I have heard that it is easier for people to change their religion than to make life long healthy changes to their diet. Sounds kind of crazy doesn't it? Are you sick of feeling sick and tired? Does food really matter? I believe it does. It can be very overwhelming for a person to make a complete personal health revolution. It is difficult cutting out foods, adding foods, beginning an exercise program. I believe the key here is to start out slow with no hard rules. Begin to visualize yourself as strong and healthy.
If there is one thing you can do today to start your journey towards total health, I would say begin by adding foods to your diet that are natural, fresh and raw. Nature made food for us packed full of the enzymes and nutrients we need to keep our bodies running smoothly. Foods that are processed are nutrient draining to our bodies instead of life giving. Your body is the only one you will be given in your lifetime. Begin by stocking your kitchen for success.
Green foods meet our nutrition needs the most. They are the perfect food to nourish cells, prevent disease, keep us lean and energized. once you begin adding these nutrient rich foods to your diet, your taste buds will reawaken and begin to love your new eating style. You will begin to crave more fresh greens and fruits while being less tempted to grab that bag of chips. Try a variety of new greens. Some of the most nutrient wise are
Arugula, beet greens, bok choy, cabbage, chard, collard greens, dandelion greens, kale, spinach.
Soon the farmers markets will be open again. Choosing fresh locally harvested organic foods will be easier. When we do not have access to farmers markets, the next best choice would be natural food stores like Outpost. Remember,processed foods with additives not only have zero nutritional value, they are also filled with toxins to increase your chances of illness. People are stuffed full of nutrient depleted foods but are still under nourished. Our bodies are screaming for nutrition. Let's start by adding some. You will feel the benefits, not in months or weeks but within days of cutting out unhealthy "junk" food and adding life giving foods.
I just read a quote I wrote down in my notebook from Chef Russell James, a raw food chef, that went something like this- "It's easy to change when you are in pain. The challenge is sustaining change when comfort creeps back in"
Good luck trying out new greens this week. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.