UPDATED: What's the real key to more vibrant health and a fitter body?
Though there's no 'once size fits all' approach, creating optimum health comes down to what you eat, how you breathe and—ahhhhhhh—taking time to properly stretch, says Brigitte M. Britton, H.N., a holistic nutritionist, organic gourmet chef and author of The Mega Way.
But there is no getting around it—what you eat is the cornerstone to more vibrant health, says Britton. "It's human nature to look for the quick fix, and unfortunately there's more emphasis in society on weight loss than health."
We asked Britton to elaborate on her unique approach to health and well-being. Here are some excerpts from that interview:
How do you really know if what you're eating is helping or hurting your health?
Food is supposed to energize you, not sedate you. If a meal sedates you, you're eating the wrong foods. If you're eating right you should feel great after a meal. Think of it this way: you put fuel in your car to keep it running, not to shut it down. Your body is the same.
What are five foods that we must include in our diets to stay fit, lean and feeling good?
First, let me mention two things that are essential for better health—fiber and water. Fiber helps your body achieve overall balance; it eliminates toxins and wastes in your body, helps eliminate cravings for bad foods and gives you more energy. It even helps your body burn fat! And without enough water, your body can't flush away toxins. Water is essential.