changing the way we eat…

Seriously, we can be such idiots when we are hungry.

Do you realize that we have completely transformed what, when and how we eat, since our great-grandparent’s day?  We live our lives in such a hurry, eating in our cars, in front of our televisions sets or standing in the kitchen.  We throw frozen food in little plastic trays in the microwave and don’t even give it a second thought.  We have forgotten to stop and enjoy the aromas, feel the textures or even taste our food.  (I’m guilty too!)

Back in our great-grandparents day, or even our grandparents day (depending on your age), most had gardens and did their own growing and harvesting.   As Michael Pollan states, “If it came from the planet, eat it.  If it was made in a plant, don’t.”

Back in the 1850s, the women of rural American were still  primarily cooking with ingredients that were grown on their own farms or in their gardens.  Any foods  they couldn’t produce themselves were often purchased in bulk  from the local general store. Can  you imagine if our ancestors were to walk into our grocery stores today?  The center of the store, where the packaged, over processed foods live, is larger than the produce section!

Our ancestors ate whole and unprocessed vegetables, along with fruits, grains, beans and nuts.  They didn’t run to the freezer section to grab some frozen french fries or a lean cuisine.

Somewhere along the way we became disconnected from the real foods that have to be plucked, harvested or squeezed and have chosen the ‘easy‘ way.

The good news is that we CAN change and our health will benefit in the long run.

Buy live, organic foods.  If you are able to make a trip each day to the store your food will be that much fresher!  Take a few minutes to inspect your produce carefully.  Remember, organic produce may be less colorful or less perfectly shaped, but have you every bought a big, red tomato from the grocery store only to find out that it was weak and had no flavor?  YUK!  They might not look perfect, but at least you know there aren’t pesticides sprayed all over them.

Start paying attention to the times of the day that you eat your food.  Use all your senses.  Look at your food, smell your food and enjoy your food!  Make it special!  Turn off the television and play some relaxing music.  Start your meal off with a blessing.  Sit at the table, even if you are alone, and maybe it’s time to pull out the good china!  Try to place your fork back on the plate after each bite so you can focus on what you are eating.

You’re worth it!  The point is to be relaxed and chew slowly.

Now…be sure you have living foods on your plate!  You may be surprised to find that by making good choices now, you can dramatically improve the quality of your life!

get your glow on…

Glowing, healthy skin doesn’t just happen, but is the result of a healthy, balanced life and diet choices. You have also heard, ‘You are what you eat’,  which means that I have been a fat-laden, salt craving, sugar addictive gal over the years.  In fact, I believe that most of my health problems and complaints have been made by poor food choices that I made.  It’s taken quite a while, but I’ve finally realized that my relationship between food and health is very significant.  My diet has played a major role with migraines.  Eating “trigger” foods has sent me to the hospital on one or more occasions because of a full blown migraine from eating nuts or chocolate.

My point is this:  Our body we have now is the only one we’ve got and we need to learn to take care of it in a healthy way, through diet, exercise and removing common chemicals that are being used every single day.

Let’s start here…

1.  Drink plenty of clean filtered water, at least 6-8 glasses a day, though you might need more during hot weather and on days that you exercise.

2.  Include lots of fiber in your diet.  This will keep your intestinal tract regular and eliminate the waste products from your body.  Eeew.

3.  Make sure your diet contains plenty of antioxidants to slow down your aging.  Think fresh fruits and vegetables.

4.  Food combine!  Eat protein and carbohydrates at seperate meals and you might prevent unnecessary fermentation in the color, and increase nutrient absorption into the blood.

5.  Eat essential fatty acids (good fats) such as whole grains, seeds, nuts, soybeans, dark leafy green vegetables, cold pressed oils, and wild salmon.

6.  When you wake in the morning, start out with a glass of warm water with fresh squeezed lemon.  I struggle with this one, but MAKE myself do it.

7.  Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine or alcohol, which drain moisture from your body.

8.  Cut down on table salt.  Too much sodium leads to skin puffiness, and sweeling.  Try a salt-free substitute or fresh herbs.

9.  Reduce your intake of red meat, dairy, refined foods, fried foods and all products that contain hydrogenated oils or fats.

10.  Apply honey three times a week to your face and leave on for 30 minutes.  Rinse off with warm water and you will be amazed by how your skin is softer, younger and nourished!

For the new year, try to eat more “living foods” and less “dead foods“.  And yes, I know that the chicken is dead…. but I’m talking about foods that have been altered in every imaginable way to make them last as long as possible and be as addictive as possible.  Think….cakes and cookies and God forbid, the Twinkie!  There we have a considerable amount of sugar and man- made fats that involve taking various oils and heating them to dangerously high temperatures.  There are chemicals, preservatives, food additives and bleaching agents that place a HUGE strain on our liver, eventually being stored as fat.

Living foods, on the other hand, are fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, all existing in a raw or close to raw state.  Living foods look robust and alive.  They are what can be plucked, harvested and squeezed and they are the ones that will help your body arm itself against cancer, heart disease, degenerative diseases and obesity.

In the Old Testament, God gave the Israelites a choice.  In Deuteronomy 30:19, He said, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.”  There it is!  A choice!  Living foods or dead foods?  I think I know which one I should do and am fully commited to making 2012 a year of better choices.

DEAD?

   OR ALIVE???    Make the healthy choice!