Do the incessant ads of the latest “get thin” diet trends keep you in a state of confusion about what is or is not really healthy? The goal I have in mind with my weekly healthy eating recipes is to take all the confusion and guess work out of what should be as natural as breathing… feeding our bodies! If the task of menu planning and grocery shopping fills you with dread, be encouraged you are not alone! Millions of Americans share in your dilemma, just trying to muddle through all the hoopla, but like sheep going to their slaughter, they are deceived by the latest diet scams, left feeling duped and discouraged by each failed attempt at achieving a truly healthy lifestyle. A simple Google search on “health and diet” yields a staggering 470,000,000 results; it’s no secret that America’s desire for diet and nutrition information is at an all-time high. With so many avenues offering “insight” about healthy diets, this can only be a recipe for disaster that often encourages very unhealthy attitudes towards food. Many people categorize certain foods as “good, bad or forbidden,” but when we learn to listen to our bodies, this mindset can be replaced with “good, better, best.” There are many cliché’s relating to a common sense approach to healthy eating, but my favorite is “We eat to live, not live to eat.”
What is healthy eating?
Powering the body with a variety of raw, whole or minimally processed, nutrient-rich foods needed to sustain energy, increase mental clarity and provide optimum health. I feel that it is only when we learn to look at food for what it is – fuel for our body – we are empowered with an understanding of the true cornerstone of healthy living. If healthy eating is to be for ‘life’ than it can never be considered dieting, hence, it must be instinctive or natural eating. Consider how infants and toddlers eat… this is an excellent example of intuitive eating; however, unfortunately, somewhere between birth and adulthood, we often lose our ability to rely on our internal gauges. Here are some useful tips on relearning to listen to your body:
- Eat before you are hungry – Frequent small nutrient-dense snacks, such as a handful of raw nuts, keep blood glucose regulated making it easier to be mindful of the body’s signals.
- Drink 8 to feel great – The body is over 60% water; dehydration can cause us to feel sluggish and tired.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners/additives – Remember the common sense approach!
What are healthy eating recipes?
Healthy eating recipes are designed with you in mind. My passion is to help others enjoy life to the fullest. Remember “good, better, best”? These are the questions I use to critique every recipe that I post weekly. By eliminating needless confusion I hope to revive the joy of preparing deliciously, nutritious meals that you can feel good about serving your family. My hope is that you will not only add them to your regular menu rotation but that you enjoy them so much you will pass them on to your friends, co-workers and family. The following are some of the guidelines that I use when selecting the ingredients for my recipes:
- Choosing organic, non-GMO fruits, vegetables and herbs from the supermarket if local or homegrown are unavailable.
- Pasture raised beef, free-range chicken and turkey.
- Farm fresh, free-range eggs.
- Non-homogenized/pasteurized milk over store bought organic.
The most important thing to remember, less really is best! Our bodies were created with a design in mind and processed foods were not part of that.
Peril of wisdom: “Even the smallest step in the right direction, is making you that much closer to your goal.” ~ Carol Newman, BioGirl Health
Here’s to your health the BioGirl way, “Beautiful inside and out.”