How to Choose Foods That Promote Wellness

Have you seen the articles pushing back and forth against the notion that sugar is good or bad for you? Or butter? Or bacon? Etc… This is the case with all food and dietary science reporting. You will never find information that is definitive in one direction or another as long as there are biased research studies that are paid for by the industry that supplies the product that is being studied. As a result, I always look to the wisdom of my body to answer questions about what I really need or do not need. Let me share an example:

My personal experience is clear that I feel better when I eat foods with less sugar added. Or no sugar added at all. I have already made the statement several times over the past couple of years that the best source of nutrition comes from foods that are in the closest to fresh picked state as possible. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whether cooked or eaten raw, are going to be some of the best sources of nutrition that can be found. Whole grains and legumes, whether steamed, sprouted, or cooked into soups and stews; will be another of the best source of nutrition that can be found. If you are going to include animal protein in your diet, the freshest and least processed sources are going to have the best nutritional value. And if you are interested in using organic sources, there are benefits there as well.

Notice that most of the foods that I am describing have a very simple list of ingredients. A bag of green lentils has one ingredient: green lentils. A bag of Fuji apples has one ingredient: Fuji apples. Can you see the pattern? Every time you shop for food, it can be an easy objective to purchase foods that have the least ingredients possible. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains/legumes are all single ingredient items. These are all unprocessed foods that are wholesome and provide the best nutritional value. Many of them do not even require cooking to enjoy.

Of course, eating this way is often easier said than done. There are many who do not have the best access to affordable fresh foods. Communities must become advocates for better access to these foods. Hopefully there will continue to be movements across the country that increases the access to nutritious foods. There are already many examples that you can find with a simple online search. Another obstacle to eating this way if lack of knowledge of how to prepare these foods in the simplest manner. Once again, I refer you to an online search for the many ways to prepare these simple foods.

The basic message that I am working with here, is that in order to increase the nutritional value of the foods that you eat; all you need to do is shop for the most foods with a single ingredient listed. Learn to cook these foods if you are unfamiliar with them to begin with, and you will have access to meals that are very nutritious and will boost your wellness potential. Another thing to point out here is that these foods are all similar in a very important way: they do not have added sugar, or other additives that replace the nutritional value with insubstantial elements that are designed to produce flavor or texture. If you want to create flavor in the foods that you cook, learn to use herbs and spices. You can even keep the salt content lower if you learn to combine herbs and spices for satisfying flavors.

There are so many ways to prepare natural and wholesome meals with fresh foods. You can look to all the cultures across the planet for examples of dishes prepared from fresh foods. If you do not consider yourself a capable cook, you can overcome that perception by trying new things and being willing to make mistakes. The learning process requires mistakes along the way. If you take the time to learn, you will increase the number of meals that you can prepare that are satisfying and do not have all the additives that are found in processed foods. You will be moving along the path to wellness and you will be the one that chooses the foods that are most healing for your personal needs.

2 thoughts on “How to Choose Foods That Promote Wellness

  1. Today’s lunch: A kale salad with kale, onion, avocado – dressing: Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Taste: Delish!!
    A few years ago,I was in Puerto Rico and went into a supermarket. I was deeply upset by what I saw; the 3 or 4 top agribusiness corporations dominated the shelves. Unlike here in Connecticut, where I can choose 5 or 6 brands of each item, there the consumer was Forced to pick the only brand there was-and these brands were the opposite of healthy foods.
    My wish is for every consumer to be able to choose the foods they want, and for everyone to be given education to understand food, just like you teach us here.

  2. I got monitor screen dust in my mouth from going after that delightful plate, Buddy. You said something too simple to be true so I pulled an orange out of the fridge. Contents: orange. Ingredients: orange. I’m convinced!

    Years ago, someone made a tiny project called, “Where can you find an apple in Richmond?” Focuses on the lack of access many have to fresh fruit. Without a car, it takes a bus to buy proper groceries but fast food, liquor stores & metro phone outlets are on your street. We’ve got a weekly Farmers Market within walking distance now!

    I love steamed veggies & greens from my backyard! But since I’m still addicted to candy, I melt a few Butterfingers, Three Musketeers or Reese’s Cups over my veggies.

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