Monday, March 21, 2011

Did you forget how to eat? Random thoughts.

If you answered "No" to the above question, I'd hate to be the bearer of bad news. (I will break the myth anyhow.) The answer is probably "YES". Remember in your early years.. the teens? The early twenties? Those were the years you could practically skate by on a poor diet. Your metabolism was faster. Your activity level was most likely higher. Fast food was easy. Slow food was a term that hadn't been coined yet.

There are just four random tips I want to pass along:

(Don't want to overwhelm you.)

1) Eat a diet of whole foods.  Rather than fall back on the ‘easy’ snack - convenience foods of today. What is WHOLE FOOD? Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed, unrefined, and modified as little as possible. Whole foods typically do NOT contain added ingredients. Examples of whole foods include fruits, vegetables, nuts, organic meats and organic (and even raw) dairy.  What is NOT a whole food? Crackers, chips, cereals, or frankly, anything in a BOX  (think macaroni and cheese). If it is in a box, it is NOT food.

2) Eat PLENTY of fruits and vegetables. The phytonutrients that come from a diet rich in vegetables and fruits have been shown to decrease blood pressure, as well as protect against cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. How many servings do YOU eat per day?

3) Don't be afraid of healthy fat! The first is to choose healthy fats over the unhealthy, saturated fats, when considering fat intake. Examples of healthy fats would be plant fats that have not been ‘hydrogenated’.  Plant fats, essentially. Plant fats would include nuts, avocados, and olives.  Raw nuts.. Not the nuts soaked in oil. (Insert gagging face here.)

4) STOP the sugar!  Refined sugar. Sugar can suppress the immune system. Sugar can upset the body's mineral balance. Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, depression, concentration problems and a rise in triglycerides. It is the number ONE contributor to weight gain and obesity. Really! Need I say more?

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