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
- Don’t eat out. Cook at home. Yes, I dream of having a scullery maid.
- Do eat more beans. Soak them, cook them, spice them, and toss them in with everything you eat.
- 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.
- Do eat brown rice. A pressure cooker makes brown rice in 20 minutes compared to 45-50 minutes on the stove top.
- Do eat more vegetables. Eat more dark green, leafy vegetables. Kale, chard, spinach, collard. Chop and sauté with garlic.
- 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).
- 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.)
- Don’t buy foods with preservatives. Bake your own cookies, granola bars and other snacks.
- Don’t drink soda. Go for a brisk walk to wake up or take a nap. Drink water instead.
- Do read food labels. Know what you’re putting into your body. Fewer than 5 ingredients is a good rule.
- Don’t buy foods with chemicals, words you can’t pronounce or you don’t have in your kitchen pantry.
- Don’t buy processed foods. Limit foods you purchase that come in a box.
- Do eat ice cream. Just serve in a very small cup and not very often.
Have a happy, healthy New Year!
What would you add to this list? Making any New Year’s resolutions?