20 Health Tips for Feeding the Mind

You would think, with all this recent blogging I’ve been doing about writing, that I’d pushed my health consciousness to the side. I mean you certainly haven’t read much from me about how to eat and drink while on a writer’s journey, have you? Well, have no fear. Today, I’m here to put any confusion about my healthy eating and drinking ways to rest. Being a healthy writer requires that you put the right things into your body to feed your mind right. And when you feed your mind right, you’re able to write right. Deep, but oh so simplistic in theory. And it’s completely doable in practice as well. Here are my top 20 thoughts on getting healthy intake that feeds the mind (really the whole body) properly.

Fruits and Vegetables

  1. Take in less processed foods and eat more raw foods. I’ve heard it said that the best foods to eat are those foods that come without labels, such as your fruits and veggies. Do you know why fruits and vegetables don’t need labels? Answer: they are what they are. They put on no pretense and have no hidden agendas (or ingredients) in this case.
  2. If you have trouble downing vegetables, especially those of the green and leafy persuasion, try adding them to a smoothie or green drink and consume them that way.
  3. Nutrients tend to dwindle in potency when dealing with foods in this order: raw ⇒ cooked and raw ⇒ frozen ⇒ canned.
  4. Try to eat as much organic as you can. Items that have been less tampered with, or that are in their more natural state, are your best options.
  5. You should definitely get your meats and dairy in their organic states. You want any of your animal or animal by-products to say things to the effect of: naturally raised/farm raised, free range, grass fed, and no antibiotics or hormones.
  6. Use less white sugar and more natural sweeteners or sugar substitutes such as honey and pure maple syrup. Even sugars in a less processed form, such as turbinado sugar, are worth looking into. If at all possible, avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sugar derivatives such as high fructose corn syrup that contain ingredients the body has to work extremely hard to break down.
  7. Think pure instead of artificial. You don’t need the extra additives and preservatives that hang around the “artificial” specimens. For example, think pure vanilla extract instead of artificial vanilla extract. Remember: cheaper isn’t better in this case. You get what you pay for.
  8. Toss out anything that can be referred to as genetically modified or chemically engineered. You can find a healthy/natural substitute for any food or drink that has been neglectfully tampered with.
  9. You need fruits and vegetables more than any of the other food groups, so introduce plenty of them into your daily diet. If you don’t grow your own, make sure you pick the best specimens at the farmer’s market or grocery store. Look for spots, punctures, mold, and anything that looks abnormal on food items and avoid them. Take your time with the investigation of the raw foods you and your family will consume. The reason you eat them is to stay well, not get sick.
  10. When you get home, make sure to clean your fruits and vegetables really well. Some cleaning methods involve rinsing off or soaking items in water or using natural rinses or washes in combination with water.
  11. Drink lots of water. In fact, drink more water than any other liquid. Avoid sugary drinks such as pop and juice blends, which have high concentrations of sugar or sugar substitutes. If you drink juices, make sure they’re organic, freshly squeezed, or of the 100% variety, where little-to-no extra ingredients are added.
  12. Use pink Himalayan or sea salt over table salt. Again, the less processing, the easier on the body.
  13. Research some of the brown flours like wheat and spelt that have gone through less processing than the white flours and try to utilize them in your recipes. If you use white flour, go for the organic and unbleached over the bleached.
  14. I know that a busy life creates a tendency for us, human beings, to look for conveniences and ways to cut corners when available. However, we should never get into the habit of sacrificing our quality of food for time. Cooking your own food is always preferred over eating out or purchasing the pre-made and packaged items at the grocery store. You have control over the preparation of and know what you’re putting into the foods you cook. Some wonderful candidates for your homemade touch would be those things you and your family regularly consume. For example, my family eats a lot of tortillas; therefore, I found an easy recipe and make them at home on a weekly basis.
  15. Consume healthy fats. Look into natural oils such as olive, coconut, grapeseed, etc. for cooking or as ingredients in your recipes. Margarine spreads and shortening should be avoided. Go for regular butter and organic if you can.
  16. Buy organic cheeses and get them in blocks instead of shredded and packaged. The shredded varieties tend to have an anti-caking ingredient, called cellulose, in them. Get a decent grater and you can still have your shredded cheese (but homemade style) with a little extra effort on your part.
  17. Natural foods may need to be avoided in some cases. What? Can’t believe I’m saying this? Well, hear me out before you think I’m contradicting myself. There may be some natural foods that you should refrain from because of food allergies or because of certain health conditions that can be exacerbated if you consume the natural no-no’s.
  18. It’s better to make your own homemade delectable goodies instead of buying them at the grocery store. Sure, they look the part and may taste the part, but they can’t match up to a recipe gone right in the old kitchen. Store-bought sweets commonly include high fructose corn syrup and a lot of other chemicals, additives, and preservatives that you can’t pronounce or spell.
  19. If you’re not raising your own livestock, the next best thing is to buy your meat from a local farmer, if possible. If you’re not able to buy your meat from a local farmer, then try buying organic meats at a butcher shop or from stores that have quality meat choices. I tend to buy meat, such as beef, in larger cuts and then grind it at home to get my ground beef. That way, I’m dealing with less processing of the meat.
  20. If you’re looking for healthy snack choices, opt for the nuts and dried fruit over the chips and crackers.

TREAT YOUR BODY WELL AND IT’LL THANK YOU.

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