Thursday, April 17, 2008

10 tips to eating healthier

I get asked a lot, "what do you eat?" Well, I eat what I want, and like most folks who exercise regularly, I don't eat a bunch of junk food, processed food, or white stuff. To some extreme fitness fanatics and food snobs, maybe I do, but over all I think I do pretty well. (Remember, my motto is moderation!)

Anyway, here are 10 helpful hints to eating healthier.

  1. Eat off your grandmother's china. Plates today are more the size of hub caps than dinner plates. The plates we use at home are smaller and have a wide rim so we can't fill the plate and over stuff ourselves. More about this and other tricks in the book Mindless Eating, Why We Eat More Than We Think. A fascinating read!
  2. Eat some plant foods! I hear this all the time: it's too hard to eat veggies and fruits because "they go bad before I eat them." What's up with that? Wash it and eat it. Not really that hard at all. 
  3. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. As you go in to your grocery store, take a look at how the center of the store is where they stock the prepared, processed, nutritionally void foods. You could easily get all you need for a nutritious meal by bypassing the center and hitting your produce, meat/seafood.dry bulk and dairy sections. If you're vegetarian or vegan you could just do the produce and bulk sections.
  4. Fill 1/2 to 3/4 of your plate with produce. More nutrients and fiber, less calories. Simple!
  5. Avoid "foods" that your great grandmother wouldn't recognize.
  6. Drink water! Skip the sweetened varieties, tap-water-bottled-in-Arkansas-shipped-to-your-store, and even diet sodas. Why? See number 4 above.
  7. Eat a rainbow. This is great with the kids, but can prompt us all to eat better. See how many colors of foods you can eat in a day. I'm talking oranges, black beans, red beets, purple cabbage and lemons, not lifesavers or those weird popsicle sticks thingies in unnatural colors.
  8. Visit your local ethnic store. We can get in a rut and mindless toss the same-ol' same-ol' in our grocery carts each week. I sure can! I love to visit places like my local asian market and peruse the aisles looking at odd veggies. The staff and customers are often helpful, or get a book from the library in advance, or just whip our your smart phone and google for more info.
  9. Visit your farmers' market. Here you'll find all kinds of cool stuff and people who grew it, so they will definitely have recipes and suggestions.
  10. Do a meal share with your friends or sign up for a cooking class. I always love eating at my friends' houses because they make things I don't and vice versa. A pot luck or plan to prepare multiple servings of a meal prepared at home, then meet up and swap. Super fun and it stocks your freezer in no time! 
What do you do to eat healthier? Do share some tips!


6 comments:

Gayle said...

For those of who have benefited from your creative cuisine, this is not surprising. You always come up with the most amazing and imaginative stuff. It ALWAYS tastes freaking incredible and you ALWAYS swear how easy it was.

I'll definitely give this a try. Sounds super yummy!! Thanks for sharing!

Gayle said...

How timely! The topic of you and your creative cooking came up in my workshop. You can whip up with a gourmet meal with 2 sticks and a pile of shit!

Thanks for another great idea!

kristin said...

Hi Gayle,

You're a funny gal!

Yes, it's true, I've been known to make dinner from nothing, but I have yet to try your recipe.

Glad you're enjoying the postings!

xo
K

m.w. said...

One of my favorite quick, tasty, healthy meals is simple as 1-2-3:

Take some of the boxed ORGANIC broth from New Seasons, Trader Joe's, or wherever you shop, pour into a pot, ADD some spinach, cabbage, other fresh or frozen veggies, cooked brown rice, black beans, (or your favorite cooked beans) and simmer until the veggies are al dente.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and enjoy.

kab said...

I want that recipe for broccoli slaw...sounds great!

kristin said...

Those of you who know me, know I don't really follow recipes, just kinda wing it.

So, to make the slaw I
1. peel and shred carrots and broccoli stalks (the CuisinArt really helps with this step)
2. make some kind of dressing. This last batch had some mango chutney, Bragg's, and some tahini salad dressing (at least I think that's what I used ;-)
3. you can add other stuff: dried cranberries, raisins, pea pods, nuts, seeds, chopped apples...go with sounds good to you and what's on hand.
4. enjoy!

Thanks, Kathleen!

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