Happy Cinco de Mayo, friends! I want to talk a little bit about dietary theory. Oh, no, you say! Dietary theory? Snore….zzzzz! Hold on….before you start nodding off…I guess what I really want to talk about is that a specific dietary theory isn’t really a necessity to improve your health. Paleo is all the rage right now…and I love a lot of paleo recipes. I truly enjoy muffins made with almond flour, coconut flour crepes, berries, and lots of other paleo goodies. It’s just delicious food. If you eat a vegan diet, OK; I’ll admit, it’s not for me, but if it makes you feel great then fantastic. Are you a vegetarian? That’s ok, too. But what I am getting at is that you don’t have to pick any particular way of eating to feel better. Here is my suggestion to you…
Getting started in a healthy eating plan can seem overwhelming! There is so much conflicting information out there about which diet is best. Take a walk through the grocery store and check out the marketing techniques on the so-called healthy organic processed food. These guys know what they are doing to get you to think their product is the best. Some of these products are great, others, not so much. So how do you navigate the grocery store and come out with healthy food choices?
Just eat real food! Shop the outside aisles of the grocery store. Stay away from the processed stuff…anything with an ingredients list of more that one or two things or any food that has ingredients you can’t pronounce or don’t know what they are-avoid…like the plague. Buy fresh (organic whenever possible) veggies and fruits. Even better, buy from a local farmer or co op. Buy your meat from local farmers, too. Go in with a friend and buy a half a cow or pig. When you must buy in the grocery store, read your labels. Make sure what you are getting is fresh and not loaded with artificial ingredients. And, if 80 percent of your diet is real food, you will see great improvements in your health. Your digestion will improve; your skin will look better. You will sleep better at night, and you will even lose a few pounds without even trying.
Cook at home; plan and prep your meals for the week so you don’t have to make that last minute run to McDonald’s or take-out pizza. I’m not saying you can’t ever eat pizza again…far from that. But again, if you are eating most of your meals at home from fresh ingredients, you will definitely see a change in your health for the better.