There is boundless information about dieting these days. Everyone is trying to be a health guru and it seems they all have different advice on what to do to be healthy or shed those unwanted pounds. I’m not saying it’s bad information, but there is so much that it’s hard to know what to listen to or even pick a direction.
The thing I don’t like is that most of the advice on foods is based on foods and ingredients that are hard to find or not part of the average person’s everyday tastes (uh, flaxseed? I’m supposed to eat that?).
About 9 years ago I had reached maximum density and felt horrible. I tried one of the trendy diets and within a couple days I was starting to stray. The problem wasn’t the lack of desire or willpower, it was that the food they suggested I eat was too difficult to prepare either because I couldn’t find the ingredients or I just didn’t have time.
So, I broke down the recipes and figured out how I could alter what I ate on a normal basis to fit in the guidelines of the diet. This worked so well that I lost 30 lbs. within a couple months and I have been able to keep it off for over nine years.
There are way more than 5 foods that would qualify, but I wanted to keep it short and simply show you how you can change what you eat on a normal basis to help you be healthy.
So here goes:
I love eggs. They get a bad wrap and it seems every other year they are either great for you or bad for you. They are typically associated with high cholesterol and heart disease, but there have been plenty of studies recently that have proven otherwise. I won’t go into all that technical mumbo-jumbo, you can read it at Livescience.com. The good thing is they are high in protein and vitamins A, D and E plus a lot more.
They are simple to prepare: throw them in a pan and fry or scramble them up. They taste awesome and are a great, easy to prepare food source.
Along with my eggs in the morning, I down coffee. I love the stuff. In fact, I get excited to go to bed not because of the sleep and rest, but because I know coffee will be waiting for me when I wake up. Other than the jolt in can give you to get you going (not necessarily a health benefit), it has been shown to decrease overall mortality, protect against Parkinson’s disease and type 2 diabetes.
Simple to prepare: I have a coffee pot with a timer, so its ready to in the pot when I wake in the morning.
I normally eat celery as a snack during the day. I don’t always have time to prepare a big salad so I use celery as an alternative. Celery is a great source of vitamin K, A and C and potassium. It’s high in dietary fiber (uh, trust me on this).
Simple to prepare: really simple; wash slice into smaller pieces (if you want) and eat!
Yes, hummus. I just discovered hummus two years ago on vacation. The main ingredient in hummus is Chick Peas and is often flavored with garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and more. Chick Peas are high in fiber and protein, zinc and magnesium. I like to dip my celery in it and use it on sandwiches instead of mayo.
Simple to prepare: while you can make your own, there are numerous brands available to buy, so no prep at all!
I’m not a vegetarian, so won’t get into that debate, and I loves me some chicken. Not the kind slathered in breading and grease, though. Chicken is a very lean protein source, has tryptophan, which increases serotonin that helps fight depression and selenium, which aids in metabolic performance.
Simple to prepare: rinse it off, throw it on the grill and eat. Maybe with a side of hummus and celery.
Like I said, there are a lot of foods that would fit in this list. There are many other vegetables and fruits that can be simple to make ready to eat. Some other things I did to cut the weight was to cut out the bread and sugar, but that will have to be another article.
What are your favorite simple foods to eat for better health?