Now, I should probably confess that I genuinely ENJOY eating healthy. I am one of those people who actually gets excited when I see things like brown rice, tempeh, and kale on the menu. With that said, I do not eat every single meal in a vegan, macrobiotic restaurant (though I would sorta, kinda love that).
Living a healthy, upgraded life is not about being perfect all the time and impeccable with your food choices. Upgraded living is about making the best choices in each moment that will enhance your experience of yourself and your life. You may be surprised at how easy it is to make those kinds of upgraded choices without even ‘minding’ it. You may even love it!
Please note, that I am speaking about eating for HEALTH – not necessarily ‘weight loss’. It is my personal belief, based on my own experience, that when you figure out how to make your body as healthy and high-functioning as possible, the weight loss starts to take care of itself.
So here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite easy-breezy, no-big-whoop, simple ways to eat for HEALTH:
Choose olive oil over butter.
Drink wine instead of hard liquor.
Start with a salad – or have a side-order of vegetables as an appetizer.
Buy organic whenever possible.
If it contains the word ‘hydrogenated’, ditch it.
If it contains ‘high-fructose corn-syrup’, ditch it.
Eat brown rice instead of white.
Purchase the whole-grain version of your favorite chips, wraps, breads, pastas, etc.
Dip more veggies than chips in your hummus, guac, bean dip, etc.
Eat high-quality dark chocolate with more than 70% cocoa (I eat some every single day of my life. Yes. Chocolate every day).
Load your salads with beans and vegetables.
Choose avocado or guacamole instead of cheese and/or creamy salad dressings.
Try not to purchase or eat anything with more than 9 grams of sugar per serving.
Switch to decaf (or at least stop drinking caffeine after lunch).
There are so many more, of course, but these have easily become second-nature to me. How about you? What are your favorite ways to “healthify” your meals? What is one healthy food that used to seem weird to you, but is now just another part of your life? Please leave your comments below!