If this saying is true, what does you food say about you? Mine would say that I am colourful, eclectic, healthy, full of love, and beautiful. This is because I now choose foods that not only nourish my body, but that are colourful, tasty, and homemade not processed. Now for those of you who don’t know me, I will tell you that my eating has not always been as healthy as it currently is, the main event that shifted my food choices was the discovery of food allergies/intolerances, starting first with my son in 2009, my daughter in 2010, myself in the begining of 2011, and finally my husband in the summer of 2011 (yes, all 4 of us have food allergies/intolerances). These combined with an 8 year (420 week, thanks mom for figuring that out, lol) journey towards maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle, finally made me evaluate what nourished my body and what doesn’t.
Did you know that our bodies are made up of an estimated 100 trillion cells, all of which need constant supply of nutrients in order to function at their optimal level. What you eat effects all of these trillions of cells, and therefore every aspect of you, mood, energy level, thinking capacity and more, will be affected by what you eat. Choosing to eat junk and convenience foods, rather than good healthy foods, can lower your energy level, cause your body to put on more fat, and even decrease your brain power.
So what do you need to do in order to change what your food says about you? Start by cutting out the excess fat (which gets added to the fat cells you already have), excess sugar (foods high in refined sugars typically are not high in nutrients, it is empty calories, and can contribute to weight gain and obesity), and excess salt (which can contribute to high blood pressure). Pull out your cookbooks (and blow off the dust), why make something from a box mix that is full of chemicals when you can make it just as easily from scratch. Try eating like your grandparents did (there is even a website dedicated to this www.cooklikeyourgrandmother.com ). Go back to making good wholesome food for you and your family! You might say that you don’t have the time, but if I can do it while running a business, writing a blog, running a home, and having 2 crazy kids (oh and did I mention that fast food isn’t an option), surely you can find the time too. All it takes is a little planning and preparation ... having a very kitchen handy husband helps too. Make sure to ask your spouse for help, you can't do everything by yourself.
As you start to make baby steps towards eating healthier, it is important to make sure that you are eating a balanced diet of good carbs (whole grains), protein, lots of fruits and veggies, and drink lots of water. Try to limit you sugar and alcohol. Enjoy things like cookies as treats not snacks. Don’t deprive yourself of your favorite foods, simply eat them in moderation or look for ways to make your recipes healthier. (Wisdom I gained from working as a leader for WW, living the plan every day for 420 weeks, and my current leader the amazing Jane!)
To give you a head start, I feel I should share some of the secrets I have learned about subsisting things in recipes. I choose to make everything in our house totally allergy friendly as well as healthy, and these are some of the tricks I use on a regular basis . . .
-you can replace sugar in a recipe with agave nectar (lower on the GI so it doesn’t affect you blood sugar as much) 1c sugar = 2/3c agave nectar, and decrease the other liquids by 1/4-1/3 c (decrease cook temp by 25 degrees and increase cook time slightly, as agave will brown more rapidly than sugar)
-you can replace the oil (or butter) in breads, muffins, cakes, etc with unsweetened apple sauce, 1c oil or butter = 1c applesauce (you will want to make sure to put muffins or cupcakes in papers so they come out of the tins easily)
-you can replace the eggs (although good for you, we cannot eat them) in a number of different ways ... store bought egg replacer, chia gel (1tbsp chia seed to 3tbsp water, let sit for 15 min, stir and use as normal in recipe – makes 1 egg), flax gel (same as a chia egg only you use ground flax), there are several other ways to replace eggs, but for best success don’t use recipes that require more than 2 eggs as the chemistry doesn’t work
-you can replace some of your all purpose flour with healthier quinoa flour (I limit to replacing 1/2c with the quinoa flour, you will need to add ½ tsp of xantham gum as there is no gluten in quinoa flour to make it stick)
Take a minute to reflect, what does your food say about you and what do you want your food to say about you? Do you want to be healthy and beautiful? Full of life? You deserve to be healthy now, so you can live a long awesome life!
Go ahead ... grab an apple ... you know you want to ...