A healthy diet is essential to your overall health. The old saying “we are what we eat” rings true, especially now when our world is filled with chemicals and toxins everywhere we look.
Following a healthy diet involves eating clean, and consuming lots of fruits and vegetables. I know food additives have played havoc with my health, and I can assure you, their affecting yours as well!
Some medical herbalists and naturopaths regard food as therapy in itself, prescribing special diets for particular aliments. As well as recommending a basic regimen for general well being. Balance in the body is intended, and promoting a natural energy flow. It is important to be able to digest and assimilate the right nutrients to stay in optimum health.
Due to high levels of pesticides in our food today, it is wise to purchase organic produce. Organic food is produced by farmers who protect the environment for the future generations. These crops are grown, handled, and processed all without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, preservatives, artificial ingredients, and herbicides. So as you can see the importance of chemical free foods in our diets to maintain a healthy diet.
Growing your own garden is one way to ensure you are getting good quality produce free from any additives. It is best to eat foods near to their natural states as possible, whole fresh, raw or lightly cooked, and free of additives. These foods are far greater in nutritional value, as they retain fibre which helps keep the digestive tract healthy.
Processed foods are cut out of a healthy diet completely, as they are loaded up with tremendous amounts of chemicals that will harm your body. Following a clean diet builds your energy,cleanses your system, and keeps the bowels functioning properly.
There is no doubt that the right diet is the best prescription for better health. And now more then ever, we know more about the power of food to prevent, treat, and even cure major aliments and minor annoyances. A healthy diet not only helps you look better, feel better, and helps your body to function better. These are all important issues to consider when fuelling your body. It may at first seem like a bit more work to eat this way, but in time the payoff is so worth it, that it just becomes second nature. Happy, healthy eating everyone!!
First Things First
- Buy organic foods
- Avoid processed foods
- Do not buy canned foods and if you must, then buy the organic ones free from additives. Canned foods contain nasty chemicals and additives in them
- Stay focused on being healthy, not on becoming thin
- Get daily exercise
- Keep a positive mind. Journal ling is a wonderful way to write down your happy thoughts. Try to avoid the negative ones
- Eat pure whole, raw foods as much as possible. They are easily digested and are wonderful detoxyersto your body
- Drink lots and lots of water daily.
If you follow these general rules, your on your way to a better you.
Healthy Recipes To Share
Below I will share some healthy diet recipes for you to try.
A lot of these recipes on my website have come from taking an already established recipe and making it my own. By altering maple syrup for sugars,or gluten free flours for flours.
However some are just a bit of this and a bit of that, that in the end become an addition to our dinner table. I hope you enjoy them as much as our family has.
One of our new favorites we have discovered this Easter weekend is from the Hallelujah Diet Cookbook, we have renamed them Easter Eggs, and changed up a few things to suit our tastes.
Amazing Raw Cookies:
- Whole Dates ( lots) pit removed
- Almond butter
- Almonds soaked in water for 24 hours and then drained
then to roll the eggs in you may use, coconut. Sesame seeds, or crushed gluten free cornflakes.
First you slice the date in half, or as I did after a while I just flattened them with my hands, next you put a little almond butter in the middle with a teaspoon, then you roll them up. Next you have a bowl or one of the toppings listed above and roll the eggs in that.
Next you refrigerate or as we did freeze them and ENJOY!
This is one of our families favorites
Tangy Maple Dressing:
- 1 cup of olive oil
- 2 tbsp. Of gluten free tamari sauce ( or regular if not on a restricted gluten diet)
- ¼ cup of organic cider vinegar
- ¼ cup of pure maple syrup
Make this recipe a day ahead and keep refrigerated. Shaking occasionally.
Serve over greens with some toasted almonds or other seeds, we put in fresh orange sections and just recently added pineapple and mango for a nice change.
Eating Healthy Is Fabulous A terrific website about the health benefits of following a healthy diet.