By Brittany Ostrander
Have you ever thought you would like to make healthier changes to your eating habits, but it seems just too complicated and overwhelming? Have you made New Year’s resolutions in the past but soon got frustrated and gave up? If so, don’t despair! You are not alone.
There are many out there in the same situation and some may not realize what a huge impact putting the right fuel in our body has on our health. Nature’s Warehouse is here to help make this transition easier for you.
Here’s an example; we wouldn’t think of intentionally putting contaminated fuel in our valuable engine and expecting it to run smoothly. We may soon hear sputtering sounds if we try to start the engine or worse yet, it may not run at all. That is similar to our body’s response to the food we “fuel” it with. It may not physically sputter as loud as the motor would when we add contaminated fuel, but we may feel the sputtering effects by what our body is trying to tell us. We soon realize that we need to change the “fuel” we’re feeding it with in order to get it to run smoothly again.
Eating healthy doesn’t need to be difficult, even if it takes a little more effort. The benefits far outweigh the challenges. Eating the correct whole foods is very nourishing and healing to our bodies. We can get very creative with it. In the end, we’ll feel like we gained a lot since our “engine” will soon be running more smoothly. We’ll feel more energy, more alive and well, and feeling better physically also makes us a happier person.
Refined sugar has all the vitamins, minerals, and fiber removed; therefore, consuming it we get empty calories that don’t make us feel full, and actually pull minerals and vitamins from your body. Having a high glycemic index, it will spike our blood sugar putting us at risk for diabetes, heart disease, depression, liver disease, depression, candida overgrowth, dementia, and certain types of cancer to name a few.
For this reason, when we start eating a healthier diet, one of the first things suggestioned is to replace refined granulated sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners with a healthy sweetener and gradually add less than we normally would have. Our taste buds will gradually adjust to the different flavors so sometimes a gradual change will work better for some.
Some find it easier to use up what they have in their cupboard and as it is emptied, replace it with a healthy option. All added sweeteners are best used in moderation. A few favorites are maple syrup, coconut palm sugar, organic evaporated cane sugar, honey, sucanat, raw sugar, stevia, agave syrup, and monk fruit.
If you’re concerned about your blood sugar spiking, you may want to stick with xylitol, erythritol, stevia, or monk fruit extract. There are also mixes available that contain xylitol, erythritol, and stevia; they are Healthier Option Sweet Mix or Healthier Option Powdered Sugar.
Replacing white refined flour with an organic or non-GMO whole grain flour is also especially important. White refined flour contains no fiber so it turns into a glue-like substance and will stick to the intestines. This slows digestion and can lead to a lot of health issues including headaches, indigestion, weight gain, constipation, a slowed metabolism, migraines, and stress, to name a few.
The Prairie Gold wheat flour is a lighter whole wheat flour that is a great option to replace white flour in baking as it tends to make baked goods lighter in texture. Organic spelt flour, organic sprouted spelt flour, einkorn flour, and almond flour are a few favorites. Sprouted flours are easier to digest, and sometimes can be tolerated by people who are gluten sensitive.
Having some healthy snacks on hand in case you get hungry can be very helpful as we tend to reach for “junk” food if there is no convenient healthy snack option. A variety of fresh fruits or veggies is a great snack. A great dip for the veggies is Weaver’s Ranch Dressing Mix and Organic Valley sour cream mixed together. This is one of my favorites.
Healthier Option Trail Mixes, almonds, sprouted pretzel shells, etc., are some great things to have on hand. If you have a sweet tooth, there are cake mixes and cookie mixes available. They are made with guilt-free ingredients, including organic sprouted spelt flour and coconut palm sugar. There are also gluten-free options available.
Last, but not least, is all the delicious and fresh produce. Eating lots of fruits and veggies is essential to healing and/or maintaining our wellbeing. This is likely the most important part of our diet. Not only is there a variety of attractive and beautiful colors to choose from, their nutritional benefits are just as appealing. They are loaded with all kinds of vitamins, minerals, fiber, etc. For that reason, it is good to add a variety of colorful fruits and veggies to our diet. Fruits are cleansing and vegetables are healing. Nature’s Warehouse offers fresh produce year-round that can be delivered right to your door.
Refer to the website natureswarehouse.net for information about products or to request a catalog. There is free delivery on orders over $33.95, as well as same-day delivery to some locations. Give Nature’s Warehouse a call, write to us, or send us an email to help you experience a healthy and vibrant New Year!
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