Sunday, March 3, 2013
National Nutrition Month: Eat Right, Your Way, Everyday
Eating right in 2013 for me means taking the time to do some thinking and planning to prepare meals that provide my body with the nourishment that it needs.
I made a decision in November of 2012 to eliminate meat and poultry from my diet. I wanted to see how consuming more fresh fruits and vegetables would change my overall well-being.
In order to accomplish my goal, I had to do some pre-planning. I needed recipes that provided me with tasty choices. I also needed to make sure that I understood what type of foods I needed to eat to provide my body with needed nourishment.
I think that it is important for everyone to consider what's on your plate before one morsel every touches the surface.
We live in a society that now has an abundance of processed foods. Those products are cheap, easy to prepare and also loaded with ingredients that can have a negative effect on our bodies.
Eating fresh foods allows me to have control over what I am consuming. I like this idea because it allows me to determine what type of meals to prepare and how they will be seasoned. I have enjoyed experimenting with different blends of vegetables that now fill my plate at meal times.
I have been meatless since January of this year. I began my journey by joining my mother's faith-based community in their annual no meat and no sweets fast. I have participated in this cleansing ritual before and it had a positive effect on my body. This year, I decided to continue the basic concepts of the fast during the rest of this year.
My decision to change my habits regarding choices is one that has yielded noticeable results. There has been a boost in my personal energy levels, some of the poundage that I gained during a stressful time in my life is shedding and I am enjoying discovering new dishes to prepare.
I also like the fact that I am saving money by not purchasing meat and poultry products. My decision to change my eating habits also has an environmental link. I am concerned about the way that livestock and crops are processed. I do not want to continue to infuse my body with chemicals that may be doing me more harm than good.
There are ample recipes online that feature a variety of vegetables as a main course meal. Thanks to One Hundred Free Books, I now have a very diverse collection of cookbooks that help support my decision to change my meal time choices. One Hundred Free Books provides information on free eBook downloads for your Kindle. If you do not have a Kindle, Amazon provides a free download for your PC and phones. There are always cookbooks from the global community that feature recipes from the world's cuisine. A lot of those cookbooks also feature healthy preparation techniques as well.
Purchasing fresh fruits and veggies also helps to support local growers in my region of the nation. I enjoy shopping for seasonal offerings at the grocery store and our year round farmer's market. I have found that adding to my spice collection also helps to boost the flavor of many of the dishes that I now prepare.
March is National Nutritional Month. There is a website that has a lot of useful information that you can use to help make good food choices for every member of your family.
You can link to the website here to learn more about how you can eat right, your way, everyday. (link)