I lost nearly fifty pounds eating plant based whole food. But, I soon realized it was so easy to go back to the old way of eating like when I used to eat out a lot and bought processed and refined foods at the grocery store.
You really have to be sharp on reading ingredients if you intend on staying in the best shape, feel your best and keep your health strong.
I figured the best way to read all food labels (with ingredients you can’t even pronounce) was to not read any at all.
So, I decided to cook all my foods from scratch. That way, I knew there was nothing in it other than those additional ingredients I added.
If you think you are missing out on nutrition by not buying foods from your store that have been enriched with added vitamins and minerals, the truth is you are better off eating whole foods in their most natural state. Processed and refined foods usually have way too much salt, sugar, fat, additives and preservatives added.
‘By means of anti-inflammatory activities a plant-based diet may contribute to the lower risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov].’
You know the old expression ‘if you want something done right, do it yourself’? In this case, I know it’s true. This is the only way I know of that you can be sure you have control over what’s in your food.
Your ‘quick’ healthy food checklist for best health
- No processed and refined food
- Don’t eat out or buy anything that comes in a bottle, box, bag, can or jar, etc.
- Snack and junk food will have huge amounts of salt, sugar and oil (no good!)
- No oil, and very little sugar and salt
- Absolutely, no animal products
- Research has proven eating whole foods like fruit, beans, lentils, potatoes, salads, steamed vegetables and brown rice promotes weight loss, better health and longer life
- You’re hired! You are now your own official vegetarian chef! Go to recipes
1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19685439/
Website Title International journal for vitamin and nutrition research. Internationale Zeitschrift fur Vitamin- und Ernahrungsforschung. Journal international de vitaminologie et de nutrition.
Publication Month December
Publication Year 2008
Article Title Anti-inflammatory effects of plant-based foods and of their constituents.
Date Accessed April 11, 2018
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.