fitnessdfHealthy eating can keep you physically thin, mentally sharp and brimming with more energy than a caffeine-overdosed energizer bunny. But… There aren’t many people who do it consistently…even though they want to. Okay, so if everyone wants to eat healthy, how come we’re all doing such a lousy job of it? It’s because we eat without really thinking about it. Everyone does it. Snacking on chips as we talk with friends, taking a bite of fresh sliced tomato off the cutting board, finishing the potatoes just because they’re on our plate. “Mindless eating” happens because we eat things without consciously deciding whether we should. Exactly what you eat is the goal of billions of dollars in marketing, and mostly what’s marketed is not good food.

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Look, you’re not going to make a permanent change in the way you eat if it requires you to give up what you like most and to scrutinize what you eat every time you eat – or worse yet to measure, or look up, or record… Come on! Let’s be real! In the long run, if you don’t enjoy doing something you won’t do it. Liking healthy food is the only thing that will work forever.

What is this healthy eating thing going to get you? Well for starters, a longer, healthier more productive life. In some cases, you can relieve symptoms from long term illness or even AVOID CHRONIC ILLNESS by eating well. You can have more energy to do the things you want to do. You can get closer to your body’s ideal weight. You can be more active, more positive, and more dependable. You can be there to support the ones who need you, to play with your grandkids, to enjoy your retirement.

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A healthy diet will help you find…That most elusive peace of mind

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And beyond physical health that eating healthfully will bring you, there’s a huge psychological benefit. That’s because you will see every day how you overcame something that at one time seemed difficult or impossible. You’ll have a daily infusion of self-confidence from recognizing your own ability to set goals and achieve them. You’ll come to appreciate just how potent you are.

plateau-fruits-fraisMaybe you’ve given up on ever finding a diet that will work for you. I want you to know that you can make a change starting today that can help you eat move to a healthy diet permanently. So whether you want a healthy eating plan for losing weight or just for your long term health, it’s something you can do.

We need to counteract the deluge of bad eating cues that we are bombarded with and replace them with our own internal cues to eat well. It’s easier to eat the things you like. So choosing to like good food makes it easier to eat good food. And the situations and techniques that got you into the habit of eating badly are going to be the ones to bring you back to healthful eating.

gas_fruit19Eating fresh fruit is one of the few mandatory pleasures of life that we so easily take for granted. It’s an immensely rewarding experience to grow your own fruit and so fulfilling to handpick and eat straight from the tree. If you need to re-awaken your passion for fruits, be more adventurous! There are lots more one can do with a fruit besides eat it fresh and whole. Here are some eat well ideas using fresh fruit.

Juice is a quick an easy solution. Most fruits are rich in flesh and water making them ideal for squeezing or crushing to make a cool refreshing drink. When making a light summer drink, what you need is citrus and berries. They have mild to strong, sweet and sour taste, which is totally refreshing for a hot summer afternoon. For richer, thicker juices, tropical fruits such as bananas, papaya, mango, guava are simply ideal. They are great for smoothies and just what you need to start your day with lots of energy and good digestion.

Cakes and pastries are simply the best, if you love to bake or have a sweet tooth. Berries and pome fruits (apples and pears) make some of the best fruit cakes and fruit pies. They add a vibrant tangy taste to the pastry dish and with a little bit of cinnamon, work like a charm.

Chutney is typically a south Asian relish which accompanies curries, rice dishes and even deserts. It is made by chopping fruit and cooking them with spices, vinegar and other ingredients until it turns to a pulp. Their texture can vary from rough to smooth and their spiciness varies too, from hot to mild. They add a “kick” to savoury dishes, especially those made of mango, lime, tamarind and even coconut.

Garnishing food with an elegant fruit goes a long way in impressing a guest. It’s important to pick fruits that are both bright in colour and light to eat. Citrus are quite popular, as are berries.

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Salads are the perfect light meal for hot sweltering weather and not to mention, losing weight. Fresh fruits can be used to make a fruit salad or mixed fruit and vegetable salad. When preparing mixed fruit and vegetable salads, grated fruits such as apples, pears and coconut, to blend in quite well. Lime or lemons can also be used to rinse through salad leaves, their acidic qualities kill germs and add flavour.

Stuffing is a traditional Christmas and thanksgiving favourite. Pork dishes and poultry dishes prepared with a mix of fruits, herbs and spices, can be quite a delight. Once again berries, citrus, apple and pears are a favourite for most.

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