calories].
2. The Spectrum of Nutrition:
Foods vary in their nutritional density. While most diets today are calorie rich, they lack important nutrients. The body is left nutrient deficient even though it has enough calories. It is important to be aware of the range of important nutrients and minerals the body requires for optimum function.
3. Balancing Act:
Holistic well-being is about balance. We delve into the importance of balancing macronutrients and micronutrients to support overall health and vitality. Macronutrients are broadly: Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats, Fibre and Water. Micronutrients are: Essential minerals, Vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients etc.
4. Mindful Eating:
Be aware of the nutrient requirements of your body. Eat to nourish your body with foods rich in the essential nutrients it needs. Calories, while also important, are secondary to nutritial density of foods.
5. Holistic Wellness:
Use the above chart to calculate the nutritional value of your food consumption. Holistic wellness is achieved through eating foods that align with your body's requirements at the cellular level. Give your body the tools it needs i.e. the nutrients required for its work. The body will do the rest.