Hey there, I’ll get straight to the point. Probably the most important thing we can do every day is eat, and you know just as well as I do how hard and expensive it can be to eat healthy. For the longest time, the last thing on my mind was food, and I would literally wait until my stomach sounded like the first verse of a Slipknot song to eat something.
Today, lets talk about an affordable start to improving nutrition and nourishment in order to overcome never-ending negativity.
I’m Matt from Strength And Sound, and this is Healthy Bite.
Forming A Future-Friendly Foundation
Ok lets get serious. Switching the normal foods you consume is possibly one of the hardest things to do, but the rewards are longevity, better social awareness, and personal confidence. The key to success is the key to a healthy pantry.
Foods and snacks that are considered to be part of a healthy diet usually fall into one of four main groups, which are vegetarian, paleo, vegan, and gluten-free diets.
Most vegetarian diets don’t include meat, poultry, or fish, but some actually vary depending on the overall desired benefits. If you are trying to follow this diet, then a good start would be with fresh produce, beans, seeds, nuts, and whole grains. A good substitute for meats would be soy products like temp eh, and tofu.
Fresh fruits are a must, and for oils, try extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and other nut oils, and if you want, add eggs and dairy products like milk and cheeses made from rennet.
Following a vegan diet requires avoiding foods derived from animals, such as meats and seafood, eggs, dairy products and honey. Sugar and vitamin D, which fortify foods, usually are not included either depending on where the ingredients are sourced from or what ingredients were added during production.
Vegan diets are not too different from vegetarian diets. Beans and legumes, nutritional yeast, and fresh produce are your main choice, but no dairy products. You can substitute dairy products like milk and cheese with almond milk, coconut milk, and many types of cheese.
Personally this is my favorite diet, with an emphasis on lean meats and seafood, fruits and veggies, and nuts and seeds. Stick with organic frozen vegetables, organic riced cauliflower, and unsweetened frozen fruits. Just in case you need a quick meal, it would be a good idea to keep canned fish like salmon, sardines, and tuna.
A good way to give your cooking some flavor would be using condiments like coconut aminos, spices, herbs, fish sauce, and vinegar. Ginger, garlic, scallions, and citrus are good additions to keep around. Replace your grains with veggie alternatives like spiraled veggie noodles and riced cauliflower, which can usually both be found with fresh produce.
So what is gluten any way? Gluten is the mixture of pieces of protein found in normal cereal grains such as wheat, rye and barley. In some cases soy sauce, vinegar and blue cheese may also contain gluten. When you see “gluten free” on the label, then that means the food or supplement must meet FDA requirements, and this is regulated by the FDA.
Always make sure what ever it is you are buying has the gluten free label on it. Avoiding gluten is important if you want long term strength, and a long term youthful appearance. Activities are just as important to our nutrition as well.
Down In A Hole, Can You Dig It?
When days are rough, and life just keeps weighing me down, I feel like I get stuck in a hole that only gets deeper with every little task I push back or put on hold. Keeping up a steady momentum is as hard as it has always been, and I don’t know about you, but for me, time flies by like an F-22 when I’m down.
Now I know, my biggest distraction, my heaviest burden, is ME. Our minds are so incredibly complicated and powerful, and negativity can take control of you from a single thought. Staying positive and active will bring you not only success, but also inner peace, and in order to do that, you must first nourish your body with positive sustenance.
Ever since I’ve changed my diet, things have been great. I’m even growing my own vegetables, and I love it. Digging and working an area behind house into a quality producing vegetable garden isn’t as hard as I thought it would be, and would encourage you to give it a shot.
Once you get used to a better diet, you will begin to realize that you are both happier and stronger, and things that used to be difficult or take long to accomplish will be nothing for you to take care of.