Eating Healthy, Right?

They say you should get three servings of fish per week, I guess this makes one…….

Ok,  no one is going to be foolish enough to think eating goldfish crackers is healthy, but what some would be surprised to find out is that actual fish in many of the ways it is prepared today offers practically no more nutritional value than those little finned snacks!

It’s true.  Processed frozen fish – (fish sticks, etc) have virtually none of the omega 3 or the vitamins and minerals of the fresh caught variety.  So counting them as a healthy food selection is sadly misinformed. 

This is only one example of how our modern diet shortchanges us of healthy nutrition.  Everything from mega-farming techniques and their depleted soils, to modern food processing methods, to the way we prepare our meals often has a negative effect.

I think we’ve also lost our sense of “natural taste” for foods the way nature intended them.  At the very least this normal appreciation has been warped a little bit.  Ask youself the following:

When you prepare a salad what type of lettuce do you use?  Is it that big round white iceberg variety?  From a nutritional standpoint this is the worst selection.  Almost no nutritional value.  Go for romaine, green leaf, or something with substance.

Do you always first peel your cucumbers?  You’ve just stripped them of 90% of their vitamins and phytonutrients.  What else have you included in the bowl?  I think that a healthy salad should be a kaleidoscope of colors and textures, with things like broccoli, spinace, onions, peppers, collard greens, mushrooms and tomatoes.  These will not only help you to lose weight, but they will preserve your immunity and fight off cancer and other nasty diseases.  Kinda the reason why you made a salad to begin with right?

By the way, when you prepare a salad in its “wild untamed state” 🙂  it is not as perishable so you can make a large batch of it to have for 3 or 4 days….

How about deserts?  I’ve noticed many highly esteemed chefs preparing deserts with blueberries or strawberries then sprinkling sugar on them liberally.  What does this tell us?  We have obviously lost the appreciation of the actual flavor of these berrys if we have to doctor up the taste.  No big deal I guess but Westerners eat waaaaaay too much sugar….

I have always thought that eating healthy is just as enjoyable as eating –the other way.   But since we’ve been doing it one way all our lives it takes a small indoctrinating period to develop the appreciation again.  I’ve posted some useful ideas for you to ease into the transition, you can find them here  You don’t have to make any radical changes, just a steady tweakin is all it takes.

Hope I’ve been of help and here’s to your health!

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About Warren Dostie

Fitness trainer, author and avid anti-aging specialist. Age 55
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