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Making Wise Food Choices

Nutrition is key when it comes to our health. What we put into our bodies everyday plays a crucial role in determining our health over the years, and there’s no better time than the present to choose your food wisely.

Honestly, I live to eat. One of my greatest pleasures is eating deliciously healthful foods, and providing my body what it needs to run at optimum levels. Which allows me to use all that great energy for the things I love, be it my work, play, exercise, cooking, whatever it is, I have an endless amount of energy to get the job done!

One of my favorite newsletters is Environmental Nutrition, every issue offers up really useful information about food, nutrition and health. In the May, 2012 issue, EN features an article on the whole food movement, a topic that’s near and dear to me. Whole foods vs. processed, it’s really a no brainer. When it comes to good health, eating fruits and vegetables, whole grains, seafood and legumes fit the bill. If you do one thing to better your diet, go for whole foods. As EN reports, “Highly processed foods such as refined carbohydrates have a lower nutrient profile, and are lower in fiber.”

I’ll add to that the fact that highly processed foods are laden with sweeteners, salt, dyes, and artificial ingredients. When selecting good-for-you foods, try to make sure you fill your basket with whole grains like quinoa, wheatberry, barley and brown rice. All important legumes like lentils, garbanzo beans and peas are also wise choices, and don’t forget seeds like sunflower, pumpkin and sesame, and nuts. Walnuts for example, contain heart-healthy omega 3′s, and almonds have calcium and vitamin D, and are excellent sources of fiber.

Finally, drink wisely. Pure water, green, black and white teas are all good choices. So raise your glass knowing you’re doing your body a big favor.

 

 

 

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