Your mind can play tricks on you when it comes to food. What I mean is that if you have a favorite food and you are trying to eat healthier, your addiction to it will soon lead you down the ‘primrose’ path to eating it.
‘Old habits tend to die-hard, at least until you’ve eaten plant-based whole food for a while. Then, your taste buds will change what they like eating. You will wonder how you could eat all that bad food for so long’ ~ your author
For example, I have always loved tacos. But, I know that for me at least, corn, wheat, soy, barley and oats, etc. are not what I should be eating. But, there is another disclaimer about eating taco shells. I read on the box they have corn oil. Oil is inflammatory. The corn is refined. It is still corn.
‘One dietary pattern that may harm long-term health is the typical Western diet—rich in red meat, highly processed grains, and sugar, and lacking in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fiber [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3471136/]’.
You might think you are eating healthy on a vegan or vegetarian diet, but might not still be feeling well. This also goes for if you have lost all the weight you want. Food, I’ve learned can make you feel well or not so well.
So, being I have thought about this for quite a while and have experimented with good and bad foods, I have devised a strategy for picking the healthiest foods that I will now share with you.
How I choose the healthiest foods…
- If it’s processed or refined, I don’t eat it (no eating out, TV dinners, fruit drinks, cereals, bread, flour, sugar, cooking oils, phony meat made with soy, etc.)
- If it comes in a can, package or box, it likely has ingredients you have never heard of or can’t pronounce
- These man-made altered foods will have added salt, sugar and oil
- If it has animal products, I don’t eat it (meat, dairy, eggs, etc.)
- Is it plant-based whole food? (fresh fruits and vegetables)
- Boil, steam, cook or eat them raw
- Spices and some salt OK
- I would avoid sugar, molasses, honey and maple syrup. Try whole fruit spread made with 100% fruit, no added sugar or high-fructose corn syrup and no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors
- Condiments like mustard and salsa, but not ketchup because of sugar or fructose added
- Choose pinto beans, white organic russet potatoes and brown basmati organic rice as your staple starches to fill you up and leave you satisfied at the dinner table
- I drink green Japanese tea
- I make a daily green smoothie
Source- 1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3471136/
Access Day 22
Access Month February
Access Year 2019
Article Title Essentials of Healthy Eating: A Guide – PubMed Central (PMC)
Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor.