- Eat breakfast daily, preferably with a good balance of protein, carbs and fat. - Try to eat organic when it's not prohibitively expensive. - Shop the "outside aisles" at the store & only go down the center aisles to get a few key things - mostly for flavor (spices, condiments, tomato sauce, etc.) - or cleaning supplies - Buy things with ingredients I can easily pronounce & identify, and don't buy things with ingredients that I cannot pronounce (BTW: I like Wegmans store brand for this - they tend to use very simple ingredients and not a lot of preservatives & "cr@p" & not too expensive usually) - Buy low-fat/non-fat versions of high-calorie foods ONLY if they have decent texture and flavor and are not loaded with chemicals, otherwise just use less of the full-fat stuff - i.e., I buy cheese made with 2% milk, low-fat (but non non-fat) sour cream, low-fat yogurt, skim milk, etc. are good stuff. - Fat-free and/or sugar-free "treats" are usually nasty & not worth the money or calories - better to have a small amount of the real thing instead - Make your own whenever you can - homemade cookies, breads, brownies, etc. are so much better, AND you control what goes into them. And you can substitute apple sauce for oil... or whatever other substitutions float your boat. - Drink water, tea or coffee (caffeinated stuff in the morning only if you have trouble sleeping)- juice (including the alcoholic sort), soft drinks and sports drinks are occasional treats, not every day beverages - DO NOT purchase large bags/boxes of "trigger foods" and expect to be able to resist! If you must have them, purchase such items in single serving packages.
That last one is very important for me to remember, because I do get into trouble whenever I forget!
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Love Michael Pollan and his common sense, back to basics approach with food. One of his core food rules is: Eat food (not food-like substances your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food), mostly plants and not too much.
How simple, yet RADICAL that idea is!
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This was shared on another team, thought it was worth sharing here.
Food Rules By Leanne Ely, C.N.C. Dear Friends,
One of my heroes, Michael Pollan, recently wrote a book on his food rules. I read a review of his book and started to laugh. So many of these have been my “food rules” for a long time!
I thought about all I’ve been talking about for all these years and decided to drill it down to a few “rules”. What the heck? I’ve done “top ten” lists for over ten years and made lists about other stuff that was either good or bad or indifferent. Why NOT throw out a few rules? So here goes, Leanne’s 10 Rules for Consuming Food.
1) One ingredient foods are always safe to consume. For example, apples, sweet potatoes, spinach, salmon. These are all one ingredient foods.
2) If you cannot pronounce the ingredients, you shouldn’t eat it. Yeah, I know I’ve said this 100 times. It’s worth saying again. Besides, I know you have no idea what di-sodium phosphate has to do with food (but it could be in your breakfast cereal).
3) If your teenaged son’s sports drink is the same color as toilet bowl cleaner or antifreeze, it’s not a good thing to consume.
4) If your great grandmother ate it, it’s probably okay for you to eat it, too.
5) Drink just water when you go out to dinner. Everything else is too expensive, too caloric and you don’t need it.
6) Sodas of any kind, suck up your money, your health and put on the weight, regardless of whether or not they’re full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup or are sugar free. They are the enemy.
7) Juice needs to be drunk sparingly; it’s concentrated calories. Tread carefully.
8) Eat your veggies. Lots of them. Seasonal, fresh or frozen and avoid the canned variety—full of salt.
9) Eat as colorfully as possible. Salads should look like a rainbow and not contain Iceberg lettuce, which is nearly worthless nutritionally.
10) To afford to eat food worthy of consuming, eat only quality, real food and eat less of it.
You know, I could probably do 20 of these but I’m going to stop right here. What are your rules for eating healthfully? Have you thought about it? Do you eat like your life depends on your food or do you eat like it’s your last meal?
If you stop the insanity of merely filling the void in your stomach and begin to take responsibility for your food choices, you’ll begin to feel empowered. It starts with understanding how food will truly impact your life. Take pause before you fill up with just anything and think instead about nurturing the body you were divinely given.
Love, Leanne www.savingdinner.com
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