Eating For Pleasure

October 25th, 2017

Eating healthy is about feeling better and enjoying your food more. Let’s focus on what you can choose to feel good, to care for your body and to keep your taste buds happy.  

First, avoid the confusion of dieting: Low fat, low carb, Paleo, Atkins, etc. We’re going to talk about eating real food. Think of foods how they originally come to us from the land and sea. Use concepts like color, variety, freshness and wholeness. Eat slowly, enjoy and pay attention, notice how you feel after you eat. Once you clean up your diet and eat healthy, you actually won’t even crave the overly processed, sweetened and salted products that are sold to substitute for real food. (My roommate’s rule is: the fewer chemicals you consume, the better.)  

1. Eat lots of colorful fruits and vegetables. And I’m talking about a lot, at least 4-5 cups a day. Choose from all colors of the rainbow: tomatoes, strawberries, oranges, squash, broccoli, snow peas, eggplant, blue berries. They’re packed with vitamins, mineral, antioxidants and fiber.  

2. Add high-quality protein to your diet. Eat proteins like beans, nuts, whey concentrate, organic soy, free range chicken and eggs, grass fed beef and dairy, low-mercury fish.  

3. Eat good fat! Don’t eat low fat food products. Some good fats are avocados, nuts, natural peanut butter, seeds, olives, cold-pressed oils such as olive oil and coconut oil, flax seed, whole fat dairy, healthy meats, fatty fish.

An easy way to create a meal, any meal: choose a healthy protein, a good fat and then eat as many vegetables and fruits as you can. Enjoy your food; good food is the foundation for a good life!


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