Good Food Basics

GoodFoodBasics

What do beans, dark green leafy veggies, tomatoes, grapes, and flaxseeds have in common? They’re all potent cancer-fighting foods. So are whole grains, berries, garlic, and green tea. All have documented healing and disease-prevention properties that must find their way into your diet in abundance.
Now be honest. Are these foods a regular part of your diet? Mastery of cancer-fighting food preparation is much easier than you realize. It is simply adopting a diet rich in veggies, learning a few new food prep techniques, and educating yourself about what’s really in the food you eat.

To get started, here are some wholesome food basics steps:

  • Keep a food diary to get an honest appraisal of the amounts and kinds of foods you eat. You’ll be surprised by the damage you’re doing to your body with each bite!
  • Read food labels to learn about (and begin to avoid) the high levels of chemicals, sodium, and artificial flavoring in processed foods;
  • Make veggies the star of your meals and make it colorful! This is an excellent way to lose weight while getting the most healthful variety of nutrients your body craves;
  • Plan ahead to increase the time you’ll have for making home-cooked meals–and save money, too!
  • Organic or Not?

    To avoid pesticides, hormones, and other chemical alterations to food, organic produce, free-range meats, and wild seafood are significant alternatives to incorporate into healthier eating habits. However, access to organic foods and their substantially higher cost can put them out of reach for many people.

    Awareness of which foods contain higher levels of pesticides will allow you to reduce your exposure to chemicals by avoiding these foods or selecting only the organically grown variety.

    The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a research organization, based in Washington, DC releases an annual report about the most contaminated vegetables and fruits called “The Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15.”

    EWG’s computer analysis found that consumers could cut their pesticide exposure by almost 90 percent by avoiding the most contaminated fruits and veggies and eating the least contaminated instead. They’ve created the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, available free for download. Click “Shopper’s Guide” to get your copy.