First of all, a big thank you to all the people that are now following my blog! I’m sure 60 isn’t a big number for some bloggers, but wow! I’m amazed!
One term that gets thrown around a lot is “healthy eating”. What does this mean? If you’d ask a dozen random people on the street, I’m sure you would get a dozen different answers. A vegetarian person I know considers the consumption of meat as not being possible within a healthy diet. Another friend frowns on the consumption of alcohol, that such a thing could never be part of a proper eating regimen.
What I think healthy eating is
For my money, the best definition I’ve heard came from my family doctor about ten years ago. He didn’t suggest any particular food groups, or portion sizes, or eating at certain times of the day. Nothing like that. It was actually pretty simple. To paraphrase, he said, “Andrew, limit or cut out all processed food, eat and cook with fresh ingredients, and don’t eat out, especially at any place where they serve you your meal across a counter.”
It made sense at the time, and it still does.
I’ve spoken about this on my blog already, but considering how much of our food is processed, I think it’s worth repeating. I stay away from anything that’s boxed or is full of additives. Apart from all the extra salt and sugar, there may be other nasty stuff in there as well. Reading the nutritional information labels, it’s easy to see how much processing alters food. As an example, if your grocery store labels meat with nutritional information, grab a steak from the fresh meat aisle, and then get a box of prepared steaks from the frozen section. Compare the labels. You’ll see lots of things in the boxed steak that you won’t see (or will see less of) in the fresh steak. I find the three biggest additions are salt, carbs/sugar and other additives (yellow #3, anyone?). Correct me if I’m wrong, but animal flesh DOES NOT HAVE CARBS/SUGAR IN IT! In something prepared, a gram or two of carbs can be chalked up to seasoning, but when I see lots of carbs in meat, I know something has been added. To illustrate, here’s a picture of the back of a package of fish snacks from a few weeks ago. Sorry for the poor quality, but the numbers are amazing: in a 100 gram portion, there’s 18 grams of carbs. Lovely. Never mind it also has a large amount of salt.
Wow, that was a bit of a rant. For the sake of your time, I’ll break this puppy into two posts. Stay healthy and have fun!