You know how we're bombarded with those little pop-up windows asking us to upgrade our computer to the latest version of this or that?
Well, allow me to be a healthy little pop-up message in your head inviting you to upgrade your life with higher-quality foods.
When it comes to eating healthier, one of the easiest places to start is upgrading the foods you already enjoy to higher-quality versions. Doing so will infuse your whole being with more life force, sustainable energy, pleasure and nutrients.
Foods from Living Plants, Not Processing Plants
High-quality foods are fresh, whole, real, local, organic, seasonal, nutrient-rich and grown and prepared with integrity and love. They make you feel alive, vibrant, clear and nourished.
Low-quality foods are highly refined, greatly processed, mass-produced, and loaded with industrial ingredients, artificial flavorings, chemicals and toxic substances that pollute our bodies and the earth. They're often grown, manufactured and prepared without any care for us (the eaters) or the planet we live on.
Whenever you're feeling rundown, flat, uninspired, sluggish, foggy, bloated, cranky or constipated, take a good look at what you're fueling your body with.
- What's its story?
- Where did it come from?
- What's in it?
- Who made it?
- How was it made?
Look in your refrigerator, cupboards and takeout containers. How much of your food is fresh and whole the way Mother Nature intended? How much of its packaged, processed, made with many mysterious ingredients, and most likely unrecognizable by anyone who lived a century ago?
The more you consume from living plants instead of processing plants, the more you'll thrive.
Some experts believe that overeating is partially due to a diet high in low-quality foods. First, they're typically high in sugar, salt and fat, all which entice you to eat more. Secondly, when you don't feed your body the nutrients it needs to flourish, you crave more food to make up for this deficiency. The urge to eat is not because you're not getting enough calories, but because you're not getting enough nutrients. You're nutrient hungry.
Sadly, due to our nutrient-void standard American diet, we've become an overfed, undernourished country.
Knock it Up a Notch (or Two)
So, as your friendly little pop-up window, my message is inviting you to upgrade your diet. Start this week by elevating one or two things to their higher-quality counterparts.
- If you love ice cream, buy one that's made with just a few natural ingredients rather than 23 laboratory ones.
- Enjoy fresh veggies from the farmers' market instead of canned ones from the supermarket.
- Boost your bread by buying 100% whole grain. Bonus points if it has no added sugars.
- Treat yourself to farm-fresh eggs, locally made yogurt, real butter or artisanal cheese.
- Whip up your own pasta sauce with garden-fresh tomatoes instead of a jar of Prego. Or add fresh veggies to a pre-made sauce.
- Buy a small quantity of organic, grass-fed meat over a large quantity of commercially raised meat.
- Brew organic, fair-trade coffee. Drink natural sodas. Sip on 100% fruit juice.
- Nibble on high-quality, organic dark chocolate rather than handfuls of M&Ms.
These are just a few ideas. I bet you already have two or three in mind.
Put Your Money in Your Fruit Bowl
Some of these changes may cost a bit more, but wouldn't you rather put your money in your fruit bowl than your medicine cabinet? I'd rather pay a farmer than a doctor any day.
Start small. Do what you can.
Know that the little changes you make today will lead to major transformation over time.
Strive for high-quality eating 80-90% of the time. Notice how the changes you make change how you feel. Remember that delicious feeling and let it be your guide on your path to optimal well-being.
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