Recently my friend asked me, after I served up some of my non-sugar, gluten free treat, "Do you always eat this healthy?" I thought about it and said, "Yeah, I guess." I don't really notice "how healthy" I am . It's just the way I eat now. Healthy eating is like a hobby for me. I love food documentaries, food books, learning more about whole living and eating. It just interests me.
I think it started after I graduated from high school and started cooking for myself. I started exercising and wanted to live a healthy life. It was easy at home, my parents are both active and my mom is an excellent and healthy cook. So when I was on my own I started doing my research and getting more interested of how to keep it going.
The first few books that really made an impact in my journey were: The Schwarzbein Principle, French Women Don't Get Fat and The Fat Fallacy.
They all talk about eating a whole diet - balanced with vegetables and fruit, good proteins, healthy fats and whole carbohydrates.
Back when low-fat was a huge craze (still is) and all my roommates were buying skim milk I was getting Vitamin D milk (now I don't drink milk). And my body responded well to the full fat.
I've always been thin, so I've never been motivated to eat healthy to loose weight, but rather to maintain and improve my health. I am strong believer that all ailments can be healed by an improved diet. And you can reach optimal healthy by supporting your body with the best foods possible.
So what do I eat? Over the years I have become more educated about diet and lifestyle and slowly have built a very healthy lifestyle. So when my friend asked me, "Do you always eat this healthy?" I had to think about it, because it just is the way it has become.
Okay, so... I don't have milk or butter in my home. I use Almond Milk and Grapeseed or Olive or Coconut Oil instead. And I don't use Vegetable Oil or Canola Oil.
I don't use White Sugar. I use Sucanat, Agave, Stevia, Maple Syrup, Honey or Coconut Sugar.
I don't use White Flour. Actually, I have recently gone Gluten Free, so I don't use any Wheat Flours anymore either. I use a Gluten Free flour blend, Rice Flour or other such gluten free flours.
I don't eat regular pasta, but use Quinoa pasta.
I only use organic cage free eggs, either from the store or our chicken coop.
I eat meat about 1-2 times a week. I try and cook vegetarian meals most of the time. When I do cook meat at home I use Grass Fed Beef and Range Free Chicken.
I don't drink soda. Never been a fan. Although Natural Brew Root Beer is delish! So if it's on sale I'll splurge a little. But I usually end up with a headache afterwards due to sugar overload.
I don't eat packaged-processed foods - chips (except tortillas), cheesy crackers, sugar cereals, packaged dinners, etc.
I drink phytoplankton and clay in the morning. :)
I eat fish occasionally (Salmon and Tuna).
I drink a green smoothie about 4-5 times a week.
I eat lots of raw nuts and seeds.
I use organic ketchup and other sauces.
And recently I have started buying mostly organic produce, but in the season I use items from the garden!
I'm not writing this to brag. Not at all. But to give and share ideas.
There are definitely people that are healthier than me! See here. I tried her way for 5 days and almost died! Eating is a personal thing and "to each their own." But I believe that most people just need more education to know what is out there and the options that are available.
You may look at the way I eat and be overwhelmed. I probably would have been too, if I read this 2 years ago. I have slowly become this way little by little. And you can too. If it feels right. That's important too. Going at your pace and listening to your body along the way.
And I'm human....so...
I love Red Mango.
I eat ice cream occasionally - especially if it's really good - like Strawberry Hagen-Daaz, or a Magnum bar.
Mine and Tanner's favorite (and only) fast food joint we hit up for a quick snack is Del Taco. We like the 49 cent tacos and the bean cup. (Although I did some research and I think the beans have gluten in them....)
I love chocolate and eat it. Chocolate chips with Almonds, Lindt balls.... yum!
I have tried to go off cheese as I would like to avoid dairy, but cheese is yummy! So I'm not there yet, but trying alternatives.
Tanner and I love to get Cafe Rio's Vegetarian Salad to share (I don't eat the flour tortilla). It's only $7 and so filling. We eat there at least once a week. I also love their Chicken Tortilla Soup so I'll eat the chicken in that.
And although I think HFCS is nasty and should be avoided at all costs, I do have a little candy every once and a while. Some of my most recent temptations include Peanut M&M's and Tootsie Pops (funny, huh?!). I don't ever buy it, but if someone has a candy bowl I just might help myself.
So there you have it. A little briefing on my diet or "eating lifestyle." I am excited to share more of what I make and eat - now that I'm not taunted by food pictures anymore. :) I have already posted a few healthy recipes and tips on here on my blog. I hope you have been finding those helpful!
What have you done over time to improve your diet?