Eating healthy doesn’t need to be complicated. The Internet and Social Media are both convoluted with nutrition and lifestyle advice. It’s tough for the average person to sort through the plethora of information and determine what tips and tricks are right for them.
The best policy is to remember KISS – “Keep It Simple Silly”.
Avoid complicated advice, avoid talk about studies, and stick to realistic information.
What Does Eating Healthy Look Like
Eat Whole Foods
Avoid anything that’s packaged. Don’t worry about learning nutrition labels; simply stop purchasing items that require one. Whole foods are those that are closest to their natural form and include: fresh organic fruits and vegetables, free range grass fed meats, wild fish/seafood, organic dairy products, organic ancient forms of whole grains (avoiding the gluten containing grains if you so desire), and organic raw nuts and seeds.
Finding and purchasing whole foods is simple. The best place to start is your local farmer’s market. Local foods are fresher, contain more nutrition, and taste better. While you’re at the market ask to speak with the farmer that grew the food. Ask questions about pesticide and herbicide use, how are the animals raised, what are the animals fed, what is life like on the farm, and any other question that suites your fancy. Establishing a relationship with your farmer is integral to finding good quality foods that will nourish the body.
If you don’t have access to a farmer’s market, avoid shopping in the aisles of your grocery store. Instead, stick to the outside where you find the produce, dairy, and meat sections. Try to purchase organic, non-GMO (genetically modified organism) foods if at all possible. If your budget is small, use the Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen guide provided by EWG.org to determine the best foods to purchase organic. (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/)
Learn to Cook Simple Recipes
For many of us cooking is opening a box and tossing a pizza in the oven. Yes this method is easy and fast, suiting our chaotic lifestyles, but it’s not a healthy way to eat. Cooking should be an integral part of every household. Involve the entire family, make it fun, and use it as an excuse to get to know each other.
Cooking doesn’t need to be complicated. Avoid recipes with more than five ingredients and long preparation times. Also avoid recipes with exotic ingredients. Instead opt for simple ingredients (like the brussel sprouts) that are easier to find and cheaper. Also learn the basics of cooking first like: how to cook grains, steam vegetables, bake meats and fish, and toss a salad.
Take advantage of your fresh summer harvest; it’s cheaper to cook with things that are in season. These basic skills will help you cook without using a recipe or help you modify a recipe for what is in your cupboards.
Take advantage of the Internet and YouTube to find recipes and cooking advice; we have an advantage in the modern world as we can learn any skill with a click of a mouse.
Finally, preparation is key to sticking with a healthy eating plan. There will be days when you’re tired and don’t feel like cooking – prepare yourself for these days by having pre-cooked frozen meals on hand. This simply involves doubling your recipe one night a week and freezing the second meal. Also have healthy snacks prepared so you aren’t tempted to turn to the unhealthy options when you are hungry.
What does eating healthy look like for you?
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