Eating healthy made easy

By Ola Van Zyl DipNT mNTOI

Healthy eating doesn’t need to be difficult, stressful and time consuming. We can make it much simpler, easier to follow and possible to stick to in a few steps. Here’s how to do that.

1. Keep it simple.

At the forefront of each meal, remember this word: simplicity. Otherwise, it’s all too easy to sift through the dietary rules in your mind, which only leads to paralysis. Simplicity is important for rules, otherwise you’ll just be adding stress — and the whole point is to remove it! Consider foods that are easy to prepare; these are foods that can be eaten raw and digested or made via quick-cooking methods like steaming or light pan-frying. For the most part, we don’t want to be slaving over the stove all day. You won’t be able to completely avoid cooking if you want to be healthy, but save the pot roasts for Sundays. Ten minutes of prep time or cooking is long enough to steam some veggies and pan-fry a few pastured eggs. Second, we don’t need a million ingredients for a good meal. Think about spices, they add tons of antioxidants and flavors with just a few shakes.

2. Nutritious.

Let’s get real: we don’t need junk food. Not everything we want is needed. When we spend our time chasing only what we want (cupcakes and cookies), we end up wasting a lot of time. Surely, you can have your Paleo pancakes on Sunday mornings. Remember the 80/20 rule. Overall, you’re going to have a much higher quality of health and living getting what you need, so the trick is making what you need also what you want. We need to fiber, vitamins, minerals, protein, good fats, carbohydrates, antioxidants, enzymes, good bacteria and so on. These can all be found in real food. Eating food that is devoid of nutrients will catch up to you, making you tired and needing more rest time and snack breaks due to imbalanced blood sugar. Stick to what you need – fresh, real food – and you’ll have much more time on your hands in the long run.

3. Tastes great.

Let’s face it, if we are not enjoying our food, we are not going to feel compelled to eat it, regardless of how healthy it makes us. Even if we force ourselves to eat it through ration and reason, a little piece of our souls will feel dead if we are not enjoying the sacred experience of eating. It’s a blessing to be able to eat food; especially nutrient-dense real food, so be grateful for that! Gratitude for food will bring you to a good place about eating healthfully. Now let’s satisfy those taste buds. Don’t force yourself to eat something you don’t enjoy. The best way around this is to stick to the healthy foods you do like and start from there. After that, I encourage experimentation. Look up recipes on your free time. Thanks to the Internet and nice people, there are tons of very easy and simple recipes completely accessible to us. Utilize this by looking up a new recipe a few times a week and giving it a try. The more you experiment, the better chance you have of creating a nice foundational diet of nutritious and simple meals.

4. Non-foods.

These are pretty obvious. We all know junk food can be tasty, but it’s simply not healthy, and it’s usually loaded with inflammatory ingredients like canola oil, sugar and other additives. These are your processed foods, your fast foods, and the majority of foods that come in boxes, cans and packages – aside from a few health food staples like coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, nut butters and so on. We’re working to remove additives from our diet, so if the food has an additive, it’s an additive. It’s likely not a food essential to your diet, so take it out to make more space for healthy real food, better digestion and time to live your life!

5. Healthy junk foods.

Just because it says it’s gluten-free doesn’t make it healthy. Chances are it’s very unhealthy. The foods that are essential to your well-being are naturally gluten-free. These include pastured animal products, wild-caught seafood, vegetables, herbs, fruits, nuts and seeds.Just beware of the companies capitalizing on labels like “gluten-free” and “natural” and pushing chemical-filled products. Use your judgment and stick to whole food snacks such as sprouted nuts and seeds, veggie sticks and berries when on the go


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