Dr. Foodle gets it; it’s not always clear what’s healthy and what isn’t. So much of what we eat is nutritionally lacking and loaded with unnecessary fats and sugars. With these easy tips, it’ll be easy to make the healthier choice every day. Remember: life is about moderation. A delicious meal on a special occasion is always great, but practicing healthy eating habits are essential to a healthy and happy life.
Vegetables come in all shades of colour, and while most people don’t think about it, the particular hue of your favorite veggie can give you a lot of information about how healthy it is. Typically, the darker the colour, the healthier the vegetable. Let’s take a look at romaine lettuce and kale. Romaine lettuce isn’t bad for you; it’s got some fibre in it and a marginal amount of nutrients, but it doesn’t really give your body anything it needs. It’s just there. Kale, on the other hand, is dense in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, and has a good amount of protein in it. Romaine lettuce is light in colour and leafy, while kale is a rich, dark green and a bit tougher. From beets to celery, the darker the colour, the more it’s packing.
There’s no way to get around this; processed sugar, in pretty much any amount, is terrible for you. Sweet, delicious white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, the industry standard sweetener, offer no nutritional benefits and your liver can’t process it, so your body just turns it into fat. The problem is that sugar makes everything tasty, so it ends up in everything – and I mean everything. For example, many store-bought salad dressings and peanut butters contain large amounts of added sugar. These added sugars are totally unnecessary and are only there to make you crave certain products at the cost of your health.
Grocery stores all over the world are pretty much set up in the same way; baked goods on one end, produce and veggies on the other, meats at the back with rows and rows of ready-made goods in between. Ready-made goods, all the chips, frozen pizzas, bright boxes, of cereal and pre-made sauces rely on the combination of salty, sweet, and fat to trigger an addictive sensation on your tongue. By buying nothing but produce, some baked goods, and basic proteins, you are controlling what enters your body. Ready-made goods want you to buy their product over and over, not to provide for what your body needs. So when you’re shopping next, stick to the outside and you’ll make the healthy choice.
White rice, a food staple across the globe, is actually pretty nutritionally lacking. In fact, after generations of selective breeding, we’ve made a plant that produces a grain pretty similar to sugar. When white rice hits your stomach, it instantly turns into a form of sugar. So, instead of using white rice in your favorite stir-fries or curries, thinking about switching to quinoa, which is nutritionally dense, brown rice, or other whole grains that give your body more than just sugar.
Only drinking water is the more significant change you can make to your diet right now. Your body is designed to drink water and lots of it, not super sweet fizzy drinks. While coffee and tea are fine on their own, adding sugar and cream to those drinks make them just as bad as soda. Fruit juices, store-bought smoothies, and vitamin waters might look healthy, but look at those labels and you’ll see a tremendous amount of sugar in each one. The safest and healthiest decision is to just stick to H20.