A Few Tips and Tricks from The Wild Carrot.
So you’ve decided to ‘crowd’ out some of the foods that aren’t healthy by adding in healthier versions, that’s great! But where do you start? It’s pretty simple really. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Always choose organic over non-organic whenever possible.
There have been a few recent studies floating around the internet over the debate as to if organic really is worth the extra cost. In my opinion even if the nutrition level of both was exactly the same I would still chose organic. Here is why – when you eat organic you ingest fewer toxins. We are surrounded by toxins in everything we do so why not try to eliminate as many as you can when you have the ability. Any reduction in the toxic load we consume is a good thing.
If you chose to eat meat you want to go for organic, grass-fed meats. You want to cut down on your exposure to antibiotics, hormones, and of course toxic pesticides. Grass-fed beef has 500 times the amount of CLA than CAFO cows do. (CAFO = confined animal feeding operations). What most people don’t realize is that as important as it is to eat organic produce it is even more important to eat meat that is organic. Animal products tend to among the most contaminated as they are fed pesticide contaminated, genetically engineered food. Then you add in the anti biopics and hormones you have a concoction that your body just doesn’t know what to do with. This can lead to all sorts of health issues down the road.
Again IF you chose to consume milk I always say go organic. dried grass or hay fed cows as opposed to grazing on fresh grass won’t yield a quality product. You end up with a whiter product, this means you may be getting a reduced carotenoid and antioxidant content. I would recommend raw milk if you could get your hands on it, but most of us can’t. While pasteurization is deemed healthy as it kills bad bacteria, it also kills good bacteria.
Butter really is better. But there is an exemption to this rule. You want to make sure it comes from grass fed cows. Butter from grass-fed cows is rich in CLA (conjugated linoleum acid, which is known to help fight cancer and even diabetes. Stay away from the trans fat substitutes. I often opt for coconut oil to cook but for many dishes I love the taste of a little butter. The worst thing that ever came from the low fat craze was margarine! Butter contains easily absorbed Vitamin A and various other fat soluble vitamins like D,E and K2. This is available in grass fed organic butter, not from non grazing cows butter.
Many experts believe that eggs are a powerhouse when it comes to nutrition. The one catch? they need to come from organically raised, free range, pastured chickens. You may want to check to see what the laws are in your local area as to what ‘free range’ really means as this can vary. Hens that are able to rome freely outdoors get a diet rich in seeds, green plants, insects and worms. This is where they get their nutrition which is of course then passed on to the egg.
Ditch the soda pop for kombucha or sparkling water. The excess sugar found in soda has been linked to obesity, diabetes and a slew of health issues. Even the diet versions have toxic chemicals like aspartame. Sparkling water with a squeeze of lemon is a nice substitute or even go for kombucha (a fizzy probiotic drink)
You want to have great quality water, this means filtering out the garbage and re mineralizing back to where it should be. Alkaline water is great, but stay away from bottled water, the toxic chemicals leach into the water when heated and can be linked to hormone disruption.
Ditch the packages! I know prepackaged food is easier but once you take the steps to eat real food again you will notice a difference. it can be cost effective when done right, it can also be just as easy when you plan ahead.
A good quote to remember is “if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”