Meet, Summer Maid, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in Fort Collins, Colorado! Summer’s passion for nutrition came well before her nutrition career when she realized she had to take a hard look at how her food choices were affecting her overall well being. She combines her expertise and passion in a private nutrition practice that focuses on the connection between nutrition and body, mind, and lifestyle. In addition, Summer is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner from Nutritional Therapy Association, a certified GAPS Practitioner, and has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Neuroscience from Loyola University Chicago.
Let’s embrace a healthy relationship with food! Food decisions and relationships can often be confusing, scary, and convoluted because we are inundated with information and fads that are constantly changing.
I believe the most impactful information comes from slowing down and listening to our bodies’ needs. When we stop to enjoy food, prepare food, choose nutrient-dense food and listen to the messages from our bodies, our relationship with food becomes both empowering and healing.
Simple practices for a healthy relationship with your body:
1) Increase water. An easy rule is to drink half your body weight in ounces. For most example, if you weigh 140 pounds you’d want to drink at least 70 ounces per day.
2) Commit to eating a breakfast each day that has vegetables, protein, and fat. An easy and nutrient dense breakfast is making a shake that gets all your nutrient needs: add frozen berries, fresh leafy greens, a protein powder (try Kuli Kuli’s Moringa Greens and Protein), nut butter/nuts and seeds and milk or yogurt.
3) Increase vegetables. Aim for 6 or more servings a day with at least one serving of green leaves. A great way to incorporate this is with Kuli Kuli’s multitude of high-quality Moringa products.
4) Prioritize sleep. Try to get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.
5) Create a balance between stress and relaxation. Take time for yourself and slow down.
These are often easy (and easily forgotten) practices that can create powerful results. If doing all of these goals at once seems like too much, commit to one of the above for a week and then add the next goal. You will be surprised by how well your body responds!