Want to create healthy food habits? How about crowding out the unhealthy ones?
It was my desire to live a healthier life that led me over time to leaning toward more and more nutrition-rich foods. The next step was to literally "crowd out" the bad habits.
Once I had fully adopted truly healthy food habits and have enjoyed this new lifestyle for years (I'm a young-at-heart senior in my mid-sixties now) -- I can now say this with conviction -
It was and CONTINUES TO BE one of the most gratifying experiences of my life.
Changing to a plant-based dietary lifestyle after years of research -- and yes, doubt -- is rewarding me with excellent health, strength, clarity of mind and full brain function.
No more "food fog" that would leave me sluggish after every meat-based meal.
You've heard this - Everything in moderation.
This may be valid for many things. Even with regard to exercise for seniors (as long as it's done regularly).
But when it comes to food -- moderation kills.
What do I mean?
There is nothing moderate about burdening your digestive system with any amount of animal protein and cholesterol. It will keep your immune system in a constant state of inflammation – trying to prevent these foreign proteins from wreaking havoc with every cell in your body.
Due to the heavily meat-centered Standard American Diet, the U.S. is now the world's sickest, overweight or obese, overmedicated, but undernourished country.
According to the famous biochemist, nutritionist and microbiologist Dr. T. Colin Campbell of Cornell University and author of the China Study, animal protein is one of the most toxic nutrients of all.
He says "Risk for disease goes up dramatically when even a little animal protein is added to the diet."
Yes, your body needs cholesterol to live and function well. That's why YOUR BODY MAKES ALL THE CHOLESTEROL IT NEEDS.
There's no need to add any animal flesh to it – no matter what the incredibly wealthy and therefore powerful meat-selling interests would have you believe.
You can create healthy food habits by crowding out the animal products – that includes eggs, cheese and other dairy – on your dinner plate and replace them with healthful whole plant-based foods.
Get your protein from plant sources, such as nuts, legumes, mushrooms, sprouts, and grains.
Actually, mixing vegetable, grains and some plant protein have a powerful synergistic effect.
Eating highly processed foods – never mind the pictures of colorful fruits and vegetables printed on the boxes this stuff comes in – is NOT healthy. These edible food-like substances promote disease and the shortening of your life.
They promote addiction instead of healthy food habits by scientifically combining sugars, salt and fats in just the right amounts.
I urge you to eliminate all added sugars (learn all their deceiving names), added fats (especially saturated fats from animal products), and reduce your salt intake greatly.
Avoid these foods like the plague. Instead…
Enjoy a minimum of three meals a day. Five smaller ones would be better as they are less taxing on your digestive system. Make two of them healthy snacks. This will keep you from getting too hungry – and then overeating.
Plan your meals, so you don't snack the unhealthy things.
Start with a healthy, satisfying breakfast (look for mine here: Hint – it's the Big Breakfast Bowl).
Always chew the food slowly and thoroughly. Your senses will become more aware of how delicious real food tastes.
Your visual senses will enjoy the multitude of colors that fruits and vegetables provide. The more colors the more nutrients.
Eat your smaller meals in the evening.
Make it a habit to drink water throughout the day.
Enlist my support and encouragement by contacting me. Here's why.
It's not always easy to make changes - even if they'll make you healthier and improve your chances for a longer and fulfilling life. However, being "accountable" to someone has a good chance of success.
Good news: Establishing healthy food habits takes only a short time. Three weeks or so is what the scientists say.
You don't have to make them all at the same time. "Lean into" them first.
You're going to love them. You're going to embrace and adopt them.
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