Friday, June 24, 2011

Healthier Eatting/Traveling

5 Tips on how to eat healthier by    Whole Foods

The other day I was over at Whole Foods waiting for my lunch at the deli and I picked up this pamphlet and started reading. I’m a super fan of Whole Foods they usually have a lot of literature in store so you can be very informed of what your buying and to let you know that you do have healthier options.

We are already pretty conscious of what we put in our mouths but its always nice to read and listen to new perspectives. I really enjoyed reading this pamphlet because it gave a simplistic approach of the greatest health benefits for different diets and no matter what dietary approach you follow. You don’t necessarily have to shop and markets like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s to follow a healthy lifestyle either. They just make it a little easier for you!

Here are some of Whole Foods Market’s Healthy Eating Principles:

  • ·      Plant Based Diets – Eat Mostly Plants. Even if you choose to also eat dairy, meat or seafood you’ll still want most of your diet to consist of plants.  Ex: raw or cooked veggies, fruits, legumes & beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Make sure you are eating a wide variety of plants to guarantee consuming what works best for your body. This healthy practice will leave you feeling satisfied and happy
  • ·      Real Food Diets – You’ll want to choose foods that are unprocessed, whole, fresh, natural, organic, seasonal and local. With this diet its very important that you stay away from refined or highly processed foods and foods that hold no nutritional value or lack nutrients. Artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, sweeteners and hydrogenated fats are a NO-GO too!
  • ·      Low Fat Diets – With this diet you want to make sure you’re not cutting out the “healthy” fat. Everyone needs some fat in their diets to survive. Some examples of good fats include avocados or nuts.  Minimize processed fats & extracted oils. If you choose to include animal products in this diet consider leaner meats and seafood. Good examples of lean meat are buffalo and tenderloins. Also choose low-fat dairy products instead. The Mayo Clinic had a really awesome article on how to fit meat & poultry into your diet. 
  • ·      Nutrient Dense Diets – This diet may make you put your thinking cap on. If your not knowledgeable on foods that contain high levels or nutrients this may be a little tougher. Nutrient rich foods compared to their total caloric content. Try to plan your meals around mostly plant based foods. Choose foods that contain lots of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. A helpful tool to use while eating a nutrient dense diet is the ANDI or Aggregate nutrient Density Index. It will help guide you to healthier choices.

So…was that enough information for you to swallow? I may have added a few words here and there. Now its time to get started on your path to healthy eating lifestyle.

Here is 5 tips to get your started from Whole Foods:

  1. 1.     Look for their “Health Starts Here” logo around the stores.
  2. 2.     Visit the Whole Foods Market “Health Starts Here” area to browse their great selection of books.
  3. 3.     All the Whole Foods team members are super knowledgeable and great support. They can also inform you of any events happening that may be of some help as well.
  4. 4.     Learn how to use the ANDI scoring system throughout the store to help guide you.
  5. 5.     Visit wholefoodsmarket.comhealthstartshere

Family Road Trip

We have been traveling for the past few days and I have not had access to the Internet to post so here's a little something I wrote about while driving to Sunriver this week. We are staying with family in one of the more beautiful parts of Oregon and Josh will be racing the Pacific Crest Half Tri on Saturday. Hope where ever you are its sunny and beautiful! Here's a few pictures of us goofing around the first day in Sunriver!

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