The food choices we make daily result in better overall health. Genetics play a part in the equation, but I want to point out that some of my family members are about the same age as me but do not eat clean. They 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 often. The answer is none or a small amount of aged balsamic vinegar, a small amount of pure olive oil, 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 yellow plastic 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. Two glasses of water follow the coffee with the juice of half a lemon squeezed into them. (Use a glass straw to avoid damaging tooth enamel.) As we sleep, we lose hydration, so it is essential 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 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 prepared as close to the way it was harvested from the earth as possible. I always eat less than what is served. We American’s started supersizing and adding cheese to 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 1950s. 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.