Wednesday, June 9, 2010

What's your Food Lifestyle?

Hi all!
It's been about a month since I've been here and looking to catch up on everything this summer.  I have videos to edit, a review of the book, Delivering Happiness to put up, and recipes to share, but for now, I wanted to share with you 10 points I put together to help folks get the ball rolling on how to make some positive changes in your food lifestyle.  Yes I said "Food Lifestyle",  it's what folks will and will not settle for when it comes to the food in their life.  Just like some folks must have only designer jeans, I must have farm fresh or organic foods.  I steer clear of ingredients like red dye #4 and high fructose corn syrup.  A lot of people take the time to find the right dress or shoes but when it comes to the right foods, they sell themselves short.  In in the long run it's your health that suffers and it won't really matter who made the jeans when you don't feel well enough to wear them.  So here is a list of things to jump start a positive Food Lifestyle!

  1. Watch the high fructose corn syrup, not an easily digestible form of sugar, sticks with you longer, harder for your body to break down. 
  2. Try fresh veggies if you have time.  Not a microwave fan.  Zaps most nutrient value from food.  I did a video on steeping greens.  You can do that with any veggie.  Water in the pot with salt and red pepper let it boil, throw the veggie in and cover for about 3 to 5 minutes.  Greens take the least amount of water and time.  In ground veggies, i.e. carrots take longer.
  3. No soda's, processed foods, or fast foods.  I love french fries(not all the time :-) but other than that I stay away from a lot of that stuff, only indulging for special occasions.  (I am being real, not perfect!)
  4. Take a really good vitamin or buy a vitamin powder,  Source of Life which is at local health food stores (not Whole Foods) is a great one.  Your body will crave food when it is nutrient deficient.  
  5. Flex with your meat intake,  meaning go to every other day or 4 days a week instead of 7.  It will enable your body to assimilate your vitamins better.  An overabundance of animal protein can block nutrient absorption. 
  6. Read the labels on the so called healthy cereals, wheat breads, snacks, they can be healthy but still have corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors, and lots of processing.  I buy my cereals and other items from Whole Foods or a health food store.  
  7. If you must do a protein or snack bar, I personally like Luna bars.  Just my opinion.  You want to eat things you enjoy, if it's not pleasing you won't stick with it.
  8. Watch dairy intake,  Soy milk can be heavy.  They also sell Almond Milk in mainstream stores.  Do the low fat milk if you need to and do fruit bars or sorbet.  Ice cream is very indulgent.  skip it!
  9. If you like candy or chocolate only do high end dark chocolate.  It is antioxidant rich and if you get a good brand it doesn't have the crap that the regular bars have.  Check a health food store or Whole Foods.  You only need small doses anyway because it taste sooo good.  
  10. Make healthy eating a lifestyle,  diets should not be temporary and enjoy your food!
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1 comment:

K. Hall said...

This summer I decided to change my families "Food Lifestyle". The first change we made was to eat less red meats. Instead we eat more baked/grilled fist. Instead of canola oil, we use olive oil and sea salt/cracked pepper to season the food with. The next big step was to eat more green leafy vegetables. We buy artisian lettuce from Sam's Club. I have found that the four of us feel healthier and have more energy. I would really like to ease up on my cola intake but that is an uphill battle. Compared with how we used to eat just a few months ago, I find that these small changes have really helped my family.