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Tips to Healthier Eating, Tastier Cooking, and a Happier Tummy

Updated on November 5, 2012
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Justin W. Price, AKA PDXKaraokeGuy, is a freelance writer, blogger, and award-nominated author based out of Juneau, Alaska.

For the past several years, I've suffered from bouts of nausea (which I generally treat with ginger ale or ginger tea) and GERD. Visiting with my doctor, I found out my diet was a huge factor. I don't have allergies, but she says I eat way too many carbs and too much gluten and I should cut down on each.

I've taken her advice and the difference is amazing. I sleep better, I feel better, damnitt, I look better and I have more energy.

It's made such a difference in how I feel that i thought I'd share these tips with you. I was doing many of these things before, but since implementing all of these changes to my diet, I've never felt better.

The following tips are both healthy and delicious. Once you start eating healthier, you won't be able to eat garbage foods anymore. Healthy food tastes better and doesn't leave you with that stuffed feeling.

I shared an abbreviated version of this list on webanswers. This is an expanded, more complete list.

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Use fresh and organic veggies. Your best bet is to go to a Farmers Market or the organic section of your grocery store. These taste better and are better for you.

Use fresh spices, when you can. Basil and Mint leaves look nice and they have stronger flavor when fresh.

Steam your veggies rather then boil them. This retains more nutrients and flavor than boiling. Steam them with a little vinegar and chopped jalapeno in the water. Vinegar is heart healthy and a cholesterol neutralizer and really brings out the flavor. Steam them until they're nice and green (assuming they're supposed to be green).

Use free range meats and wild caught fish. You don't want to eat a bunch of hormones or eat tortured animals. They feed farm raised salmon chemicals to make the meat look pink. It's terrible for you.

Anyone can eat fish if you marinate it in orange juice.

Use peanut oil whenever possible.

Brown rice over white rice.

Rice noodles over traditional noodles.

Presentation counts.

Know the source of your food. Buy your meat from a butcher or directly from a farm. Buy your vegetables and fruits from local sources, if possible, and always organic.


Brussels Sprouts are good.

Salad with dinner. No exceptions.

Rice, noodles or potatoes, but not all three.

25% of your meal should be protein (fish, meat, tofu), and only 25%

Gluten free whenever possible.

Quinoa instead of rice or noodles.

Spinach is really healthy and doesn't have much flavor, especially when cooked. Therefore, you can put it in everything. It's especially good with rice or on a peanut butter and jelly sammich.

Big breakfast, small dinner.

Eat slowly.

Garlic can go on many things, including potatoes and most meats. Garlic is good for your heart.

Slightly under cook (al dente) your pasta. Cook your noodles with a little vinegar in the water.

Turkey bacon works great for BLT's.

Tofurkey makes a really good vegetarian sausage. Put it in Spaghetti. You won't be able to differentiate it from meat sausage.

Tortillas should be used in place of heavy bread whenever possible (and corn over flour).

Drink wine at least 1-2 times a week with dinner.

Try cooking that chicken with bourbon.

Never use canola oil.

Bay leaves and dried peppers enhance the flavor of potatoes and meats.

Fresh cilantro makes meat really pop. Use it whenever possible.

Use coconut oil whenever possible.

If you can't pronounce the ingredients, or if High Fructose Corn Syrup is higher than ingredient number four, don't buy the product.

Hope This Helps

Watch the video below to find out the dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup

Thanks for Reading.

PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is the managing editor at eFiction horror. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks for commenting everythingdazzles. That's great that you're feeling better! It's amazing how much our diet affects our mood and the way we feel. the older I get, the more important it becomes.

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      Janelle 4 years ago from Houston

      Excellent hub. I have been giving clean eating a bigger try and I must say within a few days I could feel a dramatic difference in terms of my mood and overall health.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Ruchira... people need to start eating better if they want to live longer.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      good pointers pdx. We are living in an era of so much toxicity that awareness about it will help us make the right choices and lead a good life.

      voted up as interesting!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Jen, thanks. Have you had any good results?

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Alica. Me too. I was not sleeping well, I was gaining weight and lacked energy and mental focus. I'm used to eating what I want, but, in my thirties now, I have to start watching things. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks so much, Stessily. I wanted to find simple and healthier ways for people to eat and feel better. Even if people just do one of these things they'll feel tons better!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Aurelio, you're already on the right path. Keep it up, my friend!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Rebecca, I haven't been told with, but I clearly feel better since I've cut back on it, and it's really not good for you, even without an allergy.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      That sounds terrific sg. cilantro is great with chicken or carne asada taco... it also freshens up left over meats.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Jen, not sure what BOLTED means, but I hope it's good. Thank you so much!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      andrea, you are quite welcome :-)

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love your tips for eating healthily, PDX. The vegetables and herbs are great suggestions! I'm glad the change in diet has helped you.

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      stessily 5 years ago

      PDX, I'm pleased to see in particular two words in your presentation: steamer, vinegar. I can attest to the value of adding vinegar to the steaming water; it doesn't saturate what's being steamed even though the aroma of vinegar may seem strong during the steaming process. Cooking pasta in vinegar-flavored water is another practice which I follow fervently, so I can attest to the worth of that tip as well.

      Everything you've presented here is beneficial, tasty, and doable. As you've pointed out, the change for the better shows up immediately or very shortly. Up + UABI + sharing.

      Kind regards, Stessily

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Sensible advice -- my favorite is garlic, which is my favorite food. I put that on everything. Makes even vegetables that I don't like, such as spinach, palatable. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good "food for thought". I haven't been told by a Doc to go gluten free, but I think I might try that. This is helpful. Thanks, PDXkaraokeguy!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Great hub! We grown most of our vegetables ourselves and our meat is usually wild as my husband is a hunter and we live in the country. I try to add garlic to almost everything I cook. I love cilantro, but had never used it with meat, I will be trying that. I would love to see your recipe for bourbon chicken! Voted this up and useful! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      jenubouka 5 years ago

      Loved all your tips! Some were new to me so that is always a bonus for me. You have been BO.LT ed. (shared)

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      Andrea333 5 years ago

      Voted interesting and useful. Thanks so much for this important information!

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Thanks Gypsy. I've been making bourbon chicken for years. It's terrific!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      This is great thanks a lot for sharing. Passing it on. We use a lot of fresh ginger and garlic which are also two great ingredients. Love the idea of bourbon for chicken.