Oh dear, do I love food. I’m absolutely infatuated with it. It is on my mind all day and night, I just can’t get enough. Not only do I love to fill my belly with delicious food, I also love to cook and share with my friends and family. I have had this love affair since I was little, and it has only grown since then.
About three years ago, I discovered my gluten intolerance and adopted a gluten-free diet. I have stayed away from gluten ever since, and my symptoms have disappeared. Around the time when I changed my diet, I became fascinated by food and its effect on the body. My passion for food is so strong that I am majoring in Health Promotion, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences. Through my studies, I have had the opportunity to expand my knowledge on the subject. I would like to share my own opinion of a healthy, balanced diet. First, some key points:
- Rid your pantry and refrigerator of any and all processed foods. I’m talking about the pre-packaged empty calories that not one person on Earth needs in their diet. Just throw it away and keep it away, it is the enemy.
- Surround yourself with foods that nourish your body. Fresh or frozen fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy and lean meats. These are the key to a balanced diet.
- Do not be afraid of the vegetables. I find that a lot of people turn up their nose to vegetables of any kind. Maybe they had bad experiences with them when they were younger. Luckily, tastes change as you grow up, so those people need to give vegetables another try! TIP: my go-to way to cook vegetables is to wash and cut them, drizzle olive oil on them and roast them in the oven on 375 degrees until they are a little crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Once cooked, sprinkle salt and pepper on and enjoy! (My personal favorites are fresh broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts and eggplant.)
- Buy the rainbow and buy what you like. Pair your favorite fruit with natural peanut butter or greek yogurt! Pair your favorite vegetable with a cheese you enjoy! Before you know it, it’ll become like second-nature.
- Stay consistent. When you buy healthy, you eat healthy. Why? Because you have no other choice of course (haha, just kidding!) Basically, foods are like friends. You want to surround yourself with the good ones so they can make you happy and nourish your mind!
- Eating healthy will make you feel really, really good. Your belly will feel better because it will be getting the nutrients it needs to achieve its own balance. You’ll sleep better feeling satisfied. You will also notice clearer skin and more energy once you cut the junk out of your diet. Also don’t forget you will feel better about yourself & be in a better mood!
This is just the beginning of my food philosophy; there will be oh so much more to come. I hope you all are having a fantastic start to the New Year and are keeping your resolutions in mind!