Healthy eating is a foundational building block. The body can only give what its given. I see great benefit in feeding & nourishing the body. What goes in is a good sign of what will come out. Our body can recognize real foods & knows exactly what to do with them. God created our bodies to be able to break down real. Processed & synthetic ingredients can be a great burden on our bodies.
I know there are many different diets out there. I'm not a diet fan. I'm a healthier choices fan. There are bits & pieces of many of the ideas out there that I do agree with & see as beneficial for building up the body.
I've been on the side of healthy foods & healthy eating for years. I have tried many different approaches & I always come back to whole food. Real things that God created. Lean meats, healthy fats, raw nuts & seeds, soaked & sprouted grains, fermented foods, organic fruits & vegetables, raw honey, maple syrup....You know, real organic butter, free range eggs & the like!!!! Everything real in moderation.
I'm the unbleached, avoid processed, non-GMO, no artificial sweeteners, organic kinda person! Sure, there are occasional "treats" when out & about or on vacation. I'm not exactly sure why they are thought of as treats when it takes a couple days to recover from it!
It's getting harder & harder to find quality meat as well. Small farmers that you know & trust are the best way to purchase meat.
Most soil is so depleted now & full of toxin chemicals that it's a must for me to buy as much organic as possible. It's crucial to incorporate quality nutritional supplements daily due to the poor soil health.
Flavorings, colorings & preservatives need to be approached with caution. Do your research & become a label reader. This includes your supplements. Read the ingredients listed on your labels, look those words up & go from there. I know change can be hard. Change out one product at a time & start building up your body!
Seasonings can take healthy food & turn it into unhealthy food! I use organic ones & I stay clear of the "white" processed kind. Fresh organic herbs are a nice choice if you can get them. Better yet, start an herb garden in your own home! Don't rule out the powerful flavorings that fresh garlic, onions & leeks can give.
Some of my favorite to use are Herbamare, Himalayan Pink Salt, RealSalt Sea Salt, Simply Organic & Frontier organic brand seasonings. I like organic garlic granules instead of salt/powder. The flavor is so much better. I buy a lot of mine in bulk from vitacost.com. I buy an organic one from the store so I have a smaller glass container & then I refill it with the organic bulk spices.
Watch out for MSG. Did you know yeast extract is MSG in disguise? Research to find the list of all the many names of MSG & what it's in. Stacey Kimbrell, author of Living Balanced, has a great links page. Scroll toward the bottom of that page & there is a section on MSG.
Keep your healthy food healthy & be careful what you season with!
I am by no means a certified nutritionists or an expert of any kind. What I am is a homemaker that tries to provide the healthiest option possible in practical ways. There are some ingredients in recipes that I have no idea what they are or where to even get them. There's other ones that I have tried & no thank you...I'll stick with my raw honey.
Natural Sweeteners! I'm pretty predictable in this area. I only use a few kinds. I know there are others on the market but I'll only touch on what I use regularly. I do not buy bleached white sugar.
I look for raw, unrefined, organic sweeteners. My all time favorite is local, raw honey. I make sure I know the beekeeper didn't give any unnecessary extras to the busy bees. I use this for my homemade lavender lemonade, teas, spoonful's & on grains. Don't forget...no one under 2 years old can have raw honey.
Raw Maple Syrup! Again, know your source & if they spray chemicals on their trees or grass around the trees. I avoid commercially sold maple syrup. I use maple syrup the same as honey.
I like organic Coconut Palm Sugar & Organic Cane Sugar for my baking. I make sure I buy Non GMO & certified organic.
I do like organic blackstrap molasses but I don't use it very often unless I want the molasses flavor.
That's it for me. I've tried others but these are my trusted ones. The honey, coconut & cane sugar are good for DIY personal care product recipes too!
I do not use or recommend synthetic artificial sweeteners at all. There are so many dangers & side effects linked to them. I say use the real deal in moderation, unbleached & organic of course ;) Please do your research & learn about the dangers of artificial sweeteners. It's an awful, sad, eye opening & shocking thing.
Healthy fats are important players on the body's team. They provide fuel for the day, surround & support key organs, combat inflammation, are part of cell structure & help absorb fat soluble vitamins like A, E, D & K. They also support the nervous system, skin, hair, nails, brain & eyes, hormones & immune function.
See why they're so important?!
The Standard American Diet, aka S.A.D., has too much Omega 6 & not the good way to get 6 either. Packaged foods, fried food, commercially raised meat, etc all contribute to a deficiency in Omega 3's.
I'm not talking bad fats here. I'm talking healthy fats from good sources. Balance is key even with healthy fats. Incorporate daily amounts of essential fatty acids the body needs by choosing quality sources. The top 3 ways are fish, raw nuts & seeds.
Optimal Healthy Fat Sources
~Always Pick ORGANIC & UNREFINED~
Good Quality Fish or Fish Oil ~ EPA & DHA ~ fish from clean water free of heavy metals & toxins
Raw Nuts: Cashews, Hazelnuts, Macadamias, Almonds, Brazil Nut, Pecans
Flax & Chia Seed
70% Dark Chocolate
Seaweed, Kale & Spinach
Lean Meat & Eggs from animals raised in their natural environment (avoid factory raised animal products)
Cold-Pressed Olive, Coconut, Pumpkin & Flax Seed Oil
Start today & include organic healthy fats in your daily diet!!!!!
The body needs healthy fats but there are way too may types of unhealthy ones on the market. Packaged food & wrapped food from a window are loaded :/
Avoid all hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated & refined oils. This includes: soybean, safflower, cottonseed & corn. Vegetable oil doesn't have a drop of anything vegetable in it- stay away from that stuff. Margarine falls in this same category so the little heart symbol on the package is a sad misplaced picture.
Did you know partially hydrogenated oils are nothing more than liquid fat that is injected with hydrogen gas! Refined oils are refined with dangerous chemicals! None of that has an ounce of health in it!
These unhealthy fats are the trouble makers. They are the artery cloggers, energy drainers, gut damagers, skin attackers, weight gainers & health robbers!!!! Kick 'em to the curb!
Always reach for organic, cold pressed unrefined oils. Cold pressed is a key word to look for :)
COOKING WITH FATS
The best oils for high heat cooking are:
~Organic, Unrefined Coconut Oil
~Organic, Cold-Pressed Unrefined Avocado Oil
Avoid heating olive oil. Anything beyond low heat will change the molecular structure making it toxic.
Save 1st Cold Pressed Organic Olive Oil for no heat cooking. It's great for salads, dressings & marinades!