Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Small Steps

In order to be healthy “they” say we should be eating a low-fat, no fat, low cholesterol, high protein, whole grain, no dairy, sugar free diet. I don’t know who ‘they’ are but with all the conflicting messages sent by the food industry as well as the marketing and advertising firms, it’s no wonder people are confused!
I believe we can over think it and make eating well far too complicated. Organic, free range, grass fed, all natural, low fat, heart healthy – what’s best? Just focus on the basics – nothing complicated – nothing gourmet. Just REAL food that gives your body nourishment in the simplest of ways. It works the best with a balanced approach of a variety of nutritious foods. Nutritious being a key word.
Strawberry filling in a toaster strudel is not a real food. Fruit snacks are not a real food. Margarine isn’t a real food. Although you may be able to pronounce an ingredient in a food and while it may be edible, most likely it shouldn’t be considered a REAL food.
I think there is much we each need to figure out for ourselves. What feels right to me may seem completely absurd to another and vice versa. If you look hard enough I’m sure you can find research and studies on everything from ‘why you should eat a dozen eggs a day’ to ‘an overabundance of sugar is good for you’!  I believe it’s all about taking small steps; steps toward finding that balance for yourself and eating in a way that makes your body feel better not worse.
*Thought for the day*              
Have you ever noticed the people who tell you to calm down . . . are the ones that got you mad in the first place?

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