We don’t need complexity to be healthy

Written by MARABOND on March 18, 2013

Many people I know feel that it is too complicated, expensive and impractical to be healthy.

 

In particular, I am thinking of people who work full time, arrive home and choose some pasta with ready-made sauce, then after dinner the body is starving for good nutrients is sending messages of starvation, then the person chooses snacks such as chocolate, ice cream, packed chips or salted nuts. Our brain does not know how to send different messages for vitamins and minerals, and is loaded with emotional needs.

 

Well, my tip is to teach your mind and body, to appreciate simple plain foods, without unnecessary or excessive sauces, additives, condiments and spices.

 

Start by adding a raw grated carrot on the side of your plate. In time, you may be able to distinguish the difference between one organic carrot and a supermarket one.

 

Then start cooking your vegetables, by steaming them, and leaving them ‘al dente’, to preserve the nutrients, and present them on the middle of the table informally, so everyone can pick and choose.

Another idea: make a simple broth with mild olive oil, orange or lemon, a tiny amount of salt and pepper, and steam your fish. This broth is not made to hide the flavour of the fish, but to emphasize, so you can taste the fish instead of cream, spices, and so on.

 

Eat consciously, thinking about everyone involved in planting your food, in bringing it to your house. Concentrate on how your choice of food today brings you health and motivation to achieve your health goals. Chew calmly and with positive thoughts. All this seems obvious all these, doesn’t it?

 

Once I went to a health retreat, where at every meal, we all sat alone, to exercise our conscious eating habits. I remember that I took 35 minutes to eat one piece of farm made organic bread and 150ml of juice, some guest took longer.

 

Although the act of chewing your food is essential for your digestion, the digestion does not start in your mouth, but in your brain. When we start thinking about food, our body is already preparing enzymes to digest it.

 

So there is truth on that phase, ‘I can’t even stare at sweets, without beginning to put on weight’

 

Lots of health and motivation for you

 

Mara Bond , Nutritionist, Enhance Wellness

 

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