You've all heard the old adage "Your body is a temple" and have always been told to treat it as such, right? Too often people limit this thinking to ideas pertaining to body modification such as piercings and tattoos, promiscuity, and that sort of thing. Why is it that so many people forget to look beyond the outside of their temple body and focus on what they are doing to the inside? I've read too many articles and studies that link your diet to your physical health to think that there's not truly a connection.
It boggles my mind that people would fill their body with sugars, sodium, preservatives and other known illness causing ingredients. Then when they come down with something, they go to the doctor to then fill their bodies with man-made medications.
Get your vitamins and minerals from real, nutritious fresh foods.
Avoid snacking. If you eat on a somewhat regular schedule you are more likely to avoid the high sugar, bad for you snacks that you would otherwise reach for.
Eat the rainbow. You should be eating foods that fall in all the color categories of the rainbow.
Something that helps my family eat healthier is the way I tackle my shopping trips. When I go to the grocery store, I stay along the perimeter of the store and avoid all the middle aisles. think about how your store is set up. I can get produce, select meats, dairy and bread without even venturing into the middle aisles where all the processed foods are kept. By not even going to that part of the store, I cut out any temptation that there might be to buy those junk foods, especially now that I'm almost 3 months pregnant.
Try to avoid canned foods. Most cans are actually lined with a chemical that we know as BPA. This chemical is also known as the "pregnancy drug" since it was first created to aid in pregnancy. does it come as a shock to any of you that it was of course never actually used for that purpose because they found it to be harmful. Companies have instead started using it for other things such as the inside of metal cans to help keep the food from being contaminated by the metal degradation. BPA has been linked to neural defects in fetuses as well as endocrine disorders, heart disease and cancer.
I'll admit it, I was one of those people that would pull out a can of whatever vegetable, dump in a bowl and nuke until ready as a side for dinner. I can barely even stand to eat canned vegetables these days after eating fresh for so long. Even if something's not in season you can always buy frozen. Canned should be a very last option, if you let it be an option at all.
The last bit of advice I'll offer is to not eat a low-fat diet. Instead you want to eat a good-fat diet that is full of fats that are beneficial to you body.
People may call me picky because I like to eat healthy and I like to know exactly what is going into my food and therefore into my body. You only have one body during this lifetime, why wouldn't you want to be choosy and care for it to the best of your ability, and do so naturally?
Think about that when you reach for that next energy drink..