Healthy food is not only good for you, but also delicious – in spite of what you may have heard. Once you start adding healthy foods to your diet, you’ll be thinking in terms of the goodies you’ll be adding rather than feeling deprived of what you’re taking away!
Finding new healthy foods will be quite the experience for you! Once you start feeling more energized from the nourishment your body gets from the nutrients, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, good fats, enzymes and protein, you’ll embrace the lifestyle – perhaps with no turning back!
Without the proper fuel from healthy food, your body won’t function optimally and you can develop minor health problems. The process may start with headaches, fatigue, allergies and skin problems, and then elevate to major illness like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. By making healthy choices, you will always be ahead of the game and ensure a long and healthy life!
Making healthy choices isn’t hard once you get into the groove of remembering the guidelines. Always select unprocessed whole foods. These include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, raw nuts and seeds, and fresh sprouts. Raw, unprocessed foods are also known as “live” foods. Because they contain the most vitamins, minerals and enzymes, they provide the body with the best nutrition! Animal foods, such as eggs, poultry and meat, should be free range, grass-fed and hormone and antibiotic free. Select fish that has the lowest amount of mercury.
Choose organic foods as much as possible, as they are the purest and aren’t contaminated with pesticides. Organic foods have a higher nutritional content. They are not irradiated or genetically engineered. Bear in mind that “organic” and “natural” do not mean the same thing when it comes to food producers and manufacturers. This is why it’s extremely important to always read the label when purchasing packaged food!
Nutritional facts on the label will tell you all the ingredients in the food, as well as how much protein, carbohydrates, sugars, fats and calories are in the product. Beware of products that use chemical additives such as aspartame, BHA, BHT, FD&C colors, MSG, nitrites, nitrates and sulfites – just to name a few. Most packaged foods aren’t very healthy. They are highly processed and contain chemical additives and preservatives that are harmful to your health.
Some of these additives can cause mild symptoms like skin rashes or allergies. Others can cause more severe problems, such as asthma, seizures, heart disease or cancer. These additives, which include hidden sources of MSG, have been irradiated, allowing bug-infested or moldy ingredients to be used as “fresh” ingredients. Most of these products also contain ingredients that have been genetically engineered or modified with DNA from a different species of plant or animal to produce a heartier plant.
It is possible to find some packaged foods that are truly natural and organic and free of chemical additives, irradiated and genetically modified ingredients. However, even if the product is organic, it’s still important to read the label to make sure it doesn’t contain harmful chemical additives or undesirable ingredients.
Also remember that even if packaged foods contain healthy organic ingredients, they still aren’t the best choice, as they don’t have a nutritional value as high as fresh, raw foods do. Your diet should be made up of at least 50 percent fresh, raw foods. You can then enjoy small amounts of packaged foods if you need to in a pinch.