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- Be skeptical about health fads and what doctors tells us
- Embrace real food, not processed food
- Your body knows the difference
- Cook once and use that base-meal several times to make nutritional eating easier
- Sunrise beats screen-rise
- Our bodies need sun exposure in the morning, not a phone check
- Morning sun time is critical – it sets our circadian rhythm and revs up our mitochondria
- Move more!
- Hilda Labrada Gore (AKA Holistic Hilda) (IG: @holistichilda and T: @holistichilda) is a health coach and DC chapter leader for the Westin A Price Foundation. She is normally the host and producer of the Wise Traditions podcast but appears in this episode as a guest celebrating the show’s two millionth download.
Holistic Hilda’s Top Tips
1. Educate Yourself
- Be skeptical – don’t take every piece of nutrition advice you hear at face value
- Look for the money trail
- Ask yourself – “Are they telling me this because they genuinely want to improve my healthy or because they have a special product they want me to buy?”
- Trust your intuition
- Pay attention to how your body reacts to certain foods
- Always look for the most natural choices
- i.e. Make your own granola
2. Embrace Real Foods and Eliminate Processed Foods From Your Diet
- “Even if the package says ‘natural flavoring and colorings,’ these can be concocted in a factory and our body doesn’t know what to do with them”
- These flavorings and preservatives can poke holes in your gut leading to leaky gut
- Consider meal prepping with foods that make it easier to eat healthier during the week
- The goal is to cook less often but cook enough quantity so you have a meal-base that lasts for several nights
- Don’t over complicate meals – “Simplicity is gourmet”
- If you have a good cut of meat or farm fresh eggs, you don’t need to do a lot
- Fresh ingredients make flavorful dishes
3. Get More Sun Exposure
- The sun energizes the mitochondria in our cells (the little engines that keep our body functioning properly)
- Hilda eats her meals outside to get more sun exposure and vitamin D
- Early morning sun exposure (in the first 30-45 minutes after you wake up) is ideal for circadian rhythm
- Sunrise beats screen-rise!
- Humans needs sun in the morning – not their smartphones
- Hilda adds – “I used to be a night owl. Now I go to bed earlier. My sleep is more efficient and more profound.”
- Move more! – Our bodies were meant to
- We fuel our bodies for a purpose – to move, not to sit inside all day
- “Part of life is playing and enjoying and moving”
5. And most importantly….
- If the listener could do to one thing to improve their health, what should they do?
- Hilda recommends exploring the spiritual facet life
- “We are comprised of mind, body, and spirit – there’s much more to us than meets the eye.”
- On the importance of a spiritual practice:
- “You can do everything to make your body strong but if your spirit is flagging, you’re going to miss most of the joy that’s out there.”
- Don’t get overwhelmed!
- To start, just pick one of the five recommendations mentioned here to apply to your life
- Slow change offers lasting change