what’s on your plate?

Did you know that according to the United  Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, the average American eats 3,770 calories per day?  PER DAY??

So…..what’s on your plate? 

Dr. Gillian Keith has compiled a list of TEN FOODS PEOPLE EAT ON A REGULAR BASIS…(ready?)

  1. Burger meal
  2. Pizza
  3. Spaghetti
  4. Sweet and sour pork with special fried rice (chinese takeout)
  5. Hot breakfast
  6. Steak dinner
  7. Nachos
  8. Ice cream
  9. Chocolate chip cookies
  10. Hot dog meal

These are everyday “dead” foods that we consume as a regular part of our diet!  Eeek!  I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling fatter already!

So let’s change all that and look at some living foods.

Living foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds and nuts, exist in a raw or close to raw state.  They have not been bleached, refined, or chemically enhanced or preserved.  They are plucked, harvested, squeezed and might have a little dirt on them.  (don’t worry, it washes off)

All these living foods were created to cause your digestive system, bloodstream and organs to function at optimum capacity!  Wouldn’t you like to not only live longer, but have a better quality of life?  I know I would!  But where do we start?

Let’s start  by looking at our own plate.  If it needs more “living” foods on it, then let’s go to the grocery store (or if there is one available, the farmer’s market!)

First rule is to purchase fruits and vegetables frequently rather than storing large quantities for days and days in the refrigerator.  And mix it up a bit!  Don’t buy the same fruits and veggies each week.  Buy something new and different!  Choose a variety of colors and don’t forget some fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley and basil.

If you are a meat eater, then the best option is to choose organic, free-range meat and poultry.  Ask the butcher to trim off any visible fat,  or at least choose the leanest cuts.  Go for cage-free, organic eggs and whole grain breads.

If you are really serious, then just shop the perimeter of the grocery store, avoiding the middle aisles that are stuffed with pre-packaged foods and processed, man-made food products.  If you do have to venture into the inner aisles (insert scary music here), don’t forget to read your labels so you can make better food choices.

It will take a little effort to eat healthily, but the end result is definitely worth it!  Psalm 139 says we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”!  YOU are special and deserve the best!  If you make some positive changes to your diet, it is going to have a real and lasting effect on your health!

16 thoughts on “what’s on your plate?

  1. Shopping along the perimeter is a must, although I do wander down the chip aisle more than I should. GREAT tips for eating better.

    You and TK got me hooked on the green smoothies. LOVE them, especially with a handful of mint 🙂

    You ROCK, Sandi 😎

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    1. Susan,
      I got a tip for you. You can make your own chips in the microwave using a potato and a vegetable peeler. These chips will have the texture of baked lays but not with any oil and only as much salt or other seasonings you so wish to have.

      How To Make Microwave Potato Chips

      What You Need
      Ingredients
      1 or more potatoes or other root vegetable, scrubbed clean
      Salt and other seasonings, optional
      Olive oil, optional

      Equipment
      Mandoline
      Bowl of cold water
      Microwave-safe plate
      Paper towels

      Instructions
      1. Thinly Slice the Potato – Cut the potato in half. Slice one half on a mandoline, aiming for slices 1/8 to 1/16-inch thick. Immediately put the slices in cold water. Repeat with the other half of the potato and any other potatoes you are preparing.

      2. Soak and Rinse the Slices – Rinse the slices in cold water until the water stays clear. If you have time, let them soak for a few extra minutes before rinsing.

      3. Dry the Slices – Dry the slices between two clean dish cloths or spin them in a salad spinner.

      4. Season the Slices – Arrange as many slices as will fit in a single layer on a dinner plate lines with a few paper towels. Make sure the slices do not touch or else they stick together. If desired, sprinkle with salt or other spices. For richer-tasting chips, brush the slices with olive oil first.

      5. Microwave the Slices – Microwave the slices at 100% power for 3 minutes. Flip them over and microwave at 50% power for another 3 minutes. Remove any chips that are starting to crisp and brown. Continue cooking the remaining chips at 50% power in 1 minute intervals until they are all crispy and golden.

      6. Repeat with Remaining Batches – Transfer cooked chips to a bowl and repeat microwaving with the remaining slices of potato.

      Storing – Chips will stay crispy for a few days if kept in an airtight container or zip-lock bag. You can also prepare the raw slices ahead of time, store them in cold water in the refrigerator, and bake them off as you want them.

      I got the recipe from: http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-crispy-potato-chips-in-the-microwave-166718

      Enjoy,

      Alan

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  2. Rita Kothauer

    The more unprocessed the better, now if I could only convince my co-workers to stay away from the vending machines and not go out for a smoke at break time. Amazing how much money people that say “but fresh vegetables and fruit are so expensive” will spend on garbage to put in their bodies. Sorry, you hit a pet peeve nerve!

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    1. Oh I totally agree!!! I have seen people load up their cart with sugary cereals and cookies and soda and I just cringe!!, and people wonder why their kids are hyper!!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

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  3. Hi Sandi,
    Of course the supermarket is laid out to suck us in… all the good on the outside and all the bad in the middle. Don’t you just love the way they put the biscuits in the same isle as the tea, coffee ….. hmmmm

    Shoppers need to have a lot of faith in themselves, stick to their list and steer clear of the middle disaster areas of the supermarket.

    Great post Sandi!

    Warm regards,

    Sandy

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    1. Ha! That middle section is the “black hole” that sucks people in!!! We all need to shop smarter and think about our health in the long run… Thanks for the input! Now, go enjoy your day!! 🙂

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  4. “the average American eats 3,770 calories per day? PER DAY??”

    really?

    REALLY!? oh my life, thats insane. sorry, I should follow up with something constructive but i’m shocked. As an *average* figure? wow.

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