Where to Start with Nutrition?

How do you know where to begin on your journey to eating healthier? What’s the best thing to introduce first, and the best choices to eliminate right away? Are you confused by all the information you’ve heard and have no idea where to go from here?

Start right HERE
Right where you are in the present moment with your common sense and your bodies’ innate knowing of what’s best for YOU. I believe that we all need to figure things out for ourselves by experimenting with foods and exploring new ways of living. You may want to sort and sift through a variety of health-oriented books (contact me if you’d like some recommendations) and expert opinions, but I’d steer clear from latching on and becoming rigid in your ways. Remain flexible and allow yourself and your eating habits the option to change, evolve and grow (which inevitably happens especially when you embrace conscious food + a conscious lifestyle).

Let Intuition Guide You
If you continue to follow what someone else says and disregard the underlying brilliance and ability of your own body, then it’s likely you won’t stick with the raw food and plant-based journey for the long haul because you’ll lose touch with your intuition. Not only that, but remember – no one knows your body better than you. Listen closely to the advice you hear, play & experiment to find what works best for you, and release the need to FIND THE ANSWER. The answer is within, and you’ve had it all along. I’m here to remind you as most of us have gotten pretty far off track with regard to how we treat our bodies.

Start with a REASON.
Why are you choosing to make different choices in regard to the way you eat? For me, the shift began over 8 years ago after feeling so out of control for someone else’s health, that I felt I had absolutely no choice but to do something for my own. It’s been a slow, gradual process, although some things did happen overnight and much quicker than I anticipated. I didn’t follow any one ‘expert’ opinion of what I should do, I just heard one of them say, DO WHAT MAKES SENSE TO YOU. I heard this again in the 2008 Rawkathon and typed that note into my phone so that I would read it often. I say this to as many people as humanly possible when they ask me ‘Where do I even begin?’

No one ever told me about how toxic calcium supplements were, I just somehow knew that I shouldn’t take them. It didn’t make sense to me. What did make sense to me was making a medicinal loose leaf tea several times per week of nettles, alfalfa, horsetail, oatstraw, noni and red clover blossoms (even though I had never done this before & just heard about it). Come to find out through David Wolfe (his philosophy makes absolute sense to me), these herbs are exceptionally high in silica which changes to calcium in the body, and therefore helps to build bone – just for starters. I gravitated toward making medicinal teas and the superfood and herbal extract powders, innately knowing that plants must be exceptionally high in the calcium, iron, magnesium, and other critical minerals (they are thriving & surviving in our world w/ out any supplements!). No pills are necessary to meet my daily needs. I get it all from Superfoods and Superherbs.

Do the changes you’re making resonate so deeply with you that no one else’s opinion matters?
That’s how I know I’ve made the right choice for me. When I feel so strong and confident in something I’m doing or eating, and it’s irrelevant what he/she is doing, then I know I’m on the ‘right’ path. Personally, I don’t believe there is a wrong path – just trials (which are not considered failures) that really are your greatest lessons. I could list off dozens of foods that are superior to others and foods that you should definitely be eating to experience a level of health that is unknown by too many, but it’s not necessarily the same for everyone and this is YOUR ride.

Just start somewhere. Think Super Nutrition: Superfoods, Superherbs, Raw, Living and Wild Foods, Fresh Vegetable Juice (not pasteurized juices in a plastic bottle!), Homemade Smoothies, Enzymes-rich (uncooked) and Nutrient-dense (unrefined and unprocessed) FOOD. Add this all in… and the rest will fall into place. Keep asking yourself, Does this make sense to ME? When it does, and when your body starts feeling really good – you’ll know you’re on to something amazing!

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About Bethanne Wanamaker

Bethanne Wanamaker is a certified holistic nutritionist, conscious living expert, and the founder of Edible Goddess, an international health & lifestyle brand that cares deeply about your empowerment. She teaches progressive strategies that awaken you to your highest potential by following the body's inherent wisdom and aligning with an intentional mindset, holistic approach, self nourishing practices, and high self value. Bethanne advocates gradual yet significant shifts of upgraded dietary choices that ultimately lead you to the freedom and confidence of eating intuitively. By living in harmony with nature, you can have what you want. She is known for getting results quickly with committed clients who want to live a wildly rewarding, super fun, truly healthy and happy life!