Springtime is here and while most people are concerned with eliminating the cob webbs and dust bunnies that have found their way into the inner sanctum of their homes during winter, this post is going to address how to spring clean your diet.
Because…let’s face it? For most people the chill in the air brings along sugary baked treats, heavy sauces and a decreased interest in eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Of course, you can argue that fresh produce is less available during the summer months. But while that was the case in years past, industrialization has made fresh fruits and vegetables more available than ever before.
Clean Out Your Fridge
Listen, you can’t eat what’s not there. Your home should be your safe haven. All the foods that trip you up, shouldn’t be there. That one unhealthy food that you can’t stop eating, has no place in your home. It’s like if Superman had kryptonite stored in his kitchen. He wouldn’t dare. The big difference is that kryptonite isn’t additive. Your arch nemicist, that food that you can’t stop eating is.
So rid your fridge of the junk. While you’re at it, clean out the pantry too. Read ingredient labels. If sugar, flour, grains, salt, hydrogenated oils are in this first top five ingredients then toss it out.
Back Up on the Sugar
Sugar is a beast. Inflammation, premature aging, cardiovascular disease, excess weight and more. You name it, sugar is probably at least partly to blame. Cane sugar, beet sugar, coconut sugar, evaporated cane juice, molasses, honey etc…is all sugar. Try to avoid it in processed foods as much as possible.
Avoid Packaged Foods
It’s the truth. Prepackaged foods are very convenient. But, what also is true is that many times they are also unhealthy. Certainly, there are healthy snack alternatives. By no means can anyone avoid packaged all together.
It’s just difficult living in a modern world. But bebeware that indulging in packages foods can expose you to more than your fair share of added sugar, salt and added preservatives. Think of fresh foods as high octane fuel and prepacked convenience foods as low grade generic sludge.
It just not meant for the fast mustang. It’s meant for the slow moving junker piece of car. What type of fuel are you using?
Go Against the Grain
If you want to spring clean your diet like real for real then you should consider removing grain from your everyday diet.
What is grain?
Grain are the seeds of grasses or the seeds of cereal. Grains include wheat, barley, oats, rice, barley, corn, rye and spelt.
It’s not a coincidence that diets like the keto and paleo diet exclude grain. This goes beyond weight loss. If you want to learn more about why removing grain may be beneficial to you, read No Pain No Grain by Peter Osborne. It’ll give you some good background and help you understand why people that follow those diets reap so many health benefits along the way.
Eat More Raw Foods
Before fire was invented, all the food we ate was raw or uncooked food. There are many benefits to cooking food before eating it. Cooked food tends to be easier to digest, it adds flavor and cooking allows people to avoid the many parasites and diseases that can make us sick.
Even so, eating raw non starchy fruits and vegetables is an optimal component of the human nutrition. In many situations, some enzymes, and phytonutrients are lost during the cooking process. Even when you choose to cook your non starchy fruits and vegetables be sure to not over cook them.
And just so that we’re clear, I’m not talking about the popular trend of going raw vegan. What I’m talking about is incorporating more raw foods as a part of your normal diet.
Try recipes like this strawberry salad with honey balsamic dressing or even fresh juices like this green juice envy for a big nutritional punch. Even just eating more fresh fruits is a great way to go about it.
While we’re at it, let’s clear up a few things first. Corn is a not a vegetable. Corn is grain. Tomatoes are fruits. Avocados are fruits. Any variation of potatoes (white potatoes, sweet potatoes) are starches. The debate is still on about whether potatoes should be considered vegetables. Many people still consider potatoes vegetables although the starchy content could make them problematic for many. Peppers are fruits.
This book is a great read if you want to try some new recipes or learn more about the raw food diet.
So what do you think? Are you ready to spring clean your diet? Spring is a wonderful time of year. While you should be spring cleaning and organizing your home, Your body shouldn’t be left out of the spring cleaning mix.
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