Here at Aquasana we are obsessed with living healthy. At the beginning of this year, our team members made a commitment to drop excess fat and improve our overall fitness. Each and everyone of us has made changes in diet and exercise in an effort to ‘up’ the fitness level. While each individual approach to fitness has been a unique combination of eating healthier and daily exercise, there has been one consistent factor with all approaches: Real food.
That’s right. Real food. Nothing processed. No ingredients you can’t pronounce, just real whole foods. I’ve always been a fairly ‘healthy’ eater having given up meat several years ago and making an attempt to go gluten free as much as possible. But when I decided to get really serious about eating as healthy as possible, I realized there were things that had crept into my diet that just had to go. These items included: bottled salad dressings, mayonnaise, crackers, fast foods, latte’s and even so-called ‘healthy foods’ that included non-natural or non-organic ingredients.
I will admit, eating healthy requires a bit of planning and organization, but it’s totally worth it. I feel fantastic, have reduced my body fat, have more energy, sleep better and really enjoy time in the kitchen with my daughter cooking and planning our weekly meal strategy. Following are a few of my favorite tips for pursuing a real food strategy:
SHOP the outer limits: Try to stay on the outer aisles of the grocery store where the whole foods are located–bakery, produce, meats, dairy.
READ food packages and you will be shocked at the things that are in the packaged food products. If a food contains something you cannot pronounce, don’t buy it.
DRINK water. It is the only beverage your body really needs – make sure it is filtered water, free of toxins.
COOK your own meals and plan for multiple meals. Saving a portion of dinner for lunch the next day makes you eat less and waste nothing.
JUICE make your own or purchase from an all-natural, organic source, juicing is a great way to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your diet.
EAT smaller meals more often. Try to get 5 small, healthy meals in per day: 6 am, 9 am, 12 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm,
NEVER shop hungry and try to avoid the following, always: fast food, packaged foods, canned foods. Most packaged and canned food products contain things like: trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, refined grains, silicon dioxide, sodium benzoate and propylene glycol, just to name a few non-natural ingredients.
Say goodbye to processed foods and experience the rewards of healthy living. Who’s craving kale?