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For health reason I must change the why I eat and cook.
Lets explain what clean eating (CE) is. I've found this explanation of clean eating it "Clean Eating for Dummies". It says.....Eating Clean
The Basic Principles of Eating Clean involves not only choosing the right foods to eat but also avoiding all of the junk foods and processed foods that are so readily available. The keys to good health and proper nutrition are in the following principles:
Eat whole foods: Whole foods are foods that haven’t been tampered with, in the lab or the manufacturing plant. The foods you eat on this plan are straight from the farm: whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains, grass-fed and free-range meats, low fat dairy products, unsalted nuts, and seeds.
Avoid processed foods: Processed foods are any food that has a label. A label means that more than one ingredient was used to make that food. You don’t have to eliminate all processed foods (like whole grain pasta or natural cheeses), but if you can’t pronounce an ingredient on a label, don’t put that food in your shopping basket.
Eliminate refined sugar. Refined sugar provides nothing but calories. Other sweeteners can be used, but with all the good foods you add to your diet, refined sugar really has very little place in the eating clean plan.
Eat five or six small meals a day. By eating smaller meals throughout the day you can help rev up your metabolism and reduce the chance that you’ll eat some Funyuns rather than that whole grain cracker with nut butter and strawberries. You never get so hungry on this plan that you’ll feel deprived or feel the need to cheat.
Cook your own meals. Instead of buying meals in a box, cook meals from scratch. That’s not as hard as it sounds! Clean, whole foods need little preparation beyond chopping and sautéing to make satisfying, delicious meals your family will love.
Combine protein with carbs. When you do snack or eat a meal, make sure that meal is balanced.
Mar 9, 2014
Mar 5, 2014
Thought this was interesting...
You're in a funk: Eat sweet potatoes
You know that stuffing your face to feel better, happier or calmer doesn’t usually work. But in certain cases, noshing can actually help. When life bites, here’s how to bite back!
When you’re feeling low, resist the urge to reach for chips or candy, and bake an orange tater instead. “Sweet potatoes are one of the most nutritious sources of carbohydrates, and when you consume carbs, they create an instant surge in serotonin, a feel-good chemical that lifts mood,” says Lyssie Lakatos, R.D., co-author of The Secret to Skinny. And thanks to the fiber in the tubers, the carbs will enter your blood stream at a more gradual rate, helping keep your energy level stable. Read: You won’t crash later and revert to being a grumpy pants, as can happen after a peanut butter cup binge.
You can't sleep: Eat hummus
This Middle Eastern dip may help you dive into a deep slumber, says Jackie Newgent, R.D.N., culinary nutritionist and author of 1,000 Low-Calorie Recipes. Tryptophan, an amino acid in chickpeas, is a precursor to melatonin, and levels of this hormone rise in the evening, making you sleepy.
Your muscles ache: Drink tart cherry juice
If your trainer pushed you today and you want to give it your all tomorrow on the treadmill, swap your protein shake for cherry juice. “Tart cherries have anti-inflammatory antioxidants called anthocyanins, which may help in reducing muscle soreness after exercise,” says Sonu Ahluwalia, M.D., clinical chief of orthopedic surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Studies have shown that drinking tart cherry juice before and after exercising can ease pain and may help speed up recovery time, so have some today and again tomorrow.
You feel sluggish: Drink coconut water
Having low energy is sometimes a sign that you're not drinking enough water throughout the day. “Without enough water, nutrients and oxygen can’t get to your brain and muscles efficiently, and you feel tired,” Lakatos says. “As little as 2 percent dehydration may leave you less able to concentrate.” She recommends skipping the coffee and turning to coconut water for a pick-me-up since it has electrolytes such as magnesium, calcium and potassium, which help regulate how and where fluids are distributed throughout the body.
Your stomach is rebelling: Drink peppermint tea
Whether you’re battling IBS or indigestion, drinking one to two cups of peppermint tea may help straighten you out when you find yourself doubled over after a heavy, unsettling meal, says Shilpi Agarwal, M.D., a board-certified family medicine and integrative and holistic medicine physician. Studies have shown that peppermint can help relieve abdominal pain and discomfort by suppressing the muscle spasms that make you want to curl up in bed.
You have a pounding migraine: Eat spinach
Instead of popping a pill, try a salad. “Magnesium is used in the ER to treat acute migraine attacks, and spinach contains magnesium as well as riboflavin, another nutrient that may help alleviate migraines,” Dr. Ahluwalia says.” While studies and hospitals use supplements, foods certainly can’t hurt to try.
Your blood sugar is low: Eat dried apricots
The best way to increase your blood sugar levels is to consume sugar—but this doesn't mean you should plunge your face into a bowl of jelly beans. “If you feel like your levels have dipped too low, go for a healthy sweet source, such as dried apricots, which immediately increase blood sugar levels because they are rich in glucose and low in fructose,” says nutritionist Dana James, founder and director of Food Coach NYC, who recommends the fruit to hypoglycemic clients. Stick to no more than five pieces to avoid raising your blood sugar too much too quickly, though.
Mar 2, 2014
It might not be spring yet, but the time to start planting seeds is just about here! If you have a greenhouse, or a sunny window at home, you can begin planting and growing seeds indoors now, to transplant in your kitchen garden. Gardeners know the importance of enriching the soil. So, here’s an easy, natural and inexpensive way to give your vegetable plants a great start and enrich your garden bed in the process.
Save your egg cartons and organic egg shells. Keep an empty egg carton in the kitchen. As you crack an egg, place the empty shell halves in the egg carton. If the egg didn’t crack evenly, place it in the egg carton anyway. You can place another egg shell on top of it. When your carton is filled with egg shells, you’re ready to fill them with a quality potting soil, seeds and water. Place in front of a sunny window, or beneath a grow light to give your spring planting a jump start.
When it’s time to transfer your seedlings outdoors, tap the bottom of the egg shell with a hand trowel to crack it and plant the seedling within its shell directly into your garden bed. Cracking the shell will ensure proper drainage and allow the shell to start decomposing and nourishing the plant roots and garden soil.
Eggshells are an organic, biodegradable plant pot that adds calcium, nitrogen and phosphoric acid to your garden soil. Eggshells are also useful as a snail deterrent, protecting tender garden plants.
Happy Spring Gardening!
Feb 28, 2014
In the past couple of years, I have quit using any non-organic flour and I have replaced everything in my cupboards that contained GMO or was non-organic. I've been making my own bread and other baked goods and my problems have all gone away.
I think this article explains why.