While I am sharing some sweet treats for the holidays, I just want to take a moment to say that eating clean is the best habit to develop. Eliminating wheat, most grains, sugars, milk and dairy, GMO soy products and processed foods is the best way to stay lean and healthy.
At first, you might think that there will be nothing left to eat or that you will be hungry all of the time. However, you will learn that what you think is hunger is sometimes thirst, and when you are driving by Carl’s Jr. or the taco truck and smell the aroma that signals a hunger response in you, it is just that, a learned response. Gnawing, overwhelming hunger is not real hunger. It is our bodies craving the addictive junk in food-like stuff we eat.
It may be confusing to you as to what plan to follow. There are people pushing raw, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, Atkins, gluten-free, grain-free and more. To me, the main thing is that you eat your vegetables and fruits – mostly vegetables, and healthy fats rather than processed fats. Avocados, nuts and coconuts give us nutritious fat choices. I choose to eat sustainably raised fish when I do eat animal protein, and I severely limit my intake of those animals which are subjected to inhumane treatment because they are simply raised for slaughter. I also happen to believe the China Study which found that limiting the amount of meat taken in increases longevity and healthy years of living.
There is no limit to the possibilities of creative and delicious ways you can prepare fruits and vegetables that will satisfy you and leave you feeling healthy and happy. Bad eating habits kill slowly and cause symptoms most people wouldn’t realize come from food. Sluggishness, brain fog, irritability, fatigue, headaches, irritable bowel type symptoms, inability to sit still or concentrate, heart palpitations and rashes are just some of the signs of food related problems. Eating clean is not a life sentence, it’s a life giver.