The number of food and diet fads around today is enough to make anyone’s head spin. Moreover, a great many of them are full of bogus recommendations and confusing advice.
Still, everyone wants to be healthy, so… what are we missing?
The simple fact is that we already know how to eat healthily. The trick is to keep it natural, make your portions size reasonable, don’t eat too much of anything, but also don’t ban yourself from certain fats, carbs etc. Well, unless you have a genuine medical reason.
To avoid confusion and help you eat delicious food with full peace of mind, here are a few top ideas to keep your meals healthy and natural:
1) Know Your Produce
Produce that comes from factory farms, which process foods unethically, is likely to be lower in nutrients and might possibly contain chemicals and hormones.
Sticking to organic produce from farmers who are able to fully explain and justify their methods is the perfect start. Not only are you guaranteeing yourself a healthier meal, but you’re also buying more flavorsome ingredients and supporting ethical farming.
If more people did this, mass-produced, unethical farming would be less commercially viable. And you really will taste the difference! Besides, the nutritional value of good-quality meat and vegetables makes it far easier to regulate your diet.
2) Make Your Own Food From Scratch
There’s nothing wrong with a hamburger once in a while. Making your own hamburgers is satisfying and tends to produce a far tastier result than shop-bought burgers. It’s also often cheaper!
Just as importantly, if you make your own hamburger, you know exactly what went into it. People talk about ‘processed meat’ with caution, but a hamburger isn’t necessarily processed; it’s just fresh ground beef. Shop-bought alternatives may use binding agents and other things for flavor, as well as preservatives.
The same is true for produce across the board. The fewer steps between the farm and your kitchen, the better.
3) Shop Fresh
Similarly, fresh vegetables will generally be better quality than canned or even pre-chopped vegetables. If you’re able to spend a little more at the store for fresh produce, you will enjoy the healthiest, tastiest meal possible.
Canned goods also frequently need preservatives, which can be simple and harmless. On the other hand, being in control of exactly what’s going onto your plate is still the best way to look after your diet.
4) Source Local Ingredients
In some cases, acquiring produce from naturally occurring regions means you’ll be getting the healthiest, tastiest version available. This isn’t a hard and fast rule: buying locally is always preferable for produce in general. If it hasn’t traveled far, that means it’s likely to be fresh.
However, some foods suit certain climates. If you see a surprising point of origin on a package label, ask yourself why it would come from there. If there’s a lovely chicken farm up the road but the store-bought packaged chicken was born 5,000 miles away, it’s best to get back in the car and shop at the farm.
5) Read the Ingredients
Always, always – read the ingredients. If you know what you’re eating, you’re in control. You can eat meat, eggs, vegetables in thousands of dazzling combinations. Some can be fatty, some can be carb-heavy, some can be sugary desserts – and that’s fine in moderation. But reading labels and keeping a record of the sodium, sugar, and fats you take in every week will make a difference.
Enjoy Eating Right
Keeping an eye on your health is absolutely natural, but so is enjoying your food! Nothing too much, nothing too little, and find joy in learning to prepare delicious recipes from natural, beautiful ingredients.