Wednesday, July 23, 2008

you asked...

and i'm sure more of you will so i'm posting this so that i dont have to write it a million times....

these are my tips on how to start eating healthier...

i listed that one website whfoods.com which is super awesome just cause it tells you how those foods work with your body... as far as shopping, i shop a lot at trader joes, but i shop at the normal store too, the most important thing isn't always organic... there are lists of foods that show what is most important to buy organic based on the amount of pesticides used... here's a website for that.

no matter what its really important to wash all the veggies and fruit you eat especially with all the salmonella and crap going around.... if the veggie hasn't been cut and infected inside you can still wash the salmonella off, they say e.coli can't be washed off... but you're still getting the pesticides off... i use veggie wash you can find here.
its all natural stuff but it gets of pesticides (or most) and wax and all...

as far as like pasta its not as important to get organic as it is to get whole grain, it has to be 100% whole grain... like whole wheat, spelt, etc or there is a brand called barilla plus (make sure is the PLUS) that is good cause its high protein pasta and is made with beans and egg whites, it doesn't even taste like it though! rice is important to get organic... mostly if you are buying something that comes in a package READ THE INGREDIENTS! seriously.. i think usually people dont really read stuff... like even your bread... most bread has high fructose corn syrup in it! insane.... the BEST bread you can find is ezekiel bread, its a complete protein which means its a protein that contains all of the essential amino acids for the dietary needs of humans or other animals. just in the bread! plus it doesn't have sugar in it, if you do get sweetened bread, its best to get it sweetened with honey, cause if they use sugar its refined. (also a lot of people dont know that brown sugar is the WORST sugar, its just white refined sugar with molasses added, the best is sucanat and the next best is turbanado aka sugar in the raw)

if the ingredients have stuff in it like what i listed on the other blog, not good... if it has things in it you can't pronounce, probably not good... stick to ingredients you can understand and you know what they are... then you know what's going in your body. it seems expensive to buy food like this at first but honestly you end up eating less cause you're not eating all that high fructose corn syrup that's making you feel more hungry. eating beans and brown rice is also a complete protein.... i dont buy meat cause we're vegetarians but you can get free range eggs and organic meat also organic milk (which means no hormones or antibiotics) at trader joes for pretty cheap.... if you dont have a trader joes where you live it might be more expensive but its totally worth it in the end.... check out places that are geared towards health food cause usually the basics like organic eggs and meat at those places are cheaper than the grocery store... as far as butter, dont replace it with something that is full of chemicals.... just use the butter! and dont over use it... when cooking its better to use a bit of olive oil (the best is macadamia nut oil)

if you have to stay away from dairy trader joes also carries a pretty good butter alternative that doesn't have hydrogenated oils in it... called earth balance, i'm sure you can get it at health food stores too and maybe even regular stores...
the only down side to this is the canola oil and more soy which is up for debate on whether it is good for you....

when it comes to what you drink, just stick to water and some milk if you feel you need it... i NEVER drink soda or anything besides water some soy milk (but very little) and 100% real juice, but even then its always 80% water mixed with 20% juice cause its just too much sugar and it tastes too sweet for me (which was an acquired taste... i used to be ADDICTED to dr. pepper) oh i drink tea sometimes.

anyway that's what i got, also check out this info on pesticide spray...
check out that entire blog too, its my friend and her sisters and its always got good info on how to live healthier!

hope this helps everyone... and as always if you have any questions feel free to comment on here or ask me at ibloomblaum@hotmail.com.

9 comments:

becca! said...

This is helpful! I've been trying to eat healthier and be healthier in general, so its good to read about some more foods that are good for you. :)

By the way, I saw your blog on Emery's(we go to church together) and I've been reading it for awhile... My name is becca. So now you know I read your blog and you have good stuff to say.

skylana said...

i'm so glad its helpin someone! thanks for reading :)

kimberlea said...

how do you feel about wholefoods market?

Patti Jo said...

Where can I find ezekiel bread?

skylana said...

patti jo.. they have it at trader joes i'm sure they have it at most health food stores or at like whole foods.. but they carry it at my local vons, so you might be able to find it at a regular store, just ask them ;)

Anonymous said...

so what is your opinion on like yoplait yogurt, sourdough bread, and naked juice?

skylana said...

kimberlea - i'm sure whole foods is great... i haven't shopped there cause we dont have one here, i hear its more expensive than some but you'd have to check it out and let me know :)

anonymous- last time that i looked at yoplait it had artificial stuff in it... i dont like lots of flavors of yogurt, so i stick to any brand of vanilla that doesn't have artificial things in it and plain, sourdough bread i LOVE but very very rarely eat because its not whole grain at all... i've heard of people making it with whole wheat but i haven't looked into doing that yet... and i really liked naked juice, just as a random sweet thing, but they're not necessary to have a lot because they're still full of sugar... something that is super amazing though is kambucha you can find it at your local health store, its a strange taste at first but i LOVE the taste now and its a miracle elixir.

Darrin said...

Thanks for that link! That site is awesome!!

Sarah said...

hey,
this post is good thanks. i found your blog a while ago and i've been reading it. sorry if that seems creepster!