That’s Katie with the salad tongs.

When I heard Katie Leadbetter, NC speak about clean eating at a meeting, I loved what she had to say and wanted her to be part of my new 5 Questions series. I know many of us struggle with eating clean but it’s one of the easiest ways to help our health along, especially if we’re battling a tough diagnosis. So here’s Katie:

1. What is the single most important change to eating that we can do for better health?

The number one change that I would recommend for better health is to avoid eating packaged foods. When we avoid packaged foods we have room in our budgets and in our diets for more whole, fresh, and minimally processed foods.

2. What are a few of the biggest misconceptions we have about nutrition?

The biggest misconception that we have around food is about fats – thinking that all fats are bad. Some fats certainly are unhealthy, but we need fat for optimal health. To incorporate more delicious and health fats into the diet, try adding half an avocado, a handful of nuts, or using grass-fed butter or grass-fed ghee instead of commercial butter. To learn more about healthy fats and how to incorporate them into your diet check out this video.

3. When people are battling a tough diagnosis, do their nutritional needs change and how?

Absolutely! Depending on the condition, the body will often be depleted of specific nutrients and it can be helpful to add those nutrients back in the form of foods or supplements. Again, depending on the condition, one may also need to adjust their macronutrient (fat, protein, and carbohydrate) levels to help the body recover and heal. When dealing with a tough diagnosis, I encourage folks to eat a whole food based diet, move regularly (especially walking), avoid environmental toxins (swap out cleaning products and skin care products and opt for filtered water), manage stress through meditation or other relaxation techniques, and focus on getting restorative sleep.

4. Do you have an easy favorite healthy recipe you could share?

Yes! Breakfast can be one of the most unhealthy meals of the day. I recommend that folks have a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat to start the day off right. Here is a link to my Breakfast Casserole Recipe.

5. What do you find is the biggest healthy eating challenge?

Time. In our modern world, we have such busy schedules that taking the time to menu plan, shop, meal prep, and cook meals for ourselves has become increasingly difficult, however they are also the steps to take to regain health and wellness. I recommend taking on just one “new” thing at a time. For example, rather than attempting that whole list of things, instead cook one additional meal at home each week. Slowly build up your stamina from there.

Katie is enthusiastic about helping people maintain health and vitality through whole-foods based nutrition, customized supplementation, and wellness coaching. Katie received her certificate of Nutrition Consultant through California state-certified Bauman College. She is also a Certified 21-Day Sugar Detox Coach and leads regular monthly detox groups. I’m sure she’d love to hear your thoughts about clean eating in the Comments, below.

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