When it comes to healthy and clean nutrition, the following guidelines are a good set of general rules to follow, in my humble opinion :). I have no papyrus paper, so must transmit this information to you via blog post:
1. Eat plantastic. Let legumes (lentils, chickpeas, red beans, etc.), fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts and seeds be at the heart of your diet.
2. Be a modern day hunter-gatherer (minus the Neanderthal clothing/fig leaf). As much as possible, try to eat local and organic foods. Know where your food comes from. The slow food movement is here and it is here to stay.
3. Show the animals some love. Reduce or eliminate animal products from your diet and if you choose to consume animal proteins, try to make certain they were treated humanely and were fed foods they would eat if in nature. This also comes back to traceability. Favor grass-fed, wild-caught, free-range and organic whenever possible. Remember that you vote with your dollars so why vote for factory farms where animals live in horrendous and cruel conditions?
4. Avoid foods that will live longer than you will. If a food is transformed to the point that it will likely “live” to see the end of the world, it’s clearly not the best for you.
5. Eat a variety of foods. Eating healthfully does not mean eating salad at each mealtime. Keep things interesting by trying new foods or different types of cuisine each week. This will help you stay on track. Food is meant to be enjoyed. Get in touch with your inner Epicurean. Be epicurious 😉
6. Listen to your body! Your body knows when it is hungry and when it is full, you just need to tune in to the signals (you should know the code to your body’s own wifi 🙂 ). Emotional and social overeating can be overcome through mindfulness.
Remember, it is never too early or too late to start caring about your health.
Much much love!!