10 tips for healthy eating

hot-soupWhat you eat is at the core of how you feel. And how you feel has a direct impact on your ability to get good work done.

If you’re looking for healthier ways to eat this year, here are 10 ideas to get you started.

  1. Keep a food diary. Whether you do this as an independent journal or keep track of what you eat in a planner, the simple act of writing down what you eat every day has a healing effect. Doubt it? Try it!
  2. And while you’re jotting down what you eat, take note of how you feel. Do certain foods leave you feeling fuzzy? Or do they give you an acidy stomach? Or a headache? Look for patterns and cut out foods you’re sensitive to. Don’t medicate; change your diet!
  3. Don’t eat food that’s advertised. Good food items are like good movies – the best ones rely on word-of-mouth v. marketing campaigns.
  4. Sautéed onions, garlic, spinach, and mushrooms can be added to just about anything and, oh my, aren’t they yummy.
  5. Buy local and in-season when you can. Fresh = fewer preservatives = good. And the local farmers will love you as you help them sustain their good work.
  6. If you don’t have time to cook every day, cook when you can and freeze individual portions. It’s fun on a busy day to look in your freezer and find deliciousness.
  7. If you read a label and don’t like what you see for ingredients, make the item from scratch. I used to use a corn bread mix that we loved but it had lard in it. Now I buy cornmeal and make cornbread using healthier olive oil for fat. You can make your own bread, your own crackers, and your own salad dressings in small batches and skip athe preservatives.
  8. Thinking of preservatives, if you own food that doesn’t spoil, that’s not right. Real food spoils! How long have most of your salad dressings been in the refrigerator? If you aren’t sure, it’s time to purge and pitch!
  9. Slow cooking is healthy for your mind as well as for your stomach. Microwaves serve a purpose but try heating leftovers or soup in a covered iron skillet on the stove, or pop things into the oven. The food is hotter, and it feels healthier. You know you’re not supposed to be around a microwave if you have a pacemaker. Why not just step away from the microwave altogether?
  10. Speaking of iron skillets, you know Teflon coatings aren’t good for you, right?

Wishing you a wonderfully healthy and productive weekend. We are DONE with the snow for a while, but how pretty is this on a sunny beach? 🙂

snow on the beach

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