I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. It rained here in Chicago and the winds would marvel anything the Wizard of Oz might have drummed up. Thankfully there are still stunning golds, reds, oranges, and greens left on the trees to keep autumn around a bit longer before winter sets in and, alas, us as well.
The winds certainly rubbed me the wrong way, pelting through the rain and getting soaked. Not fun when you have to errands to do or trying to keep in shape. So, now more than ever, we have to watch what we inhale ... food wise that is... LOL.
Many consumers are led to believe that "Low fat" PROCESSED foods are a healthy choice. SO, why then, are so many people over weight? The answer is in the processing! Many of these "so called" healthy foods are LOADED with chemicals, sugar, and salt. Hardly healthy guys. READ YOUR LABELS .... if there isn't anything "WHOLE" in the ingredients, TOSS it. Our bodies were not created to process chemicals. As for sugar and salt, well, they are processed too, unless you buy organic or raw. Which IS a healthier choice.
Many say the eating healthy is expensive .... yes, it can be, however in the long run you will be saving THOUSANDS in medical bills later on. YES ... high blood pressure, diabetes, and the big C are all bi-products of an unhealthy lifestyle. Many of these diseases are caused by obesity. We, as writers, need to BE informed. WE are not as active as we should be, so it is extremely important to eat right ESPECIALLY in the winter months.
I know you have heard this before, but it is IMPERATIVE to take charge of eating correctly. Of course you can have the occasional sweet... I LIVE for my chocolate and biscotti cookies, but.... I watch my intake and I balance these sweet urges with fresh fruit.... How delicious is a sweet, crunch apple.... YUMM! OR grapes, or strawberries or blueberries? Add some NATURAL whipped cream... no, not the one in the can, buy organic whipping cream ... it takes a few minute to beat it into sheer delight and it's almost naturally sweet on it's own. However drop in a touch of stevia.... better than sugar or organic raw sugar and you have an amazing sweet.
For all you BREAD lovers out there. Have it, BUT, make sure it is WHOLE grains, NO WHITE processed flour. Remember PROCESSED foods mean your body can't process them and it immediately gets stored as FAT.
Now, let's talk about fat.... Oooooo... THAT DREADED word. Now don't be shocked by what I say here. WE all need fat in our diets .... but .... HEALTHY FATS. Who doesn't LOVE guacamole? That is a healthy fat.... Avocado is excellent and DELICIOUS. Now I am not saying to each a bag of salty chips with your guac..... there are alternatives. Try jicama ... never heard of it? Well it is a large root vegetable. After you cut away the brown outer layer, you have a DELICIOUS crunchy, white, juicy, snack. It almost tastes like potatoes, but SO MUCH better for you.
Use jicama, fresh salsa (make your own ... it's not difficult at all), guacamole, a FEW low salt natural chips, organic ground beef, organic beans, organic sour cream ... and now you have the makings of a real Mexican fiesta... LOL.
Another healthy fat ... nuts. No, not the ones honey roasted with tons of salt added. Again, look at the ingredients. All that should be listed is the nut. Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, .... nothing else. You would be amazed how much weight you can lose just by looking at the sodium content. If salt is added ... look at the amount. It's best to buy foods that have NO ADDED salt. There may be sodium in the food itself and that is fine. I want you to be aware of the salt added.
It's just like sugar. Many foods have natural sugar, it's the added sugar I am concerned about and you should be too.
With the holidays a breath away, many of us love to bake.... Yummm.... a much better alternative to buying PROCESSED baked goods. Have you ever read the label on boxed cake and CAKE MIXES? I almost stroked out when I decided I wanted to back a cake from a mix. I grabbed the one my mom always used and the first ingredient was SUGAR.... EEEKKKK!
So needless to say I dropped that box, like I was stabbed by it. I will never use cake mix again. Best to buy organic whole wheat flour and make it yourself. It doens' t take that much additional time. And frankly, isn't our bodies, and our families worth the extra effort? Plus if you go on line there are zillions of recipes to bake healthy even using non-wheat flours. And the results are amazing. It's the processed low-fat baked goods that taste like crap.
Well everyone that is my rant for today about eating healthy. READ your labels. Seriously, the media does an EXCELLENT job of brainwashing us into the WRONG way of eating healthier.
In two weeks everyone's favorite Ninja Captain, Alex Cavanaugh will be dropping in to give us tips on how he stays in shape while traveling through the universe.
Have a wonderful day everyone and make the right choices. I care. A healthy body and mind will give us the tools to create wonderful stories and I'd like us all to live NICE, LONG, LIVES ... we'll need it to read all of them.