Looking to make healthier choices without pretending you like raw kale? I spent sometime today talking over health and healing with a friend. Below are some ideas we went over.
1. Coconut oil. This isn’t a trend or band wagon deal. Yes, it’s all over Pinterest but believe me, the smarter people have been using this stuff for decades. The trend will fade but the benefits remain! If you aren’t sure on how to incorporate this oil into your daily routine, just think of it as your new everything. Use it to saute or cook veggies. Throw it into your shake. Drizzle it over a bowl of spaghetti squash. Make your own pesto. DIY mayo. I slather it onto my burgers . . . but that’s me.
2. WATER. Eh, I’m kind of over the “8 glasses a day” mantra. Aim to drink half your body weight in ounces. HOWEVER, save your water for between meals. Guzzling a glass of water while eating will slow down digestion (not in a good way) and decrease stomach acid. Acid is a good thing. God made our bellies to be acidic for a reason, namely to break down food. Low stomach acid leads to heart burn and undigested particles that can ferment and feed bad bacteria. Food can and will rot in our bellies. We want to do everything to prevent the rot.
3. Kerrygold Butter. Grass fed butter is a superfood. Those cows have hugely beneficial bacteria and share them with us via their milk. If you have a dairy intolerance, consider using ghee instead. Don’t buy into America’s fat phobia. We like our bacon and we love out fat. Be sure to invest in good quality fats. Your belly and brain will thank you (not you mention your metabolism, skin, hair and nails).
4. Cut out sugar. Just do it. You aren’t missing out on anything. Be balanced . . . don’t over spiritualize food and create some greater power by being “better” than others. Eyes on your own plate. Enjoy sweets when sweets are due. But seriously, on the daily basis, cut that stuff out. It isn’t doing anything for your body other than slowing your healing down. When baking, look for raw honey, grade B maple syrup or even a mashed banana. And then look to cut the called for amount in half.
5. Educate yourself about food. Would you put crappy gas into your new car? Why put scary food into your body? It isn’t like you can trade it in. Spend some time reading blogs, books, and even listening to podcasts that catch your interest. Some of my favorite blogs (from an nutritionally educational stand point are below). Be well this 2014!!
– Chris Kresser http://chriskresser.com/
– Balanced Bites http://balancedbites.com/
– The Paleo Mom http://www.thepaleomom.com/
– Weston A Price. http://www.westonaprice.org/
– The Healthful Pursuit http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/