Back in college when I started by food journey, I actually believed I was being healthy based solely on the fact that I was cooking. I had no real concern of the ingredients that I was using in my meals – some of those ingredients would be processed and the rest just produce from my grocery store. As I learned more about food and how we should use it to fuel and heal our bodies and not just FEED our bodies, it became apparent that the ingredients we use when cook are just as important. Real food is the key with minimal processed foods. They are the foundation – the building blocks to any healthy meal. I know when you are trying eat healthier it can be quite overwhelming, there are tons of questions –
- Where do I start?
- What do I buy?
- How do I know if this is good for me?
The list can go on and on, but it doesn’t have to. Through my journey, I have learned that change doesn’t have to be overwhelming you just need a starting point. Here are 8 simple changes that you can make to help get you started – and you don’t have to do this all overnight.
The MIDDLEMAN is that guy who gets you the goods you need directly from the source. He does all of the work and you just shell out the cash for the goods. You are definitely paying the middleman more money versus if you just went directly to the source yourself.
When I speaking of the middleman, I simply means the grocery store, food manufactures, or anything that puts you further away from the REAL food source. Think about it, the grocery store does all of the work for you – you just go in find what you need and then buy it. The part that is left out is the SOURCE– where the heck did this come from? You just can’t go up to the farmer to see how the food was grown or to the manufacturer to see how your favorite sauce was made.
It just doesn’t work like.
Currently we live in a time where processed foods rule – it’s convenient and cheap. Processed foods = foods that has all the nutrients sucked out and toxins pumped back into the food in order to increase the shelf life. Fresh foods typically don’t last that long but they carry all of the nutrients are bodies need. When you cut of the middleman, it gets you closer to the source from where your food comes from – which is more beneficial to your overall health. You gain wonderful benefits once you cut out the middleman, like the ones below:
Eating healthy food doesn’t have to blow up your budget. Before you dive into this post speak these aloud. Repeat one more time.
Let those words sink in.
I hear it all the time, people equating eating healthy with spending a lot of cash. That simply is not true and definitely a MYTH. It does not take lot of cash to start eating healthy; it just requires you to do things a little different.
My journey to making healthier food choices has been one of progression nothing over night. I have realized that cooking more with fresh foods versus cooking with processed foods is actually cheaper. Don’t be fooled into thinking that because you want to make healthier food choices you are breaking the bank. There are ways that you can have a healthy lifestyle when it comes to food without doing so. Here are some ways to keep money in your pocket:
With summer upon us we want to make sure that we protect our skin from sun exposure. We tend to spend more time outdoors at the park, exercising,.festivals, the beach, amusement parks, and the list can go on. It is always good to protect your skin if you plan to be out in the sun for long periods of time. The summer time has some excellent sources of food that can aid in the protection against the sun. Here are some summer foods that will give you some added protection while you are out enjoying the sun.