Many of you have asked the question “What do you eat?” and my immediate response is “A lot and often!” As most of you know, since January 2008, I have maintained what I like to call a “clean diet.” Different people have different definitions of exactly what constitutes a clean diet. For me, I stick pretty closely to what the majority considers clean, which is anything that is straight from the ground, vine or tree. In other words, I like to eat foods as close to their natural state as possible, thereby totally avoiding anything that has been processed. While many companies have improved the conditions of their processing facilities, the bottom line is that once you factor in that middle process from the foods natural condition to your mouth, a lot has been added to that food that I personally would rather avoid. Moreover, a healthy portion of my diet consists of raw fruits and vegetables, which I love because most of them are high in water content and can be consumed in abundance without the risk of unflattering weight gain and digestive issues. Honestly folks, you will be hard pressed to find any real negative repercussions associated with a diet high in fruits and vegetables. These are what I call “God’s Food” because they are consistent with my definition of clean (straight off the tree limb or directly out of the ground) and the health benefits are substantial, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, digestive enzymes, etc. You name it and fruits and vegetables have it, especially those in their natural state. When you buy fruits and veggies in the can, many of the health benefits have been diluted due to the processing that takes place. If you don’t believe me, just read the labels and you’ll see “ingredients” with names so long and so foreign, you will hesitate if you really want to put it into your body. Fruits and vegetables in their natural “raw” form are loaded with the nutrients that our bodies need in order to continue to function properly. I am convinced if people would just clean up their “guts”, many illnesses, both physical and mental, would simply disappear. You would be surprised how much our diet affects every aspect of our lives. It is truly amazing.
My preference is organically grown products; however, the costs associated with organic products can be exorbitant. While I’m willing to cut back on other things in order to buy mostly organic products, I certainly understand that this is simply not feasible for some. Thus, my recommendation is to look for fruits and vegetables that are grown in herbicide-free and pesticide-free environments. Most grocery stores are starting to incorporate entire sections of their market toward foods grown chemical-free, and while this doesn’t always constitute organic, it is still a million times better than eating something from a can that has all kinds of sugars, preservatives and other chemicals added to it for flavor, color, etc. See, it even sounds distasteful, doesn’t it?
I truly love to snack of fruits and veggies and do so often. I am seldom anywhere without an apple or some diced cantaloupe nearby. Recently, I went to the movies and while everyone around me was snacking on the biggest tubs of buttered popcorn I have ever seen in my life, I was crunching on some delicious cauliflower. Both snacks are crunchy and taste good (at least cauliflower tastes good to me), but that is where the similarities end. One is full of “fat” calories and many other things that are detrimental to your health long-term, while the other is full of vitamins and nutrients that help sustain life, not to mention the fact that it is practically calorie free. Now I’m not saying you can’t ever eat another kernel of popcorn in your life, but I am saying that in order to maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle, you certainly can’t eat this stuff everyday or even every other day, and you most definitely can’t eat an entire tub of it regularly! 🙂
Bottom line, when it comes to fruits and vegetables, EAT, EAT, and EAT some more! Next time, I’ll address what I eat besides fruits and vegetables and how often I eat them. You’ll be surprised! Bridget