Eating Healthy For Beginners

Eating Healthy For Beginners

Eating Healthy for BeginnersEating healthy is something that everyone wants, but it seems as if everyone struggles with. How could we not in a world laden with processed food that has more chemicals in it than some science experiments? Eating healthy for beginners is just the basics, and is something that everyone should learn. 

 

The way I do it is quite simple. If I can’t pronounce, let alone actually know, over half of the ingredients, then it’s not healthy. That does not mean you should look it up on your phone so you can buy that pack of temptation and consume it in one sitting. Believe me, I’ve done that and it never ends well. 

 

Eating Healthy For Beginners

 

Tip # 1:

Try to stay with as much whole foods as possible. Fruits and vegetable are the missing staples of a standard Western diet, and french fries do no count. The reason shall be revealed in the next tip. If fresh foods go bad on you, then definitely buy frozen. I have frozen blueberries, strawberries, and a vegetable medley waiting for a time when I just don’t feel like cooking from fresh.

 

Tip # 2:

Stay away from oil. That yummy deep fried goodness is just asking to be stored as belly fat. I have a saying that I picked up from a doctor somewhere and it is, “From my lips to my hips, the excess fat I eat is the fat I wear.” I find this to be very accurate. I admit that I go on junk food binges, and I can practically feel the fat being stored. 

 

Eating Healthy for BeginnersTip # 3:

Eat lots of fruit. I’ve heard on so many occasions that sugar isn’t good for you, or it turns to fat inside your body, or it makes you fat. I think that last one is ridiculous. If sugar made you fat, then wouldn’t it be called fat? Processed sugar is no good for you. That I understand, but when you add natural fiber to said sugar, like that in an apple or banana, it’s the best thing for you. Did you know that your brain runs on glucose? 

 

Tips # 4:

Ditch the dairy. Did you know that up to 65% of the world’s population has some form of lactose intolerance. It’s because our bodies were not designed to process milk out of infancy, let alone milk from an entirely different species. It’s also very addictive as dairy has a compound called casomorphins which comes from the casein in dairy. It’s similar to morphine, and just like any drug, can be very addictive. It’s also one of the leading causes of acne. It also gave me so much grief in that it caused a lot of my sinus problems.

 

I hope you learned something new from this post on eating healthy for beginners. I know that it can be difficult, but the point is to simply keep on trying. Where there’s a will there’s a way. If you have the will, then there must be a way.

10 thoughts on “Eating Healthy For Beginners

  1. Hi! Thanks so much for this very informative article.

    I am actually doing most of your tips, but I even take it a step further and not eat anything that is in a box or bag – noting processed at all. I only eat fresh/frozen fruit, vegetables and meat.

    However, even doing that, we still have to be concerned with GMO’s or the waxes and dyes they put on the fruit and veggies or the salt and dyes they inject into meat. It’s gotten to the point now that you either have to eat organic or grow your own food.

    Do you eat organic or grow your own food?

    1. Those are really great suggestions, and certainly would be the next step. I don’t eat meat, and the fact that they inject dyes into it is a new fact for me. We learn something new everyday, huh?

      I try to eat organic whenever possible, but sometimes it’s just not feasible for me. I do wish I had the space to grow my own foods, and have been looking at saving up for a plant lamp as I live underground. They can be quite expensive though, so it’s slow going saving up enough for one.

      Thank you for you comment! It has been really helpful!

  2. Thanks for really great tips. Whilst my family is not vegan we do eat a lot of vegan meals which we love! After eating a healthy vegan meal you feel so much better and less lethargic than a non vegan meal. At least that is what we have observed!
    I’m not sure I agree with the non dairy thing though. Dairy has a lot of calcium and is good. I think all the hormones they feed to the cows is what causes a bad reaction to people.

    1. Thank you for your comment. I definitely find myself feeling much more energized and less weighed down after a vegan meal. 

      As for the dairy, I can certainly understand where you’re coming from, but according to the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, who has over 12,000 certified doctors, nutritionists, and scientists working together and has been around since 1985, a woman has a 60% greater risk of hip fracture if she drinks 3 glasses of milk per day?

      On a more personal note when I went in for my physical at the beginning of this year, after being dairy free for 9 months, my calcium intake was in the acceptable levels of 8.5-10.5 mg/dl. At that point I wasn’t eating very healthy so the lovely calcium rich plants like kale, chard, spinach, and beans weren’t all that often a part of my diet, so I was at an 8.8. I’m doing much better in getting my greens, so I know my calcium levels are perfectly acceptable.

  3. Tip one is spot on, whole foods are always the best foods there are. I agree most oils are not good unless they come from healthy fats. Since your site is called cooking vegan, I tried looking for your about to get a sense of who you are, I’m wondering are you a vegan?

    I honestly could never eat vegan, I tried it once but my body just couldn’t tolerate it and I would end up binging on junk food to fulfill the emptiness it caused me. I heard it works well for some people. Out of curiosity what are your thoughts on that?

    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes I am vegan, and have been for a year and three months. I think it’s amazing, as long as you plan it well. It has certainly helped me so much. There are so many mock meat and dairy options out there that it doesn’t really feel like I’m missing out on anything.

      Planning is key. I went in with no thought process on what I was going to eat that I ended up feeling like I was starving all the time. Once I researched into it a little bit more I found out that it was necessary to add some high calorie fillers. Thankfully pasta, rice, and potatoes are faves of mine, and really help with the feeling of being full. Beans are another great way to help you feel full, and there are so many to choose from.

      I hope that answered some of your questions. I hope you have an awesome day!

  4. Hey there! I’ve been doing workout lately because I want to lose weight. But I noticed that I’m not losing weight and it stays the same. I think that I need to change my diet in order to lose some weight and gain some muscles. After I read your article I’ll try my best to eat healthy as possible with vegetables and fruits. I’ll try to be a vegan. Is there any food that is rich with protein instead of meats? I really appreciate your response.

    1. Thank you so much for your response! Beans and legumes are rich in protein. A cup of cooked black beans contains 14 grams of protein. Did you know that the only US male weightlifter, Kendrick Farris, to enter the Rio Olympics, is vegan?

  5. Hi! Your article is so informative and educational. I could learn from it. I am not a vegan and I eat very little veggies but I am trying to teach myself as I have some health issues that require me to eat more vegetable and less meat. Another difficulty for me is that I love sweets and pastries. I have lactose intollerance and so I take lactaid milk and lactaid ice cream. I try to observe a healthy diet but sometimes it is so hard to strictly follow the rule.

    1. Hi! Thanks for commenting!

      I know what you mean! I love junk food. It is unhealthy, but I love it anyway. It’s like an addiction, one of those really hard to kick ones. I have trouble some days, too.

      The best thing to do is continue to get back on the wagon every time you fall off. Even today I ate nowhere near the veggies I needed to consume, and we are coming up on dinner really quickly. However, I did eat a lot of fruit today, so it’s at least a partial win in my book.

      Keep fighting the good fight!

      Michelle

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