Eat Real Food: mini-mission
After indulging over the holidays, you may be eating lean and clean, but how long will that last? How long before you slip into your old habits?
The best way to develop and stick with your healthy eating habits is to keep it simple and to accept today’s mini-mission to eat real food. Processed, packaged food is appealing because it’s easy, fast and convenient. The problem is, after eating it for a while, you start to like it … really like it. Your body craves the highly addictive ingredients and your go, go, go mentality enjoys the ease of opening a box, eating and getting back to it.
Michael Pollen, author of In Defense of Food and Food Rules said it best with these two very simple ideas:
- “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
- “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”
Instead of opening another box or bag, eat real food.
Here are a few simple ideas to get you started …
- Try this simple soup recipe (pictured above). veggie broth, kale, spinach, spices. Pour veggie broth in a pot. Add a handful of Kale and a handful of spinach. Add spices, or not. Heat until soup is warm and veggies are steamed or wilted. Garnish with greens.
- Eat like Leo.
- Eat things you don’t like. I didn’t grow up eating kale and the first time I tried it, I thought it was really bitter. Today, I enjoy Kale, especially when I think about all of the goodness it delivers to my body. I developed a taste for kale just by eating it. There is no magic here.
- Eat Awesome.
- Peel a clementine. Eat it.
- Spend money on good quality food. You can get an entire meal (or two) at a fast food restaurant for less than $5.00 but you have to make a choice. Do you want to spend more money today on high quality, nutritious food, or do you want to spend your money later on prescription drugs and healthcare.
- Try a green, breakfast bowl. (I’m making one right after I publish this post)
- Buy a farm share. Call farms in your community and ask if they have a farm share program. You’ll have seasonal, fresh produce available at a very reasonable price.
- Cook with Five Ingredients, Ten Minutes
- Eat colors not calories.
- Drink your veggies with a green juice or smoothie.
- Indulge. Order dessert on date night. Enjoy a bag of chips with salsa. Bake cookies with your children. And then get back to eating real food.
When thinking about your food choices, don’t be aim for perfection, just eat real food most of the time.
If you have a simple, real food recipe, please share in the comment section.
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