It is the first Saturday in the New Year and I know many people set the resolution of eating better and I am here to help you with that.
Years ago I was trained as a Health Coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition which is based on a philosophy of Primary and Secondary Foods. Primary Foods is the food that we physically consume and Secondary Foods are the other things in life like community and our relationships. Both are equally important so you will see secondary foods come into the mix throughout my posts!
For today we are going to talk about the basics of primary foods. The key to the success of any plan for healthy eating is to eat what you like but to exercise moderation when it comes to the less healthy foods. Improving your level of health and fitness does not mean forgoing that piece of chocolate cake, for instance. It does mean, however, limiting yourself to one piece. A healthy diet contains all types of foods, including carbohydrates, proteins, and even fats. The key is choosing foods that provide the best combination of taste and nutrition. After all, if your diet consists of foods you hate, you will not stick with it.
I also teach the concept of gradually adding the better foods while gradually eliminating the not so good foods. This way you have a better chance of success and sets you up for long-term health.
My two basic primary food suggestions are:
1 Purchasing organic as often as possible is always recommended but I realize can be costly and not always available where you live. A good plan is to follow the Dirty Dozen list. The ones with the most chemicals you should always try and eat organic.
The 2017 Dirty Dozen list from EWG (2018 not published yet but typically does not change a lot)
11. Sweet bell peppers
The 2017 Clean Fifteen list from EWG (least amount of pesticides and chemicals). These ones are not as important to buy organic so you can save some money!
1. Sweet Corn
6. Sweet peas (frozen)
11. Honeydew Melon
2. Limit processed food. The more fresh food you can eat the better. I know there are times we need to open a package of food for a quick meal. Next time I will talk about meal planning so you can have healthy meals on hand all the time!
And when someone offers you a piece of chocolate cake, eat it! (this falls under secondary food too!)
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Happy, healthy eating for 2018!