You Are What You Eat ? How To Choose Right Foods to Keep You Healthy
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates
The old saying “You are what you eat” is certainly true when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. However, eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle is not as hard as you may think. You can choose the right foods to keep your body healthy and fit. Here’s how: Think Green Think green all the way. Fresh green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits should be at the top of your grocery list. Vegetables and fruits contain many of the forty vitamins and nutrients we need to maintain a healthy body. There are so many types of vegetables and fruits available on the market today that even if you are not a fan of them, you may find some that appeal to your taste buds. Try preparing them in different dishes, cold and hot and see what you like the best. Then include at least five to seven servings a day into your diet. You will soon see a difference in the way you look and feel. Try organic Human beings are not meant to eat a lot of pre-processed foods. Scientists believe that one of the main reasons we are seeing so many cases of chronic health conditions and deadly diseases is because people are eating too many foods that have been processed, had chemicals added or are generally not good for us. When you go to the market, try to include foods that are organic, that is they do not contain harmful chemicals, pesticides and preservatives. If you have an organic market nearby, try also including other chemical free products whenever you can to see a reduction in the harmful chemicals in your meals, your home and your life.
“If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?” Unknown Choose to Eat it raw Many foods are better for you if they are uncooked. Vegetables and fruits fall into this category. This means you can buy organic foods, wash them up, chop them and serve them cold just as they are. The benefits of eating raw food are that they still contain enzymes which aid in digestion, plus it introduces more vitamins and minerals. Once you cook or process a vegetable or fruit, it loses enzymes and most of its nutritional value. Cooked vegetables and fruits are often so devoid of any nutritional values that you might as well be eating cardboard.
Cook with the Seasons
When you plan your meals around what product are in season, prices and quality will surprise you. The best way to keep a balanced diet is to eat differently during the year, same as the nature nurse seasons. If we try to eat the same all year around, prices will be high in some months because the product will come from far away, because of weather and temperature conditions. Also if we try to eat always certain type of meat, (fish, beef, etc) product prices will also have variations, as some fish for example is more popular in spring than summer. So, planning our menus based on seasons can result in a great and balanced way to eat always great and fresh products. Buy Local, Visit the Farmers Market Your local farmers market can be your best source for natural and organic foods. Often you will find vendors who live and grow food locally so you will also be helping out the local economy by shopping there instead of supporting a large grocery store chain. If you are a smart shopper, you can also save a lot of money by buying all your vegetables, fruits, and plants at the farmers markets. They’re always interesting places to visit and learn more about a healthy lifestyle.
“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.” ~B.K.S. Iyengar
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