By Guest Blogger, Tamara John, BA, NTP
Here are 3 simple ways you and your family can embrace a more healthful way of being.
Don’t freak out, just do one thing, one at a time consistently and reap the rewards!
Number 1: Don’t be hungry, Be Food Prepared!
- Make a larger dinner and save the leftovers for breakfast. This will help you avoid sugary breakfast foods or skipping it altogether!
- Eat one green food every morning. Zucchini sliced in a skillet when reheating leftovers or a handful of baby spinach will jump start your day.
- Always have nuts, nut butter or paleo meat bars in your purse, backpack and car!
- Pairing whole fresh fruit with a quality protein and healthy fat like nuts, nut butter help to fuel you longer. Fresh fruit is refreshing and loaded with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
- Have a designated weekly shopping day so you never run out of fresh, healthy food. Weekends work well in the summer months to take advantage of the Farmer’s Markets and CSAs. After shopping, come home and wash/prepare the fruits and veggies so they are ready to go for the week. Make a big salad to carry you through a few days. Kale salads have good longevity.
Number 2: Good, Better, Best: Buy the best food you can afford.
- Buy organic and pastured eggs.
- Commit to ‘upgrading’ one item and buying organic. Add more as you are able. Choose your organic foods according to the food’s exposure to pesticides.
- Avoid genetically engineered foods. The biggest offenders are corn, wheat and soy crops. Choose the NON GMO label when buying packaged foods.
Number 3: Keep it Simple.
- Get your coffee/tea in a ceramic mug instead of a disposable paper cup.
- Grow at least one edible plant in your yard or on your patio to supplement the family diet. Basil, cilantro, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, spinach, kale are easy.
- Forego a fast food meal. Instead, go home and put organic chicken and veggies on the grill. Baste with a little olive oil, salt, pepper and other spices to taste. Easy! Extra points for cooking low and slow to preserve nutrients.
- Avoid all fats that are hydrogenated. It’s toxic!
Honoring yourself and your family with nutrient dense whole food raised and prepared authentically will emanate health, wellness and vitality. Now that’s Inspiration!
Tamara John is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), trained to help you identify nutritional deficiencies and how to restore nutritional balance. EatRight-LiveWell ™ offers strategies to make it easy for you and your family to eat more healthfully.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.