We are what we eat
If we eat junk food our cells will build unhealthy cells.
There are many healthy foods you can find at the local grocery store,
and more as time goes on, but, as a general rule, if it is real food,
and it is grown organically, I know it is good for me.
The darker the color of the vegetable or fruit the higher the antioxidant
value. Fresh is better than frozen, frozen is better than canned,
and I never get frozen veggies or fruit with added ingredients.
I don't buy food in cans any more, too many dangerous BPAs.
I know sweet potatoes are better for me than white potatoes and brown rice is great fiber for detoxing. Good, clean water, alkaline, if possible, half my body weight in ounces helps flush out my body. Organic juices help get good nutrition to my body quickly, but, I like to make smoothies more than juicing as I need the fiber.
If you can't afford to buy organic juices then read the labels of the store brands and purchase the ones that DON'T have artificial ingredients. BE CAREFUL AND READ LABELS THOROUGHLY - A product can say ALL NATURAL even if it only has ONE natural ingredient and can contain HARMFUL ingredients. If you can't pronounce it you probably can't digest it!
Activated charcoal and Bentonite clay is also good for detoxing toxins out of my body and cilantro, an herb used in cooking Mexican food, is fantastic for removing heavy metals (along with chlorella:) Lemons in water makes it alkaline for a good flush too. Probiotics (acidophilus etc.) are good to help re-establish a healthy digestive system.
Many of us are accustomed to having cereal and fruit in the morning. Those high carbs are more easily digested mid day. "Fit for Life" suggests fruit first thing in the morning but I know I do better with protein first thing; a green smoothie is my favorite but when I can't make my smoothie a protein shake (watch the ingredients-VEGA and RAW MEAL are good brands), a piece of fish, an egg, a slice of turkey or last night's left over chicken is great way to start my day.
Organic Fruits and Veggies
Ancient, Whole Grains
Local Free Range Eggs
Beans of all kinds
Almond Milk, unsweetened
Raw Unfiltered Honey
Dried Fruit & Nuts (soak them;)
Coconut Oil for cooking
First Cold Press Olive Oil &
Apple Cider Vinegar
Gluten Free Foods
Non-nutritious foods to avoid
NON-NUTRITIOUS FOODS TO AVOID - The sugars in alcohol make my liver slow down and I have an under active liver to start with so I keep my alcohol consumption to an absolute minimum. It causes me to gain weight, feel sluggish and eventually experience pain in my lower left rib cage, where my pancreas is located. Caffeine is something I don't do very much of now, but it is known to interfere with the bodies' processes so it is another good thing to drink in moderation or eliminate. Anything white-white flour (bread), white rice and white pasta - just remember, anything white is like glue (gluten;)-it will stick to you on the inside ! Processed foods, frozen foods with additives, preservatives, etc. etc.- if it isn't REAL FOOD, I don't eat it-especially when trying to lose weight. Anything artificial-sweeteners, colors, flavors-if it says artificial, I don't want it in my body, especially the sweeteners! Studies have proven when people STOPPED drinking diet drinks and ceased consuming artificial sweeteners they lost an average of 40 pounds. Even regular sodas are useless calories and the carbonation leeches the calcium from my bones so I don't drink them anyway. It may sound like I don't eat or drink much-but when I am trying to accomplish a weight loss or to just feel better, I do my best to eat and drink real food.