Everywhere people seem to be waking up to the idea of changing their diet for the better. Perhaps not everywhere, but the awareness is definitely growing.

The theory and practice of eating healthy, however, are two different things. We want to eat better, but how do we do it, and what should we eat?

With infinite diet philosophies out there, the route can be quite confusing…almost paralyzing. Even for someone who lives, sleeps, and breathes “healthy” food, I get confused. After a lot of reading, eating, and cultural study and i have found my answer. An answer that works for almost everyone, everywhere.

Eat more plants.

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Seems like a no brainer, right? When you make plants the main focus of your diet, you are making good choices for your body and the planet.

Does this mean that we should eat ONLY plants? That works for some people, but not for everyone. We can’t all thrive on the same diet. Perhaps you don’t feel complete without some animal protein (high-quality/humane at all costs please). Then have some! But don’t forget to pile the veggies onto your plate, as well. Listen to your body. Even indulge in the occasional “junk food.”

I had a mon contact me recently who’s doctor prescribed him a vegan diet for his diabetes, obesity and a blood clot in his lung (well done doc!). You can imagine what he has been accustomed to eating, and how scary going plant-based might be. I assured him that if we can greatly impact the way he is eating overall- he can splurge on occasion.

Now that might seem counterintuitive given his health, but we need to be realistic about what we can attain. If someone told me I could never eat ice cream again- guess what- I would want it ALL. THE. TIME. Moderation is the key, you have heard this before!

Think of it as adding things into your diet, not about taking away. We need to be realistic about what we can attain for the long haul. I, for one, will never abstain from my favorite treat of chips and salsa with margaritas…you cannot make me! I will, however, have a green juice or smoothie and a salad beforehand.

Eat less from a box and more from the earth. Stay away from ingredients you cannot pronounce, and fill your grocery basket with produce. Make the veggies the star of the show…the other stuff should just have a supporting role.shoot with emma 1 013

If you can shop at a farmers market, do it. If you can buy organic, do it. If not, by simply choosing to make fruits and veggies the focus of your meals, you have made the most important impact on your health. Plants provide vital nutrients and enzymes that you do not get from other foods. They are also low in calories, so you can eat more…that’s good news, right? You will feel better, lose weight and save money on the doctor.

Amber smelling broccoliI am lucky, I LOVE my veggies. If you are programmed to think that you don’t like vegetables, then take a look on this site, or better yet, come to a cooking class if you can…I promise I will change your mind!

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