Question: Hi Luise: I eat a lot of fast foods and am in need of a healthy food list. Healthy eating is not something I know how to do. However, if I had a list of healthy foods to eat on the go maybe I could do better. Do you know of any healthy fast foods that are easy to make and take with me, so I don’t waste money. I have found that eating healthy is expensive, and I think part of my attraction to fast foods is I can eat on a budget. Thanks, Doug (Oh, and I’m a single guy)
Answer: Dear Doug-The-Single: Well, aren’t you a breath of fresh air to even address this subject! I can tell you very seriously that what you eat matters. I had two sons. One was determined to include healthy lifestyle features in his daily routine and the other one refused to give it a moment’s thought. The first is alive and well and the second died of the complications of obesity. So, I am responding to you with a great deal of respect.
It may take a little time for you to get used to what I am going to suggest. It did me. Plain foods are going to be your new best friends. Prepared and processed foods are full of preservatives, hormones, pesticides, heavy metals and antibiotics. So are most meats, fish, poultry and dairy products.
Buy fresh fruit, wash it and take it with you. Buy eggs from cage-free hens, boil them and take them with you. Buy fresh vegetables, wash them and take them with you. Buy nuts that aren’t salted, like raw almonds, and haul them along for treats. Buy organic turkey and chicken, bake it and freeze it, so you can grab a piece and put it into your stash. Most fish is loaded with heavy metals. Eat only wild, pure fish. Give goat cheese a try. It sounded gross to me but I find I love it.
You pay more for organic meats and poultry but you save a lot by not buying prepared and processed foods. (You have to pay someone to prepare, process and package it.) Stay away from grains because they are loaded with pesticides. Get sprouted wheat bread and organic butter. Get organic peanut butter because the regular is very toxic stuff.
When you’re at home, create a list of healthy snacks, like protein shakes. Pass on sugar and sugar substitutes, sodas and baked goods. Watch your salt intake. Check out www.mercola.com and www.annlouise.com to give your self some solid footing. Honest to goodness, eating healthy can be both simple and economical…and once you develop a taste for it, sticking to a healthy food list can be a pleasurable experience. Blessings, Luise