Yes…that’s right. I need a nutrition reboot! I’ve been letting down my nutrition guard and allowing a few things to return to my diet that I would not think of touching a few years ago.
This morning I vowed to myself that I would get back on track. What better way to “seal the deal” on my nutrition reboot then to proclaim it here on my website. I’m jumping back into my healthy ways. Not that I was terribly astray but just a little lenient when it comes to my discipline in certain areas of my daily diet.
Since going to Panama for my stem cell treatment in January of 2019, I was following a Paleo diet and still am….with a few little treats along the way. These little treats have become an almost daily habit and I vowed I would stop eating them today. Thankfully there are no more of these treats in the house. I made sure of that.
We all go off the rail from time to time. I was indulging in some refined carbohydrates and chips instead of having a good nutritious salad for lunch. Then after dinner while watching a bit of Netflix….I would head for the freezer and get myself a bowl of “coconut or cashew ice cream”. This was becoming a nightly ritual. I’ve cleaned out all temptation and now plan to enjoy my salads for lunch and my after dinner sweet will be a piece of fruit…if I even need it at all. I use to just enjoy a ginger tea after dinner and that was all I needed to stave off temptation.
I can honestly say that I understand how “convenience” foods can take front and center of one’s daily schedule. Doing this is detrimental to our health though. Each day…a little at a time….convenience foods start to creep back into the routine. I say to myself “STOP” now.
Here I will list tips for clean eating that I need to revisit. I know that just putting this out there will help me to clean up my act.
My clean up will include fresh whole foods..no more convenience foods.
- Eat more veggies and fruit. These are the healthiest foods we can eat and we need them everyday to insure a solid foundation. They are full of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. They help keep inflammation down and protect our cells from free radical damage. The best way to eat these is in their raw state which means a big green salad every day loaded with fresh raw veggies. For dessert or snacking it will be fresh fruit and nuts. All of my fruits and veggies are organic and non-GMO.
- Remove refined grains from the diet. There are a lot of recipes out there now using cauliflower as the substitute for rice, potatoes and pizza crusts. I even have “cauliflower” flat buns that I brought home from the US this spring in my freezer. They are my “go to” when I want a bit of bread or need a top and bottom for a veggie sandwich. Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta noodles.
- Drink more water. I’ve been on a bit of a coffee craze after not having coffee for 25 years. I’m back at it and find I need more water as the coffee is quite dehydrating. Regardless of the coffee intake we should be drinking at least 8 glasses of good filtered water a day. No sugar sweetened drinks are permitted on this clean eating regime.
- No processed foods. These are the bad foods loaded with trans fats, chemicals, GMO foods etc. These foods are “convenient” to grab on the run but are bad fuel, modified from their original state and void of any sound nutrition and fiber, usually high in sugar and sodium. Processed foods give rise to inflammation in the body and are not good for our hearts.
- Avoid packaged foods such as crackers, granola bars, muffins cookies etc. These foods are loaded with refined sugar and bad fats…artery clogging. Instead have an apple with some almonds or almond butter on the side. So much better for us.
- Pass on the refined carbohydrates like white bread and ready to eat cereals. These foods are highly processed and stripped of nutrition value.
- Of utmost importance….avoid sugar. This toxic, addictive substance is fuel for bad health. I’ve been allowing a bit of this back into my diet lately and I can tell you, it is addictive. I find myself looking for a sugary snack at the same time every day now that I’ve allowed a bit back in my diet. I must eliminate it altogether now. Remember there is sugar in ketchup, prepared sauces and salad dressings. If I’m going to use sweeteners of any kind from this point forward it will be stevia or good organic maple syrup or organic raw honey.
- Avoid bad fats like canola or vegetable oils. The healthiest fats to use in your day to day cooking are good organic extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil.
- when buying fish…choose wild salmon. When buying meats go for the “grass fed”. It’s much better for us in that it contains omega 3 fatty acids and more antioxidants then the grain fed conventional meats. It is more expensive and harder to find….you have to find a local farm and purchase it direct. Not many grocery stores stock “grass fed” meats….you will likely find some in a Whole Foods market if you have one nearby.
Bottom line here….stay away from processed foods, refined, sugary, bad fat, and grain fed meat and farm raised fish. Go for the best because you are WORTH IT!!! Go for grass fed meat, organic and non-GMO fresh veggies and fruits. Thumbs down to sugar.
Okay…..that was my “nutrition 101” lecture to myself to get back on track. I get it. I know better and I will do better.
Here’s to health eating.