May is Eat Fresh Food month! Experience the benefits of eating fresh, unprocessed foods, losing weight, feeling great and curing a wide variety of ailments and issues in our bodies… All it takes is better quality and less quantity of the foods we choose.
As the nation battles an obesity epidemic and a hard-to-break taste for oversweetened and oversalted dishes, the lesson is clear: as a nation, we need to start making fresh produce available to everyone and we need to start eating lower calorie, fresh foods full of flavor and nutrients.
Here are few reasons why you should eat fresh food:
1. Eating fresh food will improve and maintain your health – You know how you feel after eating a double cheeseburger and large fries… tired and stuffed. Eating fresh food keeps your body healthy, your energy high and you look better too.
2. Eating fresh food is enjoyable – It’s fun to create healthy meals and feels great to consume nutritious foods and provide those types of foods to your friends and family. It’s no harder to cook with healthy food than it is to cook with unhealthy food.
3. Eating fresh food is friendly to the environment – When you try to eat uncooked food or minimally cooked food, you are not using much energy to cook, so it’s environment-friendly. It’s also a great way to support your local famers and businesses.
Here are some easy ways to start making healthy changes to your diet this month:
GET MORE GREENS in your diet. We all know, or all should know, that dark leafy greens are among the super foods at the top of the healthy foods chart. You may ask, what are dark leafy greens? Kale, collard greens, spinach, parsley, lettuces and other types of green veggies like broccoli, celery, and leeks to name a few. Basically, they’re good for you and you need to get them in. They are super high in nutrients. For example – 100 calories of broccoli, lettuce, and kale ALL have MORE PROTEIN, IRON, and CALCIUM than 100 calories of steak. Not to mention that they have all kinds of fiber and no cholesterol. Raw or steamed are the best ways to prepare indoors, but in the summer, I actually grill a lot of veggies.
HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE. Drinking water seems so simple and easy, and yet the majority of people aren’t drinking enough. The benefits are innumerable and too important to miss. I love having a glass of warm lemon water in the morning and carrying around my water hack with all throughout the day to make sure I’m
SKIP THE PROCESSED FOODS. While adding fresh foods into your diet is important, it is also vitally important that you seek to remove processed foods from your cupboards and their scary ingredients. Filled with chemicals, preservatives, sugar, artificial colors and flavors — it’s nothing you want in your body.
EAT BREAKFAST. If you typically skip breakfast in the morning (or any meal at that), now it you time to break that habit. When you skip meals, it impacts your energy and mood, as well as throwing off the delicate balance our bodies strive to maintain. Plus, starting your day with a healthy meal kickstarts your metabolism for the day!