National Nutrition Month – Healthy Eating Made Simple!March 16, 2017
HEALTHY EATING MADE SIMPLE – NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH
Does it seem like every time you turn on TV or read something about nutrition you get conflicting information? Do you ever feel like whatever you eat or drink is going to be eventually identified as “bad” for you? Sometimes, trying to make healthy food choices can feel like a no-win game – which can be very frustrating!
DO YOU KNOW WHAT ARE YOU EATING?
Too many Americans live on the SAD diet to the detriment of their health. An unflattering acronym for the Standard American Diet, the SAD diet is not a healthy diet, by any means. Comprised mostly of highly processed junk foods, fast food meals, added sugars, salt and fat, it is the type of diet that enables lifestyle diseases to manifest.
Because our bodies need actual nutrients to function properly, it is vital to fuel up on real foods. Due to the food industry intentionally working to confuse consumers, people often think they are making healthy food choices when, in fact, they are not. So, what to do? How can you make healthy food choices without becoming a nutritionist? Eating healthy foods is much easier than the experts would have you think. By using your common sense and these tips below, you will be on your way to making informed decisions about the foods you prepare for your family.
10 TIPS TO HEALTHY EATING
- Shop the perimeter of the store. The unhealthy processed foods are located largely on the interior aisles, where you can easily avoid them!
- Eat a mostly plant-based diet. Consuming lots of fruits and veggies will provide the fiber and nutrients your body needs to function properly.
- Choose organic produce versus non-organic/GMO produce. It is worth the extra cost to avoid the pesticides that are used in conventional farming. Also, organic produce is of significantly higher quality and is better tasting!
- Eat several servings of dark leafy greens (like kale, spinach, swiss chard, etc.) each week. These foods are chock full of the vitamins your body needs and craves.
- Real, whole foods don’t have ingredients. You can rest assured that any food that has added ingredients has been processed in some manner.
- Prepare your meals from scratch. A pre-packaged meal that you add a couple of ingredients to does not count as cooking, because it is still processed chemical-laden food.
- Read labels. Any ingredient that your mother or grandmother would not recognize as food is a clear indication of processing and chemicalization of the food.
- Eliminate all foods with added sugar or artificial sugars. Added sugars don’t increase the nutritional value and seriously interrupt your metabolism.
- Add legumes and other fibers to your diet. The added fiber in legumes and beans will keep you full for several hours after eating.
- Learn to make smoothies and prepare a tasty meal loaded with nutrition. Invest in a good quality smoothie maker/blender (like a NutriBullet or Ninja) that is easy to clean and begin enjoying smoothies on a regular basis!
By employing these simple tips you will soon feel empowered to make healthy food choices and take control of your health. As an added benefit, as you begin to eat more real foods, you will most likely notice that you feel better and have more energy! Eating healthy, whole foods is a win-win for you and your body!