Advances in nutritional science increasingly reveal the importance of including whole foods (foods that have been processed and refined as little as possible) in our diets because of the way the nutrients in these foods work together to promote good health, and because they’re what our bodies need to be able to function optimally.
Often, though, these are the very nutrients that are stripped out of many of the foods we eat regularly, only to be replaced by artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated vegetable oils (oils that have been chemically altered) and nasties such as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Amazingly, our bodies are able to tolerate these processed foods with very little complaint – up to a point. We now know that many of these synthetic ingredients trigger an inflammatory response in the body, which, over time, makes us more susceptible to chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, digestive disorders such as Crohn’s and even Alzheimer’s.
But there is good news. It’s a sad fact that the modern Western diet is typically high in processed foods, but just a few small changes really add up and quickly become a habit. It’s possible to dramatically improve your health by upping the amount of nutrient-rich foods in your diet – veggies, whole fruit, wholegrains and pulses will help with weight control, to boost energy levels and banish mystery aches and pains for good.
A good diet is the foundation of a healthy, happy life. It protects both mind and body from the stresses of modern living, and provides the energy we need to do the things we love. And as we become increasingly aware of our eating habits and learn more about which foods are good or bad for us, we see increasingly healthy options available in local stores and businesses.
Modern intensive agricultural practices have led to the reduction of many minerals and vitamins in the food we eat, as overworked soil becomes depleted of essential nutrients. Conversely, organic food is as nature intended – beautifully fresh, and produced using environmentally and animal-friendly farming methods.
All the food we offer on our Wellness programmes at Bryn Tanat is produced locally, including grass-fed organic meat and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Our chefs are fully in tune with the principles of healthy eating – Beth Patrick, one of our fabulous team, lives on a small holding and produces outdoor-reared pork, free-range eggs and fresh fruit and vegetables to nourish the health of her own family.
Eating a wide range of fresh, organic, whole foods is one of the best things you can do for your health – it’s packed with everything you need and nothing that you don’t. Your skin will glow, your body will find its natural ‘happy’ weight and you’ll feel full of energy. And you’ll know that everything on your plate is as nature intended.