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BACK IN YOUR HEALS
FOOD for THOUGHT
 
Food for Thought
UNEARTH THE POWER OF HEALTHY EATING.
OUR EXPERTS SHARE TIPS FOR MAKING
FEEL-GOOD CHOICES SECOND NATURE.
We like to find ways to approach healthy eating as an enhancer and not as a punishment. Everything we put into our body impacts us on a cellular level, and imagine how many cc’s of food that is per day. Staying mindful about nutrition is a key element in living and feeling our best.

Put as much color on your plate as you do in your closet.
We don’t expect you to find shopping for cruciferous vegetables as exciting as scoping out the perfect pair of boots on the first crisp day of fall, but don’t count them out. Cruciferous vegetables (kale, Brussels sprouts, the rest of the cabbage family) fall into the “dark-green” subgroup of vegetables. As you know from pairing accessories with your dark-green cashmere cardigan, they look amazing up against a brightly colored pop of yellow bell peppers. Color is a way to pack lots of different nutrients into well-coordinated meals. 

MEAT yourself where you are.
No one wants to feel puffy. Red meats and dairy products are inflammatory ingredients that are not as helpful to the body while it is recovering. With that being said, adjustments are better than drastic changes. Look at your current eating routine so you can find places to add vegetables and fruits, swap proteins, and find ways to scale down on things like dairy and sugar. No need to start from scratch.

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Watch the labels.
We don’t mean designer labels. If you are not eating fresh foods, the labels are your only clue as to what exactly it is you’re having. The important 4-1-1 goes beyond the bold numbered calories and fat content. Watch for long science-y sounding ingredients that could be chemicals, preservatives, and sneaky sugar content.

Call in a substitute.
See where you can make a swap without sacrificing what you want. Craving mashed potatoes? Try that mashed cauliflower recipe you found on Pinterest. You can swap low-fat Greek yogurt in to replace other dairy products such as sour cream. On movie night try kicking potato chips to the curb for baked kale chips as your something crunchy to snack on.

Spice things up.
Natural herbs and spices are a way to season a meal and add flavor without the fat and sodium. There is a whole world of spices to explore (literally, from all over the world). They can contain powerful healing properties of their own such as curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties.

Go local.
Enjoy the experience of healthy eating. Get out to a local farmers market with some friends, on a date with your beau, or as a relaxing escape on your own. Bonus: you can avoid harmful pesticides used on foods that are shipped and the produce tends to be delicious without breaking the bank. Plus you can totally document the outing on Instagram. No access to the farmer’s market? A pro-tip for maneuvering the grocery store is to shop around the outside first.

Treat yourself right.
Make sure you are enjoying food and being kind to yourself. Besides, treats don’t even have to be bad for you. Research has shown that dark chocolate and Pinot Noir both have health-boosting properties.  We’ll toast to that!

■  Lauren M. Garvey

 

 
 
 
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