We somehow know we all should be eating more fruits and vegetables than we currently do in our diet, and that doing so will make us healthier.
I believe, most everyone knows this, but very few will actually change what they eat. And, if they do, it won’t be for long. They will soon slip back to the old way of eating. But, here’s the catchy question: What is the minimum amount we have to eat of each to get healthier, lose weight and live longer?
Would a diet like that be boring? What would be on the daily menu? Yet, is it only eating healthy food that will make us well again? Will raw plant-based food bring us the ultimate happiness and well-being we have all been searching for? Is this asking too much from food?
I would like to think eating healthier is all we need do. But, unfortunately, I think it is more complicated than that including many factors. We can’t get away from the every day fact that even though we may desire a simpler life, it remains complicated.
We know that if we feel good, we are also positive about our lives. If we feel poorly, we don’t feel like being very sociable. And, it seems when we think negative, it draws more of the same our way. We don’t make good choices when upset, and might be a good idea postponing major life changing decisions until we are in a better state of mind.
We need more than healthful food to thrive…
- Adequate sleep
- Fresh air
- Physical activity
- Hobbies or special interests
- Work we love doing
- A positive outlook
- Relaxation or possibly learning how to meditate
- Friends and family
- Filtered water
- Organic fruits and vegetables
- Spirituality or prayer
- Being thankful or grateful for what we do have
I am learning I can’t eat too much of certain things like potatoes and rice and beans. I think our bodies are made to digest the simplest of foods, namely fruits and vegetables which haven’t been cooked or altered.
Not so with grains and tubers. They have to be cooked. Furthermore, there are choices more nutritious, like raw fruits and vegetables which supply all the macronutrients (protein, carbs and fats) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) we need.
I noticed that ‘sometimes’ when I eat starchy things like potatoes, it makes me feel tired. It doesn’t give me immediate energy. And, although beans fill me up, they don’t energize me, either. Same goes for rice. Fruit like grapes gets me going fast. But, starchy foods do tend to fill me up and keep me satisfied unless I go overboard.
‘Unfortunately, these days much of our food isn’t eaten at home. It’s eaten on the go. One easy way to eat more nutritiously is to pack healthy lunches—both for yourself and your kids [1 newsinhealth.nih.gov/2015/09/better-nutrition-every-day]’.
I have heard a lot about eating raw food in the past, but I thought it to be too ‘fanatical’. Now, I don’t think those kinds of people are ‘loony’ because I may be becoming one of them. I believe eating mostly plant-based whole food is our natural diet, something that’s normal. Somehow, I feel we’ve drifted away from food our bodies were designed to eat. We don’t do well on refined and processed foods.
The standard American diet is loaded with way too much protein from meat, refined carbohydrates from grain products, fat, salt and refined sugar. It’s unfortunate unhealthy food is so difficult to stop eating because it tastes great and is so addictive.
Source- 1 URL newsinhealth.nih.gov/2015/09/better-nutrition-every-day
Website Title National Institutes of Health
Article Title Better Nutrition Every Day
Date Published September 08, 2017
Date Accessed November 29, 2018
Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor.