What we eat and how much matters more than we think. Many of us are concerned about losing a few pounds and we should be concerned. We struggle daily with our weight and health related issues which interfere with our ability to enjoy life. So many of us believe that it is impossible to lose weight and get into better physical shape. This is faulty thinking.
No one is born weighing 300 pounds. Our success in maintaining a healthy weight is a matter of personal responsibility. We must make wise choices. It is not up to our doctor or nutritionist. How can we eat healthy, and really enjoy our foods? How can we eat everything we like and still remain healthy?
The food that we eat is not the problem. Non-foods are the problem. Non-foods are artificial ingredients, chemicals, pesticides, food coloring, wax and a host of other substances that we add to food. These substances are unhealthy and often toxic. Choose to eat real food and your health will improve. Real food consists of plants and animals. Real food does not come from a science lab. Read the labels on all the food items you purchase. If the words listed in the ingredients sound scientific, consider the product a science experiment and find yourself some real food. It you cannot pronounce the ingredients, don’t eat the product. For example, a bag of plain potato chips should have 3 ingredients: potatoes, oil, salt.
The best way to enjoy real food is to buy it fresh or frozen. Be careful of foods that come in cans and boxes. Those are most likely to contain excessive amounts of salt, additives and preservatives. Try to buy fresh fruit for snacking. Avoid junk food snacks which contain artificial sweeteners; those are a serious health hazard. If you have a sweet tooth, try making snacks at home using natural sweeteners such as maple syrup, molasses, fruit juice and unbleached, raw, turbinado sugars. You will know what you are eating, and avoid harmful non-food ingredients found in conventional snacks.
If you are the meat and potatoes type, enjoy your steak. Just make sure it is free from antibiotics and growth hormones, and do not eat yourself into oblivion. Make sure you eat plenty of organic vegetables and whole grains with your steak. Drink water with a splash of lemon juice to wash down your meals.
A healthy diet will improve your general health and increase your energy level. When you fill your body with non-foods, they throw your system off balance. You will lack energy, gain weight and develop poor digestion. Before you know it, a host of other medical issues will occur. If you always seem to lack energy, examine your eating habits. A few small changes in your diet will make a big difference. When it comes to food, quality matters. Your health is your biggest asset. Take care of it. Eat well. Enjoy life.