March is National Nutrition Month

Today, people get too much or conflicting information on nutrition: what and how to eat. Diet now refers to some kind of dietary restriction, not what nutrition you need daily, yearly or for your lifespan.

In reality, people have known what to eat, at least before the 20th century. At that time, junk food didn’t exist, animal products weren’t widely available and most foodstuffs were unprocessed. Take a look at your neighbor’s shopping cart today, and try to count how many whole foods you see. How many proteins not in a box, pre-flavored or processed; fresh, frozen or canned vegetables resembling the real thing, and whole grain bread or pulses dried or canned.

The way we eat today is the leading cause of premature death in the U.S. today because highly processed foods and meats are loaded with sugar, salt and chemicals.

Make Small Changes

 

But, don’t think change is impossible. Making small changes towards better eating will work over time. Here are some tips:

  • Eat a variety of foods everyday. Because there is more to foods than just meat and potatoes! Not every meal needs to contain kale and salmon, but add variety bit by bit. Try to eat more seasonally which showcases the best looking and tasting produce. Craving something sweet? Try to have a piece of fruit first to see if that does the trick.
  • Plan your meals. This can take less time now by sending your list to the store and having your order delivered. Waiting until you’re hungry and out of time does not lead to the best eating decisions.
  • Learn kitchen skills. From knife skills to preparing food for multiple meals, you’ll gain confidence to try new seasonings and flavors.
  • Make mealtimes special. Get away from your desk and sit at a table without cell phones or the TV on.

If you are interested in a prepared meal plan service, that can introduce you to a more varied and healthier way of eating, please contact Down To Earth Cuisine.

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