Shannon Schafer, B.S., N.E. Certified Nutritionist
Shannon Schafer, BS, NE
Shannon is a certified Nutrition Educator and graduate of Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts in Berkeley, California. She works individually with clients to develop nutrition programs appropriate to their needs. Helping clients find a natural path to well-being and radiance is a strong passion of hers. After overcoming her own health issues by embracing a whole foods diet, she can relate to many client's concerns. Shannon specializes in digestive health, calming allergies, and building the immune system. She is dedicated to helping people look and feel their best!
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3 Simple Changes to a Healthier You!
Eating healthy can be confusing. There are so many controversial opinions today about what is healthy. So I wanted to make things simple! Here are five quick and easy tips to eating your way to a healthier you!!!
1. EAT MORE VEGETABLES AND FRUIT!
Try to center your meals around vegetables and then add in meat, dairy, or grains to enhance the meal. Vegetable and fruits, especially organic, have high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants that promote health and fight off disease. Vegetables and fruits also create an alkaline state in your body. Meats, dairy, and most grains form acidity in your body that can promote disease if they are not balanced with alkalining foods. To ensure health and maintain optimal pH balance, eat larger quantities of vegetable and fruits than acid forming foods.
2. Drink More Water!
Your body needs good clean hydration. Most people drink soda, coffee, and black tea which contain caffeine, are dehydrating, and full of sugar, depleting your body. Instead try to drink half your body weight in ounces in purified water. (Example: if you weight 120lbs, you should drink about 60oz of water a day).
If water seems boring to you, add a squeeze of lemon or lime. Chill a pitcher of water with cucumber slices or strawberries.
Herbal, caffeine free teas are a great choice too! They are a far superior choice over coffee when at Starbucks!
Fresh squeezed juices are an excellent way to hydrate. Avoid bottled juices with added sugar.
3. Read Food Labels
You will be surprised just how much is in your food once you start reading food labels! The more foreign ingredients (which names you can not pronounce), the more likely that it is bad for you. Stick to whole foods and minimize your amount of processed foods. When purchasing packaged, processed foods, read labels and avoid added sugar, preservatives, and food colorings. These toxic food additives are hard for your body to process and often are stored in fat cells, MAKING YOU FAT!!! A good rule of thumb: the less ingredients the better.