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May 18, 2018

You Are What You Eat -- Better Food for a Better Life

Healthy Eating Tips that Don't Take the Fun Out of Food

When the average person thinks about eating healthier or dieting, they automatically prepare their minds for “bland” or “tasteless” foods. The question we often pose is, "Why does healthy food have to taste so bad?" What if we said you can even enjoy your favorite comfort foods and heal your body at the same time?

Sounds a little far out, we know, but let us enlighten you.

Let's start by prioritizing your diet with a few small changes:

  1. Portion your food onto plates or snack bowls instead of eating out of the package.
  2. Use smaller plates when making your meals.
  3. Drink lots of water as you eat.
  4. Don't eat 1-2 hours before you go to sleep.

Studies have shown that these small adjustments have the most health boosting benefits.

Next, let's dive into what you are putting on those smaller plates. The combination of foods you put on your plate is far more important than the foods alone. For example, there are millions of people that wake up and enjoy an apple for breakfast. But, if you were to add some raspberries to this meal you would have enhanced the quercetin (an antioxidant found in grapes, onions, and buckwheat) to kill off cancerous cells.

I’m sure you’ve been told before to stay away from any pasta or certain starches when trying to diet, which is also a partial truth. Wheat or buckwheat pasta contains an antioxidant called rutin. When you combine that rutin filled pasta with broccoli (which is high in vitamin C), they work synergistically to halt LDL oxidation. LDL oxidation is the leading cause of plaque on your artery walls, which leads to heart disease.

The point is, research each piece of fruit, vegetable, or meat you ingest, and make sure to find it a dancing partner. Loading your plate with foods just because they are green and came from the ground is like your mom telling you “You’re the champ” after coming in last place at the olympics. It may have felt like the right thing for her to say at the time, but did it actually do anything to make you feel better?! Likely not. We don't want your body lying to you, either.

Essentially “You are what you Eat.”