The Healthier Choice
You are what you eat! An apple a day keeps the doctor away! You know these proverbs, and you've heard them before, but do you understand the message? Hippocrates, a man regarded as the "Father of Medicine" had famously said, “Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.” The foundation of your entire life begins with the food you eat, and this is how you fuel your actions and thoughts. Most health problems, mental and physical, are caused by a poor dietary intake. Nutritional awareness can literally save your life, but it's an act of self-discipline meaning you, and only you, can make the change. Make the healthier choice.
Don't worry, you don't have to be extreme and go vegan or anything. Just understand that life presents you with choices every second of your life, and it's up to you to make the smart move. You can look at it like money if you want to, and say that a healthy diet is an investment towards your own future. With each healthy decision you make, you're adding to a savings account of true wealth, your health. Some people say it's too expensive to make those healthier food choices, but when you get hit with a huge medical bill in 15 years for a preventable debilitating or chronic illness, you'll be wondering why it had to be you. So, what are my "healthy choices"?
Less processed food. Less unhealthy fats. Less food in general, and more quality nutrition. This means not going out as much, and focusing more on expanding your culinary knowledge and expertise in the kitchen. It also means eating more fruits and veggies. Do you have to cut out meat? No. But you should know how to cook the plants in your life because that's where the flavor and nutrition comes from. Here are some basic guidelines you can follow while you learn more on your quest for nutritional awareness.
Vegetables are friends and food. It almost doesn't matter which veggies you choose as long as you include a wide variety of them. Carrots, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, broccoli, garlic, asparagus, beets, onions spinach, peppers, brussels sprouts, and many more.
Fast food is an insult to food. Stray away from those drive-thrus on lunch break or ordering from that third-party delivery service you have a coupon for. This includes processed meat, so that means limiting all that bacon and sausage.
Quality foods means a quality life. Glucose is what fuels your brain, but where are you getting all that precious energy from? Pick the brown rice over the white rice. Pick the whole grain bread and pasta instead of cheating yourself. Drop the butter, cake, and extra cheese. Opt for healthier fats like avocados or vegetable based spreads and oils.
Sugar is sweet, but preventable disease is not. If you've got a sweet tooth, look for alternatives like fruits (yes, go try those fruits you've never tried before in the produce section of your market). Dark chocolate over milk or sweet chocolates. Make it fun and mix the dark chocolate and fruit in a little homemade health bowl.
The most important meal of the day. The first thing you eat in a day is what will decide how efficient you are in your thoughts and actions. If you want to be operating at 100% capacity from the get-go, then you better tip the scales and start balancing that breakfast.
Consistency is key, but don't sabotage yourself. The only way this investment works is if you actively make the healthier choice every day, but just like any habit, it can take a while to get used to. It will take just as long to shake your bad habits away as it will to implement these new ones, but a smart transition can help. Give yourself a cheat day here and there, but be self-disciplined about it. Know that slip-ups happen, but the most important thing is to get right back at it.
There is so much more, but at least you've got some basics on how to be more nutritionally aware in your life. If the foundation is weak then the structure will crumble, so always make sure you build yourself up correctly with every single decision every single day. The High Vibrations Community has resources for you to get started in practical and flavorful plant-based recipes, and please don't hesitate to contact us with any ideas on what you might like to see in the next post!
- James Hernandez