I spend a great deal of time educating myself about how nutrition affects the human body. I am a huge advocate of intuitive eating and I do not believe diets work in the slightest. If you listen to your body (eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full), feed your body with fuel that makes you feel good & focus less on the aesthetics of your body and see it as a precious machine. The better you fuel yourself, the better you will perform and feel on the daily basis.
One of my favourite magazines, Women’s Health, posted an article I find particularly interesting called 5 Physical Signs Your Eating Habits Need to Change.
From mood swings to hair loss, the article highlights how certain tweaks to your diet could improve physical symptoms you are experiencing.
A few years ago I visited my family doctor complaining that I felt exhausted all the time and has a difficult time concentrating because of it. After a thorough blood test, she explained to me that my iron was low and suggested I integrate iron supplements into my routine. Unfortunately the pills did not agree with my system: they made me incredibly nauseous.
So, I took the situation into my own hands and made a list of the foods with the highest iron content that I committed to eating everyday. Anyway I could, I would add these into my meals.
It is fascinating how a small change in my diet had a miraculous difference in my energy levels. Without having to take an iron supplement, I rely on my foods to do the work. I feel better than ever.
For anyone who is looking to add more iron into their diet, here is a list of high iron-rich foods:
Physical Signs Your Eating Habits Need to Change