There are a lot of rules when it comes to eating healthy, some make sense, some don't, some are complicated but these ones are easy. They are rational, and if you follow these steps, it really will make the difference in keeping your vitality.
Keep your Food Real
You want to focus your appetite on organic whole foods, I mean that in a literal sense. When you pick up the food item, you don’t have to read a label because guess what you are holding the ingredient in your hand. What goes in your mouth should be whole, unprocessed, unrefined, not mechanically altered, properly sourced, and properly prepared. Otherwise you will be depriving yourself of all the enzymes, fiber, vitamins, minerals and proteins that are necessary for you to sustain a healthy life.
Plan your Meals
This is the number one downfall I see for patients. We plan for things for the majority of our life but seem to enjoy food at spur of the moment. Organizing your meals for the day and for the week prevents you from feeling lost and out of control. It takes less than 10 minutes for you to get a rough idea about what you will be eating this week and it really helps keep you accountable, this is important, especially in a world where everything is available at your fingertips. We consider diets a prison sentence but be kind to yourself. Eating clean is a lifestyle choice, a habit, for better health and that also includes planning for a treat now and again. When you reserve it for special occasions, then you prove that its exactly what you say it is, a treat, not an everyday habit that you take for granted.
Take your Time
Many of us live on the go, and with food readily available, we tend to skip preparing a meal ourselves as we consider it a nuisance but it’s really important, because to eat healthy, you have to learn how to cook, and I’m not referring to the same three dishes, pasta, stir-fry and BBQ. By preparing your meals you are using all your senses and this gets you into a state where your body readily digests these foods That’s not even the worst part though, by the time we are having a meal, we eat it way too fast. Inhaling our food prevents our body from adequately breaking it down and extracting all the nutrients from it. Slow it down, chew each mouthful several times, take in the smell and the sight and enjoy your meal.
We are habitual comfort eaters; we eat the same 20 things throughout our life. If you step back in time, we ate according to seasons but nowadays you can have bananas and avocadoes in the middle of winter. There is no rotation, let alone diversity even though the world offers us a range of different fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and fish. It’s a matter of expanding your palate and trying new things. Yes, the first time you make it you are probably not going to get it right but with practice anything is possible. One common example I love to demonstrate is Quinoa, 15 years ago, majority of us had no idea what it and yet now you see it almost on every menu in Vancouver. All it takes is being curious and trying something new every week. The internet is there to help you if you are not sure what to do with the particular food item you picked up. Speaking of curiosity, many food labels claim “sugar free” or “low calories”. These words generally mean, they replaced it with something else that may be even worse for you. Read Labels and if you can’t even pronounce the ingredient, you should probably avoid it.
Minimize your Carbs
It’s white, powdery, gets you high and then you want more. It tastes good, but its bad and then you’re addicted. I’m talking about sugar, and its everywhere. What baffles me is that the sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to downplay the link between sugar and heart disease and instead encourage the idea that saturated fat was to blame. That was half a decade ago and we are still trying to shift public perspective to highlight that excessive sugar is not good for us. Cut it out and watch your health benefit! That said though most of us don’t realize that it doesn’t need to look like sugar to act like sugar in your body. Sometimes we even think what we are eating is good for us, but moderation is always a key.