Founder of Eat Well Co, Alina Reyzelman believes food is more than just fuel to our body—it’s our medicine, and even a source of creativity. The Daily Quirk had the privilege of speaking with Reyzelman to learn more about her company that has inspired countless people to explore their eating habits and life style. Reyzelman also shared tips on healthy eating, detoxifying foods and how a person’s health and well-being are connected. Read on to find out more about Reyzelman and her healthy living tips!
Introducing Alina Reyzelman…
During Reyzelman’s international journeys, she taught herself the ins and outs of healthy eating, and eventfully created a guide to living and dining around the world. She founded Elite Club, Ltd. and Eat Well Co. to share her experiences and help others better understand how food can affect our mind and body at the same time. Her philosophy about food and lifestyle is both honest and unique. For Reyzelman, food is an experience—and for the people that struggle to have a healthy relationship with food—her ideas may feel quite refreshing.
Reyzelman’s journey towards a healthy lifestyle was not always an easy one. She admits that, like many people, she was unaware of the various ways food can impact our health.
Through my twenties I enjoyed my junk food and sugary drinks. One of the catalysts that pushed me to learn more about lifestyle change was the loss of a very dear family member to a brutal pancreatic cancer fight. When you loose someone you try and do everything to save them.”
This tragedy inspired Reyzelman to do extensive research about preventative techniques and tools that could prevent chronic diseases including cancer. Over time she found that exercises and stress management could have a significant effect on our well being both physically and mentally.
Reyzelman looks at health as a state of well-being. She says her health inspirations are joy, comfort and happiness.
Our health is in our hands because we create our own lifestyle. It includes what we eat, what physical activities we perform, and how we rest, behave, and communicate with others. Health improvements begin with changes in lifestyle.”
Benefits of Organic Produce vs. Conventional Produce
According to Reyzelman, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests organic foods contain more vitamins and minerals than conventional produce. According to Reyzelman, “Quality of food is important to health, and it’s vital to learn and educate others about potential dangers with exposure to pesticides, chemicals, and growth hormones.”
She explains there is a difference between conventional and organic products, and that difference is actually pretty significant.
Organic foods do not have a long shelf life. They spoil faster because they are not treated with preservatives. Organic produce often has odd shapes, varying colours, and smaller sizes, but it’s free of chemicals or hormones that could potentially be harmful.”
Reyzelman says the taste between the two is a huge debate, because some people may find organic food to taste better, while others may not even notice a difference.
What are the best ways to detox the body?
Many people consider trying different detox methods when they are trying to kick-start a new healthy lifestyle. Reyzelman offered TDQ readers some of her best tips for trying a detox.
The best way to clean your body is by fasting, boosting circulation of blood, and having the right nutrition. My philosophy on detox is very simple. You don’t have to starve, your don’t have to give up routine, all you have to do is avoid certain foods and drinks like meat, dairy produce, caffeine and alcohol.”
If you decide to go through with a detox, she recommends eating raw vegetables and fresh fruits. She also reminds readers that it’s important to manage stress through meditation, yoga, acupuncture, and to try to remain positive detox.
Ways to avoid making “healthy life-style” excuses
Reyzelman believes there are many connections between health and our lifestyle choices. She has the perspective that our health is in our own hands, and it should not be too difficult to stay in shape if you follow a few simple rules, “Healthy nutrition, exercise, stress management, and proper rest.”
She does understand that these rules may seem difficult due to a sedentary lifestyle, laziness and addiction to junk foods. Her three recommendations are, “Be aware of how much foods can impact your health, love and respect your body, and always remember that every time your are coming up with an excuse, it could backfire in the form of a chronic disease.”
Food and well-being are connected after all
It’s no surprise that stress is not good for our health, and Reyzelman reiterates this idea by explaining how Serotonin enhances our moods and makes us feel joy and peacefulness. She explains,
Normal levels of serotonin provide energy and help people to handle stress and regulate appetite. There are many links between what we eat and how we feel emotionally. High levels of serotonin can make you feel hyper and over-energized, which can create a feeling of being stressed. Caffeine and other stimulants, such as cigarettes and sugary, starchy foods with carbohydrates will increase serotonin levels, and a high intake of those foods will make it difficult to relax.”
Reyzelman explains that this is one of the reasons why it’s best to take those items in moderation. She says that for emotional well being, a diet should be rich in tryptophan and tyrosine, because they are large-chain amino acids that act as precursors to the neurotransmitter serotonin.
Trying out a new diet? Reyzelman offers some tips.
Reyzelman explains that on her personal journey to discovering benefits of healthy eating, she realized a well-balanced diet could be fun and sexy. She believes you can make a meal plan out of health foods you, personally, like. She explains,
Diet is the combination of specific nutrients and the selection of certain foods to control body weight or nutrient intake. Most people would like to look trim and stay healthy. Some diets will help you loose weight, but that doesn’t always mean they will keep you healthy.”
According to Reyzelman, diets that promote quick weight loss can sometimes be harmful to your health. When considering a healthy diet, she suggests eliminating possessed and refined foods, such as baked goods, frozen and canned vegetables, processed oils and meats like sausage and bacon.
Final tips for a healthy lifestyle
Start changing your lifestyle with learning more about the benefits of health eating. I love the documentaries: Forks over Knives, Fast Food Nation, Nation and HBO’s The Weight of the Nation.”
Allow Eat Well Co, and everything Alina and her vision stand for, to empower you to make changes in your life that lead to a healthier, and more fulfilling tomorrow.