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Eat Healthier in 2011

Bounty of the garden

It requires a lot of work and constant attention to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  The benefits of eating foods that are good for you are not always easy to immediately see or feel.  The benefits take time.  Don’t expect improvement in days.  Keep at it.  Tangible measures of lowered weight, a lower cholesterol level or improved health will be evident over time.  In the long run, you’ll be thankful.

How to eat healthier

  1. Don’t eat out.  Cook at home.  Yes, I dream of having a scullery maid.
  2. Do eat more beans.  Soak them, cook them, spice them, and toss them in with everything  you eat.
  3. Do convert to whole wheat for all of your carbohydrates.  Brown flour, brown pasta, brown bread.  Look for “whole wheat” as the first ingredient.  Transition with Bob’s Red Mill whole wheat pastry flour for baking cookies and cakes.  Your family won’t even notice.
  4. Do eat brown rice.  A pressure cooker makes brown rice in 20 minutes compared to 45-50 minutes on the stove top.
  5. Do eat more vegetables.  Eat more dark green, leafy vegetables.  Kale, chard, spinach, collard.  Chop and sauté with garlic.
  6. Do grow your own vegetables.  Swiss chard and rainbow chard are easy to grow from seed and you can start them directly into the soil (direct sow).
  7. Do eat and drink non-fat dairy.  Skim milk, non-fat sour cream, low-fat buttermilk, non-fat yogurt.  Yes, I know it tastes better with the full fat stuff but you’ll get used to it.  (Skip the fat-free cheeses.  Just limit the amount.)
  8. Don’t buy foods with preservatives.  Bake your own cookies, granola bars and other snacks.
  9. Don’t drink soda.  Go for a brisk walk to wake up or take a nap.  Drink water instead.
  10. Do read food labels.  Know what you’re putting into your body.  Fewer than 5 ingredients is a good rule.
  11. Don’t buy foods with chemicals, words you can’t pronounce or you don’t have in your kitchen pantry.
  12. Don’t buy processed foods.  Limit foods you purchase that come in a box.
  13. Do eat ice cream.  Just serve in a very small cup and not very often.

Bounty of the garden 2

Have a happy, healthy New Year!

What would you add to this list? Making any New Year’s resolutions?

Go Gingham related links:

The biggest stay the same – the reality show I’m pitching!
Growing vegetables in small spaces – I call it “sky gardening”
Frugal grocery shopping and slowing down for family eating

6 thoughts on “Eat Healthier in 2011

  1. I agree with all except #7. The health benefits of skim or nonfat products are debatable, and some say non-existent. Nonfat products may even be harmful. They are a marketing ploy by manufacturers to slough off the remnants left behind after taking away the cream for whipping cream, etc. You only need to look at european countries and their health stats to see that full-fat products aren’t inherently unhealthy. Everything in moderation, of course. The Livestrong foundation has a good summary here:


    1. The more refining that your product endures, the further from real it becomes. You want real dairy? or do you want someone else’s definition of dairy.

      You are better off visiting a working dairy or buying shares in a dairy co-op and getting the real deal dairy on your table. Think hundreds of years of real living can be refuted by the manufactured food industry’s last 70 years? See sentence #1.


    2. Thanks for the comment Liana. While I agree that full fat dairy isn’t unhealthy (again, moderation), it is too refreshing for me to use regularly. Also, my kids would go nuts if I poured anything but skim milk for them!


      1. I recommend getting a cow share from C’est Naturelle Farms and getting whole (cream included) unpasteurized Jersey cow milk – they deliver to several local locations. We get a 1/2 gallon and drink it in 2 days. yum yum – this is how milk is supposed to be. Fat is good – just don’t eat it with sugar. Sugar is bad (except in dark chocolate of course). They have veges for sale also and really great eggs if your hens get lazy in the winter (like mine do).


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