Today people are having more and more problems in maintaining a healthy diet and keeping their weight where it should be. Due to modern methods of food production and preservation today’s population is prone to obesity, diabetes, colon disease and cancer.
Many women are forced into working full time even when they have children to feed and care for. They don’t have time to plan and cook a nutritious diet and end up relying on processed foods and/or fast foods. Their children get used to these foods and tend to prefer them, possibly due to flavor enhancers such as MSG.
Many of these kids are getting fat early in life. This makes it harder for them to change their habits later on. It can appear to be a very a complex issue. But it is possible to eat well without spending a lot time or money. Here’s how.
l. Almost all foods are safe and healthful in their natural forms. Much of the advice for or against certain foods is made because of the many unnatural things used to create or preserve them. This includes meat, fish, eggs, poultry, dairy and grains.
Grass fed naturally grown beef (without hormones, antibiotics etc.) is one of the healthiest foods around. Wild caught fish from clean waters, free of mercury are likewise. Poultry raised outside (pastured) eat worms, insects and such (not grain) and taste incredibly good. They are very nutritious and so are their eggs.
2. Fruits and vegetables grown and prepared naturally are healthy. This means no pesticides, herbicides or additives. Making a large salad for lunch and dinner filled with interesting vegetables such as avocados, olives and tomatoes is filling and prevents overeating. Also vegetable soups with or without beans do the same and are packed with nutrients.
3. Proper oils are essential. The best ones are extra virgin cold pressed olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil and organic or Amish butter. Almost all salad and vegetable oils are processed at high temperatures which alters them so they cannot be easily assimilated into our cells. This causes disease at a cellular level. For salad dressings, the healthiest is olive oil and lemon juice.
4. Refined sugars, simple carbohydrates such as white bread and most artificial sweeteners are just plain bad for you. Stevia and raw honey are safe and nutritious alternatives.
These changes aren’t complex but they do take commitment. Finding good sources for natural foods takes some work. The best sources are local farmers. If this isn’t possible, shop at health food stores or online. The way to survive modern food trends is to eat like our grandparents or great grandparents did.