Nutritional Density: Let me break it on down (Part 1)

In a previous post, I declared that I am going to lose 10 pounds of fat in 30 days by eating nutritionally dense foods and fun activities.  I told a very good friend about it and by her response, I discovered that she does not quite get the concept of eating for nutritional density, rather than being on a diet.  This made me wonder if there are lots more of you out there who are having trouble with this brilliant idea of eating nutrient dense food.  I’m going to fill you in on what it is, how to do it, and the super-fabulous effects.  I’ll do this in 3, 4, oh maybe 10 bite-sized entries.

So, what does nutritionally dense mean?  It is similar to nutritious, except that it does not stop at simply the amount of essential vitamins, minerals, and other complicated nutritional components.  Nutritional density takes into consideration the number of calories in the food in relation to the nutritional value.  Ideally, we would choose to eat an item that has a lower calorie count and full of vitamins and minerals over a higher calorie item with fewer vitamins and minerals.

There is a handy list of common foods that are nutritionally dense here.

There are unlimited numbers of creative ways to incorporate these foods into your diet.  Most people who are not health nuts or foodies prefer to slowly introduce these foods.  I found it particularly pleasing to incorporate sensuality into these food adventures.

Generally, berries are nutrient dense.  If you wind up with a batch of not super sweet berries, warm a little honey in a small glass bowl and dip them.  Ok, the bowl needn’t be glass, that’s just one of my crazified foodie obsessions (I promise to tell you about that later)  I know the sweet honey will ramp up the calories but remember, we’re easing into this.  Generally these foods are whole (close to thier natural state–minimally or  not processed), beautifully colorful, and inexpensive. More guidelines to come.

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