Healthy eating would be my starting point to get healthier. The easiest starting point to healthy eating is to consciously decide what you want to put in your body and use every means possible to make that happen. To do that we must know the ingredients we want to consume, read labels to determine if in fact that is what we are getting. Once we know what we want to eat, the easiest way to be sure we are getting it is to learn to prepare our own meals. Even if you can’t boil water without burning it, you can learn to cook, enjoy it and enjoy the food. I know, no time to cook. There is a TV show that comes on mid-day during the week called The Chew and they have a segment where they take five ingredients and cook a healthy meal in five minutes. It will take you longer than that to go through the drive-thru at Micky D’s and what you cook will be a whole lot better for you and probably cheaper as well. Preparing you own food means making a conscious decision to do so, we all have 24 hours each day and we each decide how we use them. Is making a conscious decision that will allow us to do most if not all the things at age 60 or even 70 that we were able to do at age 40 worth some effort on our part?
Healthy eating is ditching most prepared foods. Don’t believe anything you read or hear in a food add unless you can independently verify what they are saying. Some food manufactures outright lie and most others fail to tell you the truth. Some just fail to tell you what you need to know before you buy their product, a lie by omission. Others send your head spinning with buzz words that have no real meaning, such as lower in fat, lower in salt, wheat, whole grain, no trans-fat, natural, healthy, diet, cage free, leaner, ect. If the ingredient list looks like a long paragraph or has a lot of words you can’t pronounce and have no idea what they are, you don’t want to buy it. It does not matter how good it taste, it is poisoning you body and destroying your health.
Healthy eating has been on my mind for years, just not to the degree that it is today. I like a good cracker and for years I have been buying a store brand from one of the largest grocery chains that is labeled thin & crispy wheat saltines, they actually look like wheat and they taste very good, much better than the white looking ones. I knew they were not real whole wheat but I continued to buy them because I liked them and I guess I was putting my head in the sand somewhat too. I didn’t really want to know they weren’t that good for me. Recently I took a good look at the label and whole wheat flour is in there. While it is not the healthiest cracker out there, it certainly is not the worst either. We all make trade offs but as long as we make more really good choices than bad ones we will be okay. After all none of us are perfect. Healthy eating is doing what we know we need to be doing most of the time and not beating ourselves up the other times.
In my next post I will give you some idea of what we need to eat to get the nutrients our bodies need and at the same time allow us to feel full and satisfied. You can not eat enough of food without nutrients to not still feel hungry, nor can we keep from eating to much of high calorie foods when the amount of calories we need does not make us feel full. Healthy eating is the only solution to getting the nutrients we need and feeling satisfied.
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