When did choosing what foods to eat become so complex? Making the healthiest food choices has become increasingly confusing.  Do not get frustrated if it seems overwhelming.

There are more food options available now, and more information about those foods than ever before.  Daily there is another study or opinion investigating the best way to lose weight, go organic, cleanse, avoid GMO’s, eat gluten-free, and on and on.  Do not give up and grab the same old frozen, processed, or fast food options that have become a habit and are most readily available to you.  These are not the foods that will support you in maintaining a strong mind/body complex and reaching all of your goals.

My strategy is to keep it as simple as possible.  You do not have to become an expert on the subject to begin to make changes. Making small changes over a longer period will support lasting change.

Here are 3 EASY ways to improve your health through the foods you consume.

1- BUY ORGANIC WHEN POSSIBLE

 If you have not started buying organic and are concerned about the expense…start with a few items so that the increase in your grocery bill does not seem so dramatic.

GRADUALLY ADD MORE ORGANIC ITEMS INTO YOUR WEEKLY SHOPPING.

The following are the MOST IMPORTANT TO EAT ORGANIC.

Choose one or two to start if you are not ready to take the full organic plunge.

Meat, Poultry, Dairy Products, Root Vegetables-Potatoes, Carrots, Beets, Turnips, Radishes Leafy Greens, Celery, Grapes, Strawberries, and Apples

 2- INCREASE FRUIT/VEGETABLE INTAKE

 2 Easy Ways

BLEND A SMOOTHIE SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK WITH FRESH ORGANIC FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

.  One smoothie can contain 3 plus servings of fruits and veges.

Nearly all fruits can be used in smoothies as well as most vegetables including leafy greens, avocado, broccoli, zucchini, cabbage, and herbs.  Get the benefit of the fiber from all of these foods in your smoothies.

MAKE A SIDE OF VEGETABLES WITH YOUR MORNING EGGS.

Think veges and eggs together from now on.

 Microwave or sauté brussel sprouts, spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green beans, bok choy, etc.

3- LEARN ABOUT AND REDUCE PROCESSED FOODS

 Processed foods are foods that have been altered from their original state through freezing, packaging, canning, freeze drying, and adding salt, sugar, unhealthy fats, and chemicals for taste and preservation.  There are varying degrees of processing in foods and all are not bad for you.  It is not realistic to eliminate all processed foods all of the time especially if you are just beginning this journey.  Awareness of the food choices you are making and what is in those foods is the first step.   Look at the food label on everything before you buy or eat it. Try to reduce or eliminate the following commonly consumed processed foods.

FROZEN FOODS HIGH IN SODIUM - Most meals and “prepared” frozen foods are high in sodium to preserve and enhance taste and color.

PACKAGED HIGH CALORIE DESSERTS AND CHIPS – Avoid trans fats, saturated fats, high sodium and sugar, and additives.

PROCESSED MEATS

BREAKFAST CEREALS - Most have added sugar, preservatives, food coloring, and do not contain organic ingredients.

ENERGY DRINKS- Avoid those enhanced with sugar, high fructose corn syrup, food coloring, and high amounts of caffeine and Guarana.