Bringing Health into the Kitchen

Ready to make healthy choices and change your life? You've come to the right place. The best way to start being healthier is to start in the kitchen. Nutrition is 80% of what it means to be healthy. Having a kitchen that is ready to support your transition is important.


However, just because you are trying to eat a nutritious diet, it doesn't mean you have to consider it as putting limits on your food choices. It's one thing to commit to being healthy, and it's another to restrict yourself to a diet of plain lettuce. The trick is following through and knowing which parts of your current food plan could benefit from some renovation. Time to bring health to the hearth of your home.

Go Green for Some Mean Benefits

The best thing you can do for your body is to add greens and vegetables. The old food pyramid many of us grew up with promoted a diet heavy in bread and carbs. Over time though, researchers realized the food pyramid did not actually promote a healthy diet.

The revamped food pyramid shows that you want the majority of your diet to be full of leafy greens. Lettuce, spinach, kale, etc. All of these have amazing health benefits. You also want to add different color veggies as well. Things like bell peppers, carrots, and zucchini are starters.

With veggies in general but especially greens, it's best to get natural produce. This doesn't necessarily mean they are labeled organic (because that term itself is misleading). You just want produce that was raised in the local area with minimal pesticides.

Going local is best in this case. It helps your community and the environment. Shopping local does mean that you'll have to go shopping more often since produce goes bad quickly. However, the benefits are worth it.

Keep the Protein Well-Sourced

With protein, you want to make sure you avoid over-consumption. Excess protein from animal meat turns into fat. If you are up to the challenge of being vegan, you can find protein from beans, tofu, and other plants.

As with produce, you also want to think about the source of your protein. There are a lot of ways to get meat that is better than factory-farmed and pumped full of chemicals. Local farmers like Seven Sons at offer meat that has been ethically raised and not fed GMOs.

Stay Away from Sugar

Sugar is the deadliest killer. It clogs our arteries, throws off our natural balance, and is extremely addictive. Natural sugar from fruits is the only acceptable form because it comes with fiber from the skin. The fiber is what helps humans digest sugar.

Try not to buy sugar in bulk. If the foods that you purchase have sugar in them, that is one thing. But try to keep pure sugar out of your cabinet. Alternatives like Stevia and Splenda aren't much better. Try to go with natural alternatives like apple sauce and dates if you want something sweet.

Caffeine Be Gone

When making your kitchen a health haven, stay away from caffeine. This mostly refers to coffee and energy drinks. These drinks are not good for you. They disrupt your heart rhythm and blood flow. You might see the benefits of heightened alertness for a couple of hours, but the crash isn't worth it.

If you need some caffeine, try to stick with tea. Decaf coffee has too many chemicals in it.

The Kitchen Is the Home of Vitality

If you eat out a lot, strive to cook at home more often. Your journey to health in the kitchen. This is where you spend a lot of time and how you get most of your nutrients. With the items listed here stocked in your fridge or pantry, and with careful attention to portions, a healthier you is not far off.



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