The food choices we make on a daily basis result in better overall health. Genetics play a part in this equation, but I want to point out something here. Family members who are about the same age as me but do not eat clean, are very often sick with colds, sinus problems, or headaches as well as other aches and pains caused by eating mostly fast, convenient, butter, sugar and salt-loaded foods. I haven’t had a cold in six years.
“What dressing do you use on your salad?” I get this question every day. The answer is none or a small amount of aged balsamic vinegar, a squeeze of lemon or maybe lime. I avoid all condiments. There has been no mayonnaise, salad dressing, catsup or yellow mustard in my home for years. Processed, wrapped in plastic yellow stuff that looks like cheese and luncheon meat of any type are not things I ever eat or buy. I do not eat pre-packaged manufactured or drive up window types of food.
When I get up in the morning, I have two cups of black coffee. I no longer use any creamer, and I never use sweetener. Breaking your addiction to sugar, fat, and salt is the start to good health and enjoying how real food tastes. The coffee is followed by two glasses of water with the juice of half a lemon squeezed into it. (Use a glass straw to avoid damaging tooth enamel.) As we sleep, we lose hydration so it is important to replace it as soon as you wake up. My breakfast includes whole, unprocessed grains, seeds, nuts and fresh fruit every morning. I sip filtered water all day. I never drink any type of soda.
When we go out for a meal, we always order a dish to share such as wild caught fish with vegetables. I often order just a salad with balsamic vinegar dressing on the side (so that I can control if and how much of it I consume). I avoid bread and butter. The “butter” is often margarine, which I would never knowingly eat. A side order of steamed broccoli is the perfect addition to a bed of fresh greens. If we join others at a steakhouse, I order a salad with a side of sauteed onion and mushrooms.
All of my food choices center around whole natural organic things as close to the way it was harvested from the earth as possible, and I always eat less than what I am served. We American’s started supersizing everything in the seventies. It is now common to be served a platter of food that would have fed a family of three in the 1950’s. If we are not mindful, we consume many more calories than we need and those calories may come from food that has very little nutritional value. Do you ever eat an order of fast food and then find that you are hungry again in two hours?
We were taking a stroll around the grounds of the Antler Hill Village to enjoy the mild weather before dinner. I wore a top by Clara Sunwoo over pants by Lior Paris, both items are old from ShopMyFairLady.com. The shoes are old by BCBGeneration.