When I stopped eating processed foods and red meat in 2011, I lost more than forty-five pounds in less than six months. While this was a lovely bonus, feeling so much younger was the better accomplishment. A myriad of health issues that were affecting my quality of life melted away. My doctor was shocked when I showed up for a follow-up visit only six months later. She still tells me I am her inspiration for making healthier choices.
When I visited my friend’s house for the first time as my newly healthier version, she asked me, “But how do you know what to eat?” It is a question I’ve been asked many times over the years. If you don’t like or want to cook or you live alone, preparing meals may seem like a waste of time. I’ve learned to shop for healthy options that don’t require much cooking.
Each morning begins with two cups of organically grown coffee, followed by two glasses of filtered water with the juice of half a lemon in each.
Even though Mr. Mickey and I live in the same house, we only see each other for a couple of hours each day and rarely have a meal together. I rise many hours earlier, and he still works four days a week with his daughter at her business. He also dines with friends often. That means I mostly eat alone. I want those choices to be the healthiest, so I plan my grocery shopping with that priority in mind.
Breakfast might be yogurt, berries, granola, and a drizzle of local honey. I still prepare my favorite nutrition-packed breakfast porridge at least once a week. It keeps us feeling satisfied for most of the rest of the day. That recipe is here.
A baked sweet potato with butter and cinnamon can be part of breakfast or late lunch. A large potato can be sliced, mashed, and stored in the refrigerator for three meals. Hot or cold, it has a lovely flavor. (I rarely eat anything after 3 pm.)
My afternoon meal may include a variety of fresh vegetables and sliced avocado, with excellent olive oil and hummus. An afternoon meal could instead be a soft-boiled egg, wild-caught sardines, and some olives. My choices change with the seasons and what looks best as I shop in the produce aisles, but fresh vegetables are always a priority.
My food choices have been similar since 2011, so I’ve shared several posts on this subject. If you would like to look back at earlier ones, they are here – here – here – here and here.