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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

How to Eat Healthy

How To Eat Healthy

Eating a balanced diet is the assurance of staying healthy and maintaining a suitable weight. And really, it's not complicated! Just follow a few main principles:

Prepare your dishes yourself.

Avoid ready-made dishes at all costs, as they are often not very recommendable. They contain lots of preservatives and are often very salty. The best way to control your diet is to know what you are eating, but it is just not possible when you are buying "ready-made." You're just better off avoiding the ready-made option.

Choose local and seasonal products.

Avoid fruits coming from far away, or poorly suited to your climate. To do otherwise is is not only a less responsible consumption, for your local economy, but it is also often less healthy. Indeed, the fruits that you buy out of season come from far away, and to ensure that they are not too ripe when they arrive at your place, they must be picked very early (too early, often). And this also implies that fruits are not as rich in nutrients. In short, for you, and for the planet, it is better to favor local and seasonal fruits (not to mention the price difference).

Promote quality and organic products.

No surprise, you have to be careful with the quality of the products you consume. Indeed, the food industry has the annoying tendency to want to reduce costs at all costs, and it is sometimes at the expense of the quality of what we eat (witness the rampant use of pesticides, artificial fertilizers, etc.). Clearly, some labels are there to help us differentiate between good and bad products, so we must take advantage of all available information.

Eat simple, low-processed foods.

Each stage of production is an additional risk. If you want to know what you are eating, make sure you are as low down in the production chain as possible. Buy your unprocessed (or minimally) processed foods to avoid consuming a lot of preservatives and also the many chemicals used in food processing. If you process the products yourself, you already avoid a lot of risks.

Ensure a regular supply of fresh vegetables, whole grains, oils and seeds.

This list of things your body needs is long and extensive. However, if you feed yourself with the widest variety possible of the freshest foods you can obtain, you greatly increase your chances of consuming whatever your body needs at any given time.

Use cold-pressed vegetable oils.

Forget the Crisco! This may not be easy advice for fans of old-style cooking, but cold-pressed (i.e., not heated during processing) oils are full of benefits, and you gain much to discover them. They also bring you lots of great new flavors!

Limit your salt intake and choose the right salts.

It is better to consume sea salt instead of refined salt. Also, Himalayan pink salt has almost too many trace minerals to even count them all. There are also many naturally salty products that can replace the salt you eat (soy sauce, tamari, umeboshi, etc.). Finally, some salts are low in sodium, which greatly limits the consequences on your health.

Avoid refined sugar.

We do it for you in the selection of our products, but it is also necessary to make this effort during your personal purchases because refined sugar is really not recommendable. However, there are many alternatives in the form of natural sugars.

Watch the labels.

Too often, we consume chemicals, preservatives, additives, flavor enhancers, sweeteners, and other unsavory substances. It is important to control what we buy and what we consume to ensure that we limit these types of products. If you don't like or can't identify what you see on the label, don't buy it.


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