The journey to better health can be a tough one. It sounds easy to say, “I need to lose some weight and start exercising” but actually putting this thought into a plan of action can be intimidating. One look at a hard-core crossfit enthusiast and you know that person has a plan they follow. Those abs didn’t happen just by thinking about it. So where do you start?
The first place to look is your diet. “You are what you eat” is a long familiar cliché, but it’s true. All the cells in your body are created regardless of what you eat. When you eat clean, organic, healthy food, you create within you a body full of strong resilient cells that will fuel you through workouts and daily life. Or, you can eat chips and wash them down with soda. Your magnificent body will still create cells using that. But imagine how much better you feel when those cells are born of produce and not Pringles.
When it comes to food, there is much to learn. Two hundred years ago, long before “Genetically Modified Organisms” (GMOs) became a part of our vocabulary, one could safely eat fruits, vegetables, and meats. However, in our present time, we must be diligent about what we put into our bodies. We want those healthy cells, so GMOs should not pass our lips. Eating free-range and grass-fed poultry and beef will ensure that you’re not consuming meat laden with hormones, steroids, and drugs administered to animals that are raised in unsanitary feedlots. “You are what you eat,” remember? If a cow that was injected with drugs and hormones, it’s in the steak you’re eating. That cow’s drugs and hormones is now your drugs and hormones.
So now you know to eat meat from organic free-range, grass-fed animals. Your fruits and vegetables should also be organic. Here’s a great tip: Only eat produce that’s in season. If you’re eating luscious-looking strawberries in the winter, consider what was done to the strawberry to make it look that way. You can often feel the wax on produce, especially the ones that are out of season. Shop from the organic section of your local supermarkets. This will give you a better chance of eating pesticide-free produce and will support your local farmer.
For now, concentrate on eating cleaner: foods that are fresh, and minimally processed. Most people also find that switching to gluten-free foods rids them of joint aches and pains and inflammation. In case you don’t know, gluten is a protein found in sprouted grains. Gluten-free products are so much more tasty now than they were even a decade ago.
In our next segment, we’ll learn how to progress through our “Better Health” journey.
CJ Heath has spent a lot of time learning about clean-eating. No, it does not come naturally to her and she loves to thrown down with french fries and ketchup just like everyone else. But she knows that the key to better health begins with diet. So let’s collectively put down the fries and try out some kale chips…