To simply put it, eating healthy shouldn’t be so hard but the reality is that it is. The reason why it is so hard is because we are surrounded by fast foods whether it be fast foods down the block or processed foods in our supermarkets. Eating junk foods is like poison to our body. It doesn’t do anything good for us but makes us prone to conditions such as heart disease and it does not have any nutritional value. I know doing groceries and cooking food can be time consuming and sometimes we don’t have the time for it and buying groceries can cost a fortune (trust me I know) but it is worth it and it outweighs the risk of all the things that can happen when you eat an unhealthy diet for such a long time.
So the question really is how should we eat? From a holistic standpoint the answer I would give is eat a plant based diet and do not eat any meat. But that is not the reality for most of us and a lot of people still eat meat and do not want to give up meat. So I would say eat more plants and less meat. Eating more plants and less meat doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t eat what you like, it just means the things that are not good for us such as sugary and highly processed food should be eaten in moderation and really it’s that simple.
When it comes to processed foods, if it comes in a packet and has a lot of ingredients that you can’t pronounce more than likely you shouldn’t eat it. Stay away from refined carbohydrates, white flour, white sugar, and anything that has high fructose corn syrup. Try to aim to eat more organic food when possible and eat animal products that are organic and grass fed. The most important factor when it comes to eating food is that your body must be able to digest and absorb nutrients. Take your time when eating food and don’t rush it, chew your food thoroughly.
Even though eating healthy sounds boring it really doesn’t have to be. Even when it comes to eating vegetables you can give any vegetable flavor and seasoning. It doesn’t have to be bland, season your foods with all the flavors and tastes that you enjoy ( go easy on the seasoning because of salt) but, give your food flavor and have fun. Hence, eating healthy doesn’t have to be and shouldn’t be hard.
Written By: Vanessa Jo