Eating For Him Series
Eating real food is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change and unfortunately clashes with popular food culture. A decision to eat naturally is often misunderstood by those who do not share your convictions. Spiritual motivation to change eating habits is not based on weight loss, even though eating naturally does drop the pounds. Good health for Jesus, and for the temple of the Holy Spirit…your body, is the greatest motivation. Being healthy is a form of worship for me as I deny myself what culture tempts me to taste. Here are seven simple ways for you to eat healthier too.
Cold-Pressed Olive Oil
I did research on oils and made the decision to exclusively use cold-pressed Olive oil in all my meals and baking. Cold-pressed does not use heat and retains its nutritional value.
There was a 60 Minute report on mafia controlled olive oils being imported from Italy. Since most olive oil production is controlled by the mafia, it is unregulated. Samplings of some olive oils have shone them to be cut with other oils like sunflower and chemical additives to give the green tint. There have been good reviews of California olive oils, so I have made the switch. I urge you to do your own research.
Keep it brown
I no longer buy products that use white flour. This includes all types of bakery items and pasta. But be careful. I was fooled into thinking I was purchasing a whole wheat product, when in fact all it said was, Wheat flour. But wheat flour IS white flour. Tricky, tricky.
I use brown rice, never white. I have a great way to cook brown rice where it will always come out perfect. Click here for instructions.
I substitute local honey or maple syrup for sugar. If I have to use sugar for special occasions, I only use less refined organic cane sugar.
I plan all of our meals ahead of time, including snacks, so we won’t be caught scrounging for food in the panic of hunger, or feel the need to visit a fast food establishment. This can be difficult on road trips, but with smart phones, you can find more choices than just fast food offerings. One favorite tip is to find a locally owned establishment. I would rather buy a hamburger from someone who uses real hamburger meat than the questionable contents in the meat of a fast food burger. Bring your own whole wheat buns to help stay within your guidelines of clean eating.
More Fruits and Vegetables
I load up on produce. My produce purchases at my weekly trips to the grocery store are around one third of my total bill. You can see a picture of my shopping cart on my Facebook page here.
I juice twice a week. My favorite juice is a bundle of spinach, one whole cucumber, and one apple. To make a smoothie out of this juice I add slices of frozen banana, a handful of frozen blueberries, several frozen strawberries, and a couple teaspoons of plain yogurt. See my smoothie on Facebook.
I read labels and try to pick products with fewest ingredients. Did you know that most bread offered in the store have a paragraph of ingredients, most of which cannot be identified by the average consumer? Real bread only consists of flour, oil, sugar, and yeast. My favorite bread comes from Sprouts Farmer’s Market Grocery Store. Every time we take a trip to Houston (2 hours away) I stock up on this bread.
I use only real dairy products. Butter not margarine. Cream not Cool Whip. Cheddar not processed like American or Velveta. Did you know that all cheese is naturally white?
Join me on Facebook for encouragement to keep fit both physically and spiritually as we circumnavigate this culture. We’re just tourists here don’t you know. Just visiting for a little while. Blessings.
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