I know you have heard me say it before: eating healthy does not have to be hard or time-consuming. It should be a gradual process of adding more healthy habits into your life, while consequently making less room for the habits that don’t benefit you. I wanted to share with you the four easy habits I am currently focusing on to eat better and stay healthy:
Chew, Chew, Chew
Digestion begins in your mouths when the food comes into contact with saliva. Chewing your food completely will help break down your food and bring more nutrients into your cells. Taking the time to fully chew your food will also reduce your likelihood of overeating and may result in you eating fewer calories.
Vary your grains
Whole unrefined grains are rich in nutrients and boost your energy. However, most of us eat way too much wheat and not enough buckwheat, quinoa, millet, oats, rye, spelt, amaranth, and barley. There are so many grains that offer us an array of benefits with a hodgepodge of flavors. Millet is gluten-free and high in iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and the B vitamins. Millet can be cooked creamy or fluffy and take on a sweet flavor with dried fruit and honey or savory flavor with herbs and garlic. Quinoa is a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids with a fluffy, crunchy texture and mild nutty flavor. Quinoa is also gluten-free and can be used in place of breakfast cereal, rice, pasta, or use quinoa flour in baking. Experiment with grains other than wheat to get all the taste and benefits grains have to offer. Get started with my garlic and rosemary millet mash or avocado and red pepper quinoa.
Raw foods have not been cooked, boiled, stewed, steamed, microwaved, frozen, baked or grilled. They are in their original state and saturated with food enzymes, which can’t survive cooked conditions. Food enzymes are important because they help us breakdown our food, increase nutrient absorption, balance our metabolism, improve digestive health and provide us with energy. The more raw foods we eat, the more food enzymes we consume and the more vibrant and alive we feel.
Flavor with herbs and spices
Herbs and spices are a painless, nutritious, and a flavorsome addition to our food. They can be loaded with antioxidant and offer an assortment of benefits. For example, turmeric appears to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. Ginger may relieve nausea, boost our immune system, and fight off cancer. Cinnamon offers anti-microbial benefits, keeps you focused, contributes to a healthy gut, and may be an aphrodisiac for men.
Talk to you soon!