A Nutrient Dense or Nutrient Rich Eating Style: A Working Definition

 A Whole Foods, Plant-Based, Nutrient Rich eating style AKA Nutrient Dense diet.

  • A Nutrient Rich eating style, based on The 3 Classes of Foods and eating up to 90% or More Plant-Based, Nutrient Rich foods.
  • A Nutrient Rich eating style is also guided by the Nutritarian Food Pyramid created by Joel Fuhrman M.D., the leader in high nutrient density nutritional research and education.
  • A Nutrient Rich eating style  includes raw and cooked foods with a smaller percentage of cooked foods, but can be raw or high-raw if you want it to be. Some foods can increase in nutritional value when cooked conservatively and substantial nutrients are neither lost or destroyed. (Example: Soups)
  • A Nutrient Rich eating style  can include small amounts of animal products – ideally wild, grass fed or farm-raised – if you eat them. Many people feel better eating small amounts of animal products in their diet for a variety of reasons, although this is not essential for healthy eating.
  • A Nutrient Rich eating style can include processed foods where the nutrient value and integrity are maintained. (Example: smoothies, hummus and chopped salads…)
  • A Nutrient Rich eating style eliminates and/or limits refined foods where the nutrients are stripped out and pleasure stimulating chemicals are either left in or added which can cause addiction, over consumption and rapid increase of insulin levels and disease potential.
  • A Nutrient Rich eating style  is able to creatively duplicate the same pleasing effects of traditional junk food without the harmful result of overly refined products. You can actually have your cake and eat it too; although this is technically not “natural” even if made from whole natural, nutrient dense foods that are processed and the nutrient value and integrity are maintained.
  • A Nutrient Rich eating style  can be customized to the individual based on their genetic predisposition, blood tests, and prior conditions with the help of a qualified health care practitioner. Environment, present situation, preferences and goals also play a big role. Supplementation may be essential, even though you are eating a nutrient-rich diet.
  • A Nutrient Rich eating style is a lifestyle decision that works with your body’s natural systems.
  • A Nutrient Rich eating style  is the cornerstone of a successful lifestyle that is health promoting.

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