The #1 Tip for Healthy Eating

Overwhelmed by all the conflicting diet advice? Join the club. Paleo, low carb, slow carb, juice fasting, sugar-free, gluten-free, pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan, and on and on. What’s best and what’s actually good for us?

We can’t trust the food industry to help us because they are in it to make a buck off our cravings and weaknesses. And we can’t necessarily trust government or nonprofit guidelines because the agencies supposedly helping us are regularly bought off or funded by the food lobby. What’s a health conscious person to do in taking charge of their plate and health? Here’s the best and simplest tip I’ve ever heard for navigating the ever-expanding food and beverage aisles.

Nature Rules

The simple truth is that most of our food is junk. It’s processed, full of sugar, additives, preservatives and chemicals you need a doctorate in chemistry to understand. It’s gassed, waxed, pasteurized, denatured, GMO’d and pesticide-laden.

If you’re just wanting good, life-giving food, follow this one guideline before all others:

If nature didn’t make it, don’t take it.

It’s really that simple. For real health, eat real food.

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Real food: A hearty, filling bean soup

Spoiled?

The problem is that we like all the “foods” that aren’t good for us. Our “convenience foods” are highly processed and full of shelf-life preserving chemicals. A great deal of food is designed to hook us with its taste despite its lack of nutrition. We’ve gotten addicted and we don’t want to face the cold hard truth that we’ve also spoiled our taste buds with chemicals that taste really good but are actually killing us.

The way back to health isn’t eating fewer calories or making sure our cookies are made from organic cane sugar and organic flour. The way to health is via foods made by nature, not the companies processing everything from Skittles to yogurt made with fake fruit and laden with sugar, not probiotics (read your labels).

Remember:

If nature didn’t make it, don’t take it.

In other words, eat and cook with real ingredients like fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, tubers, legumes and pulses, seeds and nuts. Non-vegetarians, this means also eating fresh and unprocessed meats and seafood.

These are real foods and the fresher the better. These are the foods full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, probiotics, antioxidants, fiber and so much more that our bodies need for everyday functioning, repair, energy and optimal health. Anything else will start to interfere with our natural processes, if not actively destroy them over time.

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Real food: Chickpea curry

Good Food

Eating healthy doesn’t mean skimping on taste or starving yourself. Real food lends itself to delicious dishes that are hearty, filling, and satisfying. Eating natural foods doesn’t mean depriving yourself either. So many delicious recipes exist that you’ll never have enough time to try them all. If you’re pressed for time, relax. A plethora of healthy, delicious meals can be made in 10-20 minutes.

Once we recognize that we’ve been behaving like a child in a candy store for far too long, we begin to realize that such behavior isn’t doing us or our families any good and may in fact be causing quite a bit of harm. Make the transition today to real food. Watch your health and vitality return. Let’s reclaim our pantries and health starting today with the foods we eat.

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