How to Eat Healthy

The question of how to eat healthy is one that almost everyone will contemplate at one time or another.

The old adage, you are what you eat is a very good diet guideline.

(Actually, the more correct way to say that is, 'you are what you absorb'. And this is where, aside from food, things like cleansing/detox, attitude and exercise can be important)

If eat healthy, vibrant and alive foods you will be healthy, vibrant and alive. If you eat artificial and lifeless foods you will be ... well, you get the idea. What choices will you make?

What's in the Stores Today?

Walk into any big city supermarket today and you will see the vast amount of packaged and processed foods being sold and a lack of healthy food choices. The awareness of how to eat healthy just isn't there.

Go a step further and read the ingredients on those packages. It is easy to see that the contents of those boxes and cans is made up of a long list of unrecognizable items and potentially harmful ingredients.

You vote with your money and the stores pay attention to what you are buying. If you choose to leave behind the genetically modified, chemically laden packages and make healthier choices the stores will be forced to stock up on those healthier choices.

What is a Healthy Choice?

If it came from Nature, go for it, if it came from a factory, leave it on the shelf. Look at any animal in Nature, they know how to eat healthy.

Get into the produce aisle and add to your diet some fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Experiment and try some of the healthy fruits and vegetables that you have never tried before. Challenge yourself to stay out of those middle aisles.

Making healthy choices is also important when you are away from home. Read my blog post here on healthy eating while travelling.

Eat Local and In Season

Also very important when thinking about how to eat healthy is to eat foods local to your area and to eat the foods that are in season.

Nowadays in a big city supermarket you can get almost any food from anywhere in the world at any time. But is this good?

In Nature, different things grow on different places on the planet and at different times of year for a reason. The animals that live in that area are supposed to have those certain foods at those certain times ... humans included.

Straying away from this, and eating all sorts of exotic and out of season foods is not healthy. A little treat now and again is one thing but if most of your fresh foods are coming from far away and are out of their natural season this will contribute to you also feeling distant, disconnected and not in tune with where you are. Sound familiar?

Another very good reason to eat locally is that a huge amount of global resources goes into getting those exotic and imported foods into your local market. The health of our planet and the effect of over-using its resources is an important consideration.

Eating local and in season will keep you more grounded, focused and in tune with where you are now.

Avoid GMO Food

In terms of how to eat healthy, avoiding GMO foods is huge!

GMO stands for genetically modified food. This is food that has been altered at the genetic level. Messing with Nature like this is a dangerous game to play!

GM (genetically modified) foods are no longer in their natural state. The potential for GM foods to damage the health of our bodies and of the planet is huge.

This has become a big problem nowadays as there is now quite a lot of GM foods on the market. Many products are still not required to label if something is, or contains a GM food. So, unless you are proactive and do your own research you may not even know that you are buying and ingesting GM foods.

You may be surprised to know that many of the packaged foods on the store shelves contain GM ingredients.

Use this downloadable non-GMO shopping guide to help you as you shop. In it you will plenty of helpful information as well as a list of many brands that are non-GMO.

How to Make Healthy Eating Changes

The key to learning how to eat healthy is balance and making changes slowly. Big changes are usually harder to sustain for the long term so go slowly, always be gentle with yourself and give your body time to adjust to your new healthier choices.

This is not about giving up all the packaged junk food overnight. If there are things that you enjoy and are not ready to give up, don't. Instead, pick something else to give up that is easier or don't give up anything at all right now. Choose to add in a healthy food choice instead of taking something away. Pick a change that you are ready to make and do it.

How about adding in one green juice every day? Or an organic salad? Or a piece of fruit in the morning before anything else?

These healthy choices don't have to be grand, many little changes over time makes a brand new person in the long run. You are the artist creating the work of art that is you, and the brush strokes are the choices you make each day.

I have designed a 'make a healthy choice program' that helps you to incorporate healthy choices, try it for yourself and see what you think. Learning about the most detrimental parts of our modern diet (Standard American Diet or SAD diet) will show you the most important things to avoid and this may help you to decide what changes towards healthy food choices you want to make first.

It's Not Just About the Food

It is not only important to be aware of what you are eating but how you are eating. Think about;

  • The time of day when you eat
  • Food combining principles
  • Attitude while eating
  • How full is your stomach after eating
  • How do you feel after eating

Like mentioned earlier, you are what you absorb (not just what you eat). How you eat plays a big role in understanding some tips for better digestion (ie absorption).

I, personally, feel the best when I am eating a raw food diet which consists of whole fresh ripe raw fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. I start my day with a healthy choice of a fresh green juice and then after that every day is different.

I have fun creating healthy food recipes (mostly raw and vegan) and I choose to eat instinctively, tuning in and seeing what it is my body is asking for.

What about Water

Water is a very important part of a healthy diet. Drinking enough water is a crucial part of your overall holistic health.

Along with drinking enough water it is important to get enough water from high water content foods which are raw, organic fruits and vegetables.

Click here to read more about drinking enough water and for an abundance of information and tips on water as well as some great homemade flavored water recipes.

Oh... Those Cravings

What do we do about cravings? As you practice how to eat healthy, you will find that cravings can often be satisfied by healthy food choices that are also nutritious.

But while transitioning away from bad eating habits constant cravings can be a challenge.

First, make sure you are staying hydrated all day long and then no matter what else you are eating be sure to keep adding in the really great nourishing foods.  The more you are well hydrated and the more nourishing foods you are eating the less cravings will have a hold on you.

Then, as you continue on, keep looking for healthier food substitutions for anything you are still craving.

You may be surprised at all the healthy choices out there that taste amazing and are good for you. Aligning yourself with how to eat healthy can be fun and enjoyable.

Keep Moving Forward

I realize that becoming healthier and remembering how to eat healthy can be very challenging. Every one of us is on a unique journey, each person's pace is different and each person has different things to learn in this life.

Know that you are loved and know that you are not alone. Please continue to try your very best to make healthy choices .. you are worth it! 

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