There is such an overwhelming amount of contradictory information about the latest research, diets and food fads, it’s no wonder most people throw their hands up in despair trying to figure out how to become healthier. Then there’s the challenge of how to fit sustainable diet and lifestyle changes into an already busy life.
Over the next few months, I’m going to show you the 12 Keys to Health and how taking a few simple steps every few weeks can transform your health. Rather than talk about diets, calories, and all the things you shouldn’t eat, we’re going to discuss energy, fuel and healthy substitutions for the less healthy foods you love. Along the way, I’ll share easy, delicious, nutritious recipes and simple tips and techniques so you can make lasting changes that have dramatic effects on your health.
So let’s get started!
Key #1 - Eat Less Processed Foods
Processed foods are calorie laden, nutrient compromised foods filled with preservatives so they can be stored for months, perhaps years on end. High salt, sugar and fat contents make up for much of the flavour that is lost when nutrients are removed during processing.
Apart from convenience, most of what we love in processed food comes from combinations of the above-mentioned fats, sugar and salt. So what whole foods could you possibly eat that would come anywhere close to that mouth-watering combination?
Nature made whole foods that honestly take less time to prepare than throwing a TV dinner in the microwave or going to the nearest drive thru would take. What I love about whole foods is they are perfect packages of nutrition, complete with all your body needs to make the most of the wonderful nutrients they contain.
Though it may sound ridiculous that broccoli really is the answer to what’s for dinner, you can make all kinds of additions to the basic recipe below to transform this nutrient dense beauty into a dinner that you may just crave! Try topping it with shredded chicken or beans for some added protein, or some slices of avocado and a handful of cherry tomatoes for a simple warm salad that’s perfect for this time of year.
A whole cauliflower, turned into “rice” with a blender is the basis for a whole range of dishes from a simple grain-free rice substitute to delicious stir-fry’s only limited by your imagination. Serve it as a side dish, add half a cup to your scrambled eggs in the morning or sprinkle some on a green salad for a delicious topping.
Roasted Cinnamon Sunflower Seeds provide a perfect balance of protein and healthy fat with a kiss of maple syrup to satisfy your sugar cravings. The recipe below is for three cups that you can eat as snacks or as a topping for salads for an extra crunch. Pack some in a quarter pint mason or similar jar to take to work or on road trips. These also make a wonderful alternative to popcorn on movie nights!
Dipping a peeled banana in a bowl of cinnamon seeds provides a super quick breakfast full of nutrition to get your day off to a great start and makes a delicious snack.
Over the next few weeks, add these recipes into your diet in place of less healthy foods and see what a difference they make.
Next time, we’ll talk about healthy fats and what you can use in place of sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth without sacrificing your health. If you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll find more recipes on my website and if you have any questions, feel free to send me an email. I’d love to hear from you!