Tuesday, June 28, 2011
THE FOODS WE EAT... THERE ARE HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES...
It's time for another post about our health. I was lucky enough to learn so much over the past several months while I slowly made my way back to a healthier me.
We've all heard about carbs, fats, proteins, hydrogenated this and that, but there's so much more to keeping fit and healthy. It's our food choices and exercise that are the key.
Even when we buy so-called healthy food, even fruits and veggies are laced with chemicals. Washing helps, but it is enough? Seriously, wash hard fruit with soap and water. such as apples, oranges, pears, cherries, etc.
Fruits like peaches, berries, etc rinse with white vinegar and water. I know it sounds a bit extreme, but we are ingesting it so take as many precautions as you can.
Now let's talk about water... Our bodies are 75% made of water, so we should be aware of chemicals, metals, and impurities of the water we drink. Tap water isn't healthy, then again neither is most bottled water. Educate yourself. Filtering does help, but it's not enough. The way to go is drinking distilled. It's the purist water we can drink.
I actually discovered something very interesting. Whenever I drink green tea with distilled the color of the tea is yellowy-green. BUT, on the occasions when I didn't have it and used filtered water from my fridge, and now remember this was boiled, the same green tea had a brownish red tint. Amazing. Boiling water really doesn't purify you water completely.
My next discovery is buy ORGANIC... yes, it's more expensive, but it is worth it. Why would you want to eat meat and chicken with hormones, chemicals, and God only knows what else is pumped into the meat? At least with organic you are eating a healthier meat with more nutrients and vitamins.
Many stores are now featuring organic and it isn't as difficult to find as it used to be. Changing my eating has helped tremendously with my weight loss. These factors along with exercise will give you more energy and a better nights sleep.
So now you have your organic meats, fruits, and veggies. I know you're asking about breads, pastas, and deserts. Well if you lay off of them for a few weeks you really won't miss them. Seriously. Once you break the sugar addiction you don't thing about it. Retraining your eating will go a long way for keeping the weight off and feeling great. After you loose your desired weight, you can slowly and I mean SLOWLY introduce health sugars and starches, such as sweet potatoes, yams, beans, brown rice, oatmeal, and the occasional piece of multi grain bread or whole wheat bread.
Surprisingly MANY people have wheat allergies so if you feel great without eating wheat, stay away from it. Test yourself. Don't eat wheat products for a week. See how you feel. Your body will certainly let you know.
Here's a great way to make chicken... beat up a few organic eggs with chopped basil and a dash of salt and pepper, dip the chicken in the eggs and then into finely chopped almonds or walnuts. (It's SO much better than bread crumbs!)Saute in a distilled water... yes, you are reading right. Oils are fattening and not necessary. Cook until done. Add more water when needed.
Toss organic arugula, spinach, celery, berries of any kind, chopped almonds or walnuts or both and fresh fennel for a wonderful licorice taste. Add a dash of red wine vinegar or balsamic. You can use a bit of olive oil too if you are so inclined.
Slice chicken into strips and garnish salad. This is a filling and DELICIOUS dinner or lunch. Next week I will have more tips and other wonderful things to eat that are healthy and satisfying...
REMEMBER also to get off the couch or desk chair and MOVE.... Eating healthy is great, but you MUST balance it with some sort of exercise EVERY day.
HAVE A GREAT DAY EVERYONE!