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How to Start Eating Healthy Food

In order to start eating healthy food, it is important that you are able to tell the difference between healthy food, and food that is less than healthy.  In this section of our website, we will establish what exactly healthy food means, and what makes it healthy.  In this manner, we can help to establish good healthy eating practices. 

Unhealthy Foods

Lets talk about common misconceptions regarding healthy food in order to start off. 

First of all, the majority of the commercials you see in print and on television advertising food as healthy or low fat - those foods are most likely not the kind of
healthy foods we will be talking about on this website. As a matter of fact, you will not find those foods in our kitchen or in our pantry.  Most foods that are listed as low fat have so many synthetic chemicals and ingredients in them that there is no way they can be good for you.

Secondly, stay away from milk and dairy products. While "they" have been telling us for years that milk builds strong bones recent studies are showing that drinking milk increases your risk of prostate and ovarian cancer, as well as heart disease.  If you need calcium in your diet, eat dark leafy greens. Dark leafy greens provide an excellent source of easily absorb-able calcium, and it would be a pretty tough challenge to find a study linking them to any type of health problem.

Bread is bad for you
Third, and this is the most disappointing misconception ever, bread is not good for you - not even whole wheat bread.  While it tastes great, wheat is difficult to digest. In order to process it, your body must create lipoprotein particles which have been linked to heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes.  Further, the wheat is converted to sugar when processed causing blood sugar spikes within the body contributing to fat production.  Studies on food allergies indicate that about 2-5 percent of adults are "truly allergic" to wheat.  This number is quite possibly grossly underestimated, but whether you are allergic to wheat, or have celiac disease, or not - alleviating wheat from your diet will change your life for the better. You will undoubtedly loose weight, have more energy, and experience less cravings. 

Healthy Foods

Now that we have that out of the way, lets talk about what healthy foods to eat and enjoy like they were a fresh loaf of french bread.

Eat More VegetablesHealthy Fresh Vegetables

Need we say more?  Your diet should, without question, consist of 60-80 percent minimally processed, organic vegetables.

Why are vegetables so good for you?  They provide an easily digestible source of enzymes, phytochemicals, vitamins, and fiber your body needs to perform all of the magic happening inside of you right now, and help to fight off disease. 

One of the easiest ways to make sure that you are getting vegetables in the refrigerator is to make a commitment to a local CSA (community supported agriculture) program or similar type of local weekly farm purchase or delivery.  First of all, you will be eating local, seasonally produced vegetables which guarantees a very fresh, variety of foods. Secondly, this seasonal variation will be responsible for making sure you get a well rounded vitamin and mineral intake.  If you are lucky enough to have this type of program in your area, you should be able to find out more about it through a quick internet search.

When we are talking about vegetables here, we do not mean potatoes, and iceberg lettuce; we are talking about a broad range of leafy greens, root vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, and legumes.  If you don't know what these items are, visit some of our other pages on how to select fresh vegetables. There, you will learn about how vegetables can be selected and prepared.

Grains - 

Due to decades of genetic modification many of the grains and vegetables which are now commercially available are questionable in regards to their health merit. It is nearly impossible to get corn or soybeans that has not been genetically modified so that bugs won't even touch it.  Scientists are linking the genetic modification process to side effects including sterility, cancer, birth defects. If at all possible, please boycott genetically modified foods for your health and the health of our planet, until there is a consensus on this issue.

Eat Clean Meat, Poultry and Fish

When we are talking about clean meat, we don't just mean washing it before cooking it. The major meat contributors are so concerned with profit, that they sometimes forget that people are eating the stuff. So in order to protect their bottom line they use growth hormones, antibiotics, steroids, and who knows what else in the animals they send to slaughter. Eating animals containing these items is just not a good idea. If at all possible, find locally grown organic meats and poultry. This is fairly simple in the country, and fortunately with growing awareness and consumer demand, providers like Whole Foods, and Fresh Market are stepping up to help provide these items in the city.

While clean meat and poultry is certainly more expensive than the alternative, how can you put a price on your well being? In our section on shopping on a budget,Healthy Fish we will show you how to choose less expensive cuts, and how eating mostly vegetables can actually decrease your weekly and monthly grocery bill.

Eating fish is commonly known to be beneficial to your health. It contains oils which are essential to good health. However, if you are eating farm raised fish, you are
most likely ingesting chemicals which outweigh the positive results you are seeking. Similarly, you have to be very careful about consuming too much large bodied fish. Swordfish, Tuna, and other large fish contain high levels of mercury. Mercury is a horrible toxin, and unfortunately most people have enough of it in their mouth, that eating these tasty large fish can push the levels over the edge inside of their body resulting disease over time.

It is an incredible balancing act for the body to remove all of the toxins that we ingest, while avoiding disease and sickness. When the body gets too overwhelmed, we get sick. It may take years of improper diet and environmental chemicals, or it could happen quickly, but if we do all that we can to help introduce a good diet, exercise, regular detox, and avoid unnecessary exposure to chemicals, our chances of avoiding disease and illness must be improved.