5 FOODS YOU NEED TO EAT FOR IMMUNITY WITH ALEXANDRA CATALANO
So excited to announce that Alexandra is on the blog today! She was just on the podcast last week and with all of the craziness happening, it felt right to get her tips and tricks. I mean, we need an expert here to give us the lowdown on all things health.
Alexandra has a killer background in all things nutrition and is even a singer. SHE DOES IT ALL. I need to order her book: ‘From Beer Bongs to Broccoli: The College Kid's Guide To Health and Wellness’. I am ready for a new read. Without further adieu… let’s welcome the bubbly and educated Alexandra Catalano.
My name is Alexandra Catalano, I am a nutritionist, two time TEDx Speaker, author and creator of the popular lifestyle brand Eat Cute (@eatcute). I love creating healthy recipes for my clients or on shows such as The Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family as well as FOX Good Day LA, CW News, Elite Daily and The Lifetime Network. I have also written for publications such as Mindbodygreen, Oxygen Magazine, FOX News Magazine, Paleo Magazine and Brit +Co to name a few. I have a blog and virtual nutrition practice too!
I had no idea I was going to become a nutritionist. I went to college at USC to study to become an opera singer. It wasn’t until I developed poor nutrition and lifestyle habits that I became introduced to holistic nutrition. I was truly amazed by how powerful food could be and was forever changed!
I definitely took my time transitioning to this path, but once I did, I never looked back. I love what I do with all my heart and it truly never feels like work.
I struggled with an eating disorder for years. It wasn’t until I healed my relationship with food that I fell in love with my body and how food made me feel!
My best advice is to give value! It is so important to make sure you are providing useful information to your community. My boyfriend is definitely my mentor. He has helped me believe in myself and my message and provides ongoing support!
5 Foods Everyone Should Be Eating Now
1. Greens (whether cooked or raw). Research has found that your gut bacteria feeds on a sugar found in leafy green vegetables. This can help protect your gut and enhance your health!
♡ OLIVE OIL
2. Olive Oil is known for its incredible anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation is the precursor to disease so eating lots of anti-inflammatory is crucial! Just make sure it’s in a dark glass bottle and keep your olive oil away from light and heat.
♡ GINGER ROOT
3. Fresh Ginger Root is fantastic to put in soups, teas and smoothies. Ginger is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral and wonderful for improving digestion and relieving nausea.
4. Turmeric is one of my favorite spices to have on hand to boost immunity. I highly recommend adding it to a cup of warm nut milk with black pepper, cinnamon, cardamom and ginger to give your body the perfect anti-inflammatory beverage.
♡ APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
5. Apple Cider Vinegar. If you ever Google all the uses/health benefits of ACV you’d be amazed. Because it is rich in raw enzymes and potassium. It is fantastic to help support a healthy immune system and aid in digestion. Try adding it to salad dressings or add one tablespoon to a mug of hot water with lemon, ginger and honey!
To create balance, on occasions where you“treat” yourself to foods or beverages that deviate from your diet, use the following meals as opportunities to get back to your normal way of eating. When we indulge, lots of us decide that the whole day is ruined and eat poorly the rest of the day. Instead, have your treat ( and ENJOY IT) and then use the next meal to get back on track.
Make a list of specific goals and tackle only one at a time. For example, one goal might be to drink more water. Specifically write down how much water and find a way to track it. Until that goal becomes a habit, don’t move on to the next thing. The idea here is to create healthy habits that your body will crave.
While it’s no secret that eating organic can cost more, I think that ultimately you save money because the better foods you eat, the less money you’ll spend on medicine, doctors and beauty products.
Coaching Through Nutrition:
It really depends on what your goals are and how you learn. If you are someone who thrives off of one on one coaching and likes to have someone help keep you on track, then it can really help. Coaching typically ranges from $100- $300 a session.