A lot of people are reevaluating what they put in their bodies each day, and for good reason. Your doctor may have told you it’s time to make some changes, or maybe you saw a documentary on Netflix. Whatever your reasons I’m here to help you out. I’m not a nutritionist or a doctor, but you’re getting my advice anyway. If you don’t like it, use this page of the paper to line the kitty box. I won’t mind.
First off, whoever tells you there is a one-size fits all diet is probably selling something, and usually it’s their book or program. While all biologically similar, we do not process most of what we eat exactly the same. Some people do well on a particular diet, while others’ bodies shut down. Look at your lifestyle, talk to a doctor and connect with a nutritionist. What are your medical issues? What trips you up when you try to eat healthy? So while the various “diet” camps argue among themselves about who is the best, they do agree on a few things. Let’s look at those.
Maybe I’m stating the obvious here, but water is good for you. We all know that. But despite the fact that most Americans have access to clean water, we don’t drink enough of it. Maybe you find it hard to drink water because there are other, more appealing drink choices available. But don’t give up on drinking water. There are ways to drink more even without buying packets of flavorings or sugary drink mixes. Some people add cut up cucumbers or melon to their water. Others freeze berries, citrus and mint leaves in ice cubes. Ditch the sugar and caffeine and drink more water.
Eat your veggies
Again, another obvious one here. But when it comes to veggies, many people simply give the “yuck” face they learned as a child and pretend they don’t exist (unless they come wrapped in bacon and cheese). If you’re finding it hard to eat veggies I encourage you to start from square one. Either grow your own or buy them local. There’s something about doing those things that makes us more appreciative of our bounty. Some kids will not try broccoli to save their life, but have them help plant a garden and soon they are eating whatever grows. That connection to what we eat has been lost, and it’s important to find it again.
Processed foods. We buy them because of their ability to sit there in storage forever and a day and because they promise us to only take a few minutes. But what we get in exchange does not work in our favor. Processed foods are like empty promises; they market themselves as Godsends, but instead we get a steady diet of corn, soy, corn syrup, salt, sugar and preservatives that makes us feel unsatisfied over and over; so we eat more. How do you identify processed foods? Well, usually they come in a box and are known as “convenience foods.” If you look at the ingredient list you’ll see some familiar faces, but mostly you’ll get a long list of unidentifiable ingredients. Bottom line, these “fast” and cheap foods are not your friends. Learn how to cook real food again. It’s not as hard as you think and your body will thank you.