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?)
- Burger meal
- Sweet and sour pork with special fried rice (chinese takeout)
- Hot breakfast
- Steak dinner
- Ice cream
- Chocolate chip cookies
- 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!