how do I eat healthy

How to eat healthy isn’t complicated it really is quite simple. There’s so much clutter out there so let’s cut through all the noise and just get down to the basics. What follows are 3 simple rules that, if you follow them say 85% of the time, will put you well and truly on the road to eating healthy and amazing health.

Quit Processed Food

If I had to choose the most important of the 3 rules this would win hands down. In fact doing just this one rule will make you one million times healthier. The other 2 are just the icing on the cake.

It’s much easier to tell you what is not processed food than give you a long list of all the processed foods of the world.

Everything that’s not a whole food in its purest natural form is processed food…

…But

Think of Processed food as on a spectrum from unprocessed whole foods to lightly processed all the way through to medium processed which we can tolerate in small doses and ultra processed  “junk’ foods, chemically laden, sugar laden, salt laden and full of bad fats which we should aim never to eat.

processed food spectrum

Eat always from the top 2 green boxes, sometimes from the amber box and never from the red box, and you’ll be eating healthy.

85% Green is a good target.

Why?

For much more insight into the problems with processed food read my blog post ‘Reset Your Tastebuds, Ditch the Processed Food.

How?

As a general rule of thumb the less ingredients there are the less processed it is and if you can’t pronounce it you probably shouldn’t eat it😂. But remember the 85% rule. You don’t have to be perfect😁

quit sugar quit processed food

Eat More Raw

When I say raw I mean raw produce, or to be specific fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Yes, of course you can cook your veg. and still be healthy but eating much more of your produce raw just makes you feel and look amazing and for that reason alone it’s worth doing.

Everyone can benefit from eating more raw. There are some essential vitamins, antioxidants, nutrients and enzymes that are destroyed during the cooking process. So, to protect us from illness and just for our general health and wellbeing it’s a really good idea to try and up our raw game.

Note that I say Eat MORE raw not Eat ALL raw.  You don’t have to be perfect!!!

Why?

Click here to read my blog post ‘Why we should be eating more raw

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How?

There are numerous ways for you to eat more raw. If easier, you can start small and slowly increase it.

Try to work up to 5 raw a day.

Here’s a few of my favourites.

For more detail click here to read my blog post Rawlicious,5 easy and delicious ways to eat more raw.

Try to Eat Organic

Basically Organic food is food grown or reared without the use of artificial pesticides and fertilisers and should not contain genetically modified ingredients.

Click here for what Wikipedia has to say about Organic food.

The UK Department for Agriculture and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) states that:

‘Organic food is the product of a farming system which avoids the use of man-made fertilisers, pesticides; growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Irradiation and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or products produced from or by GMOs are generally prohibited by organic legislation. 

DEFRA – Crown Copyright

Why?

I’m currently writing a more detailed post on ‘Why You Should Eat Organic’.

How?

You are what you eat. The healthier the food you eat, the healthier your body will be. It’s really that simple!!!

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