The most popular questions, or comments I get is what does your fridge look like? What do you eat to be healthy?
Well today I’m going to tell you and show you.
First off, let me tell you I have lost the actual photo of MY fridge so I have substituted with someone else’s kind of wonderful. Love to whoever you are!
For another time all together, I just want to reiterate that it’s best to shop the outside perimeter of the grocery store. That is truly where everything you need is. Well, ok, you do need to VERY QUICKLY, as to not be tempted, scoot down an isle to grab only a few essentials such as heavenly organic coffee, natural fruit juices and paper products.
One of the things I usually do is check out the local flyers but I already know where to get the best deals on kitchen pantry staples at the best prices and I absolutely LOVE to wander the local farmer’s market for fresh produce and some minimally processed flours. For local Ontario hot spots, click here to locate several that are close to you.
Let’s get to it as I give a run down of my lovely fridge cornucopia. I have had my daughter, now 11 off of dairy since the age of 2 when she was getting a funky rash all the time. Her little face was covered with eczema and the doctors didn’t seem to have an answer so I did some research and alas, the rash cleared up HUGE in as little as a day and a half after taking her off dairy!
Our milk of choice in the house is cashew milk, coconut milk and unsweetened almond milk. These are fantastic alternatives and much more healthy for you. The coconut milk is much higher in fat than say, 1% regular cow milk but that is perfectly ok because it is an essential fatty acid with many great properties. For starters, it is not made with growth hormones which some regular cow milk is and there is no fear of added antibiotics.
It is packed with vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5, and B6 as well as iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Coconut contains potassium, sodium, magnesium and chloride, all of which help to keep the body hydrated and properly functioning.
And guess what this all adds up to? A fantastic anti-ager!!!!! Count me in baby!!
Next up, you can see an abundance of greens. I have a big bag of kale, a bag of fresh spinach, a mesclun mix salad, cucumbers and organic romaine hearts. The best part of these is that they are easily accessible in individual bags so you can just grab and go in no time flat. The convenience of putting good, clean, fresh food right smack in your face is the best form of action to get a meal quick.
Over the last couple of decades, researchers working out of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto in conjunction with Genuine Health have discovered two main super points about eating greens. The first is they create something called osteoblasts. What this little mechanism does is actually create new bone. It adds to our bone matrix and when it does this, it strengthens the bones. the article is here.
Does this sound familiar? Like maybe a calcium magnesium supplement? HHhhhmmmm. Sounds like it.
That’s because it is. Even though supplementation has it’s place, its ALWAYS better to get your nutrients from food first.
You will always see fresh fruit. Particularly, I like to stick with what’s in season in my area for optimal freshness, but it doesn’t end there. Berries are HUGE on the nutrition scale and you should get as many varieties as you can. Fresh orchard picked apples are in right now and there a million different varieties.
Versatility is the name of the game too when it comes to food choices and all the above mentioned can be used many different ways. We will get into that at another time.
The last two major mentionables are eggs and fish oil. Eggs are a complete protein, which means they have a perfect amino acid profile with all 9 essential amino’s. This means your body can easily and readily use it for muscle and cell repair, building lean body mass and helping you stay fuller longer.
And eggs. Eggs are like hummus to me. I can’t live without them. No sense trying, cuz I can’t. You wouldn’t want to anyways. Eggs are very inexpensive and you can do a million things with them.
Here is something maybe you didn’t know. If you cooked an egg and eat it with the yolk runny, it is full of essential fatty acids BUT if you eat an egg that has the yolk cooked hard, it becomes a saturated fat. Wow, food for thought, huh? That’s what your Body Health Coach is here for. To educate you and dispel the unknown. One large egg is only 77 calories, 2 grams of saturated fat and 6 grams of protein.
I usually buy the egg whites separate (in a carton). Simply because I go through a ton of eggs alone and I hate wasting the yolks. If I had dogs, they would have really shiny coats!! But I don’t.
A pretty nice looking fridge if I do say so myself. The most important thing is nutrition, of course!….but also to stock your fridge full of easy to get at, easy to prepare foods that are going to keep you on track, motivated and most of all – LEAN!!
Have a great day lovelies! It’s the weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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