One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever gotten from my nutritionist friend was that I should not waste my money on nutritionists. Of course he was saying this as part of a larger point he was trying to make, but the reason he said this was because every specialist out there seems to have another take on what is good or not good to eat.
Even now, if you were to pick up three books on nutrition by three different writers you would see there is a lot of contradictory information. That is because what we believe very much influences what we eat. For example, a vegetarian nutritionist may talk your ear off about the advantages of not eating meat, while a non-vegetarian will talk about how important protein is and why you should eat more lean meat and less grain. And even if you were to look back in time, just a few decades ago people believed that fiber-rich foods like whole wheat and rice were bad for you and helped you grow fat.
The point is that it takes a lot of time to tune into something as complex as our diet and that is why I prefer to rely on Herbal traditions when choosing what to eat. Thousands of years ago India developed a thriving, advanced society, and their science leaned towards nature to find solutions for health problems they encountered. So instead of relying on chemical compounds their medicine, this program, called Ayurveda, focuses on the positive effects plants can have on health.
For that reason, instead of consulting a nutritionist, I chose to rely on Ayurvedic principles. There are, of course many plants that can have some extraordinary effects on the body and I still relish in discovering a new plant or a new effect a combination of plants might have. I also have a few classic recipes that I always use to keep my metabolism working like clockwork.
Almost every one of my friends uses coffee regularly to start their day, despite the fact that they know about its less pleasant side effects, such as reduced ability to focus and a higher blood pressure. So, for my part, whenever I need a quick pick-me-up, I like to drink a cup of green tea, particularly in the afternoon. Green tea is known for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties so it gives me everything a cup of tea should, only with far less side effects. What’s even better is that by drinking three cups of tea per day I can keep my metabolic rate burning faster and thus I can burn any excess fat and feel active and fresh the entire day.