I must admit. I’ve turned into a bit of a food nazi. In my mind.
In the grocery store, I often find my eyes darting around, peering into the carts of others. Most are piled high with sugar laden, sodium filled, processed to high heaven ‘food’.
At work, I find myself picking up and reading the ingredients of the opened microwavable lunch box that someone is zapping in the microwave while still at their desk.
My eyes glaze over at the long list of dirty ingredients, as well as the eye-popping amount of sodium listed.
I do not do this on purpose. I simply cannot help myself.
I really do not think of myself better than others.
Because I was once them.
My grocery cart once looked like theirs.
I ate similar lunches, although mine were the misleading ones labeled ‘healthy’ or ‘low fat’.
They say ignorance is bliss.
In this case, ignorance about proper diet is contributing to the poor health of today’s society.
How did I get to where I’m at now, in the way of proper, healthy eating?
It always points back to NutriMost.
Please do not get it mixed up with NutriSystem, or anything of the like.
I lost weight, brought my metabolism down to that of someone half my age and learned so much along the way. No packaged foods. That was one of the key factors that made the difference.
They taught me what to cut out and gave me a list of foods to choose from in my meal planning for the weight loss.
Nothing came in a box, a can or a jar.
Except for mustard and salsa.
I ate strictly like that for 43 days.
It was the second round that completed and secured my new way of thinking.
Do something for 21 days and it becomes a habit, so they say.
Do something for 43 days twice and….BAM.
So this did not happen overnight. It will not happen overnight for you.
But it can happen.
Start by saying no to the middle of the store. I know, I know. We’ve all heard that.
But you must put that into practice to change your diet.
Oh there are things you will need, like oil (please stay away from vegetable oils and the like) and almond butter.
But think fresh. Think organic. Think grass fed.
Think whole foods.
This blog offers simple tidbits of information along with what I did to get here.
I’m no dietitian, doctor or nutritionist.
I don’t even claim to know it all.
Because….. I. Do. Not.
And I certainly don’t even eat perfectly all of the time.
But I do look at food differently.
It’s changed mealtimes around here, including what my husband and I pack for our lunches.
We eat simple. We eat good. We enjoy the taste of our food. We even enjoy dessert several nights a week.
Dessert that actually has nutrition!
Here is a great article from Dr Joseph Mercola on processed foods:
Here is a list of groceries that I keep regularly on hand, to give you an idea of how we eat. It’s not perfect. But it’s far better than a year ago.
Lemons & Limes
Organic Almond Butter
Organic Peanut Butter
*both with nuts as the only ingredient
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
Bragg’s Amino Acids
Mayo (I have yet to make my own)
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Kind Bars (5g or less of sugar)
Lily’s Chocolate Bars (no sugar)
Diamond Brand Nut-Thins Crackers
Ezekial Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins
Organic Canned Tomatoes, Tomato Sauce and Diced Tomatoes
Canned Chicken (watch the sodium…I rinse mine)
Salsa (sodium here too, fresh is better)
Fresh Herbs: Basil, Cilantro, Parsley
Mozzarella & Sharp Cheddar
Laughing Cow Cheese
Fage 0% Yogurt
Frozen Spinach, Brussel Sprouts
Bacon, Pork Chops, Brats & Kielbasa (see, I’m not perfect)
That is the basics for us. I’m sure I’m missing a few items, but it’s just to give you a general idea.
Obviously, it changes here and there. But this is pretty standard for us. I do keep flavored rice or noodle packets to serve on occasion for my husband or kids. I also make pasta on occasion.
Those were once standard. Now they are occasional additions to our menu.
When I need broth for soups, I buy low sodium. I’ve yet to make the bone broths, but I see a lot of articles on the health benefits of that.
Growing your own vegetables and visiting the local farm markets are of course the best route for produce.
I’m still working on purchasing better quality meats.
And for Heaven’s sake, as a reminder, stay away from sugar free junk. They are sweetened with artificial sweeteners. So bad.
I clicked on a link not too long ago where someone was giving some ideas for low calorie snacks.
Not healthy at all.
Good gravy. There are like 5 acceptable items.
Sugar-free is the devil. No, I’m serious. Run from it.
There really is a simple, but whole new world out there when it comes to fueling our bodies properly.
Once you learn to tame that sugar/processed foods beast, it’s easier to continue making better choices.
I’m working on some menus and recipes to share.
Just promise you will take larger steps than our store friend did. 😉
Two bananas will not keep the doctor away.