There are so many conflicting opinions on what people should be eating to stay healthy. Even the experts disagree, which can cause confusion for average folks like you and me. When I’m in doubt, I defer to the Mayo Clinic, which you will notice features heavily in this series. To maintain overall good health, they recommend a diet that limits sugary and processed foods and is rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, and healthy fats, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in certain types of fish, flaxseed, and other foods.
We need to go back to the basics with our nutrition!
Health Tip #4: Try to Avoid Eating Processed Food
Of course, so much of our food is processed, so how can we avoid it? Well, some food is processed for convenience, such as fruit in its own juices. Others have hidden sodium, fats, and sugar. When it comes to fueling our bodies, we need to make smart choices and not decide what to eat based on taste alone. Try to cook at home as often as possible so that you know exactly what is going into your food, stick to simple and healthy ingredients as often as possible, and always try to make the best choices for your long-term health versus your short-term happiness. I firmly believe that our happiness should come from our family, friends, and life passions and not from our food!
What is your favourite processed food alternative? I like baked chicken strips seasoned with panko crumbs.