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I Finally Fell in Love with First Class Foods | Healthy Foods Taste Great Nutrition

Updated on October 10, 2015

Much like a fine art painting, with world class artists, so too, there are first class foods that exist among us. Come refine your taste buds and journey with me and learn about my new favorite foods - natural, with good nutrition value and wonderful for the palate too!

First class foods I have learned to love. Yes, I was taken in by the advertisement, spent my share of time at the drive-through. Now my stomach and my mind are talking and I have learned to love natural and organic foods. I feel much better - more energized because I am actually eating real vitamins and nutrition.

I finally fell in love with first class foods. Yes, I was sold for many years – actually 3 decades to love fast food, love restaurant food, love packaged foods! I bought all the fancy advertising – I was completely sold.

Nutritious Natural Foods

Beautiful art rendering of three pears showcasing first class foods are all natural and a true work of art
Beautiful art rendering of three pears showcasing first class foods are all natural and a true work of art
Beautiful art rendering of fresh fruit
Beautiful art rendering of fresh fruit | Source

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Then I started reading the ingredients, and then I delved into nutrition. Still didn’t kick in. Then I turned 40, then 45. Finally at age 47 the wisdom kicked in! I am still addicted to caffeine and chocolate. And I still have cravings for those terrible packaged things but I finally and truly fell in love with first class foods.

First class foods are fresh, full of vitamins and minerals, and sometimes natural sugars.

When I traveled to China, a brilliant doctor gave us some advice – very simple – just three memorable steps.

3 Rules Food When Traveling

  1. Don’t drink the water – including and especially the ice
  2. If it isn’t fully cooked or peeled don’t’ eat it and
  3. If it moves don’t eat it!

Of course, some of it was in jest but for the most part, the essence of his guidance is fundamentally sound.

Like the brilliant doctors 3 food rules, first class foods have a lot in common with these three fundamental mandates.

Then I started reading the ingredients, and then I delved into nutrition. Still didn’t kick in. Then I turned 40, then 45. Finally at age 47 the wisdom kicked in! I am still addicted to caffeine and chocolate. And I still have cravings for those terrible packaged things but I finally and truly fell in love with first class foods.

First class foods are fresh, full of vitamins and minerals, and sometimes natural sugars.

When I traveled to China, a brilliant doctor gave us some advice – very simple – just three memorable steps. 1. Don’t drink the water – including the ice 2. If it isn’t fully cooked or pealed don’t’ eat it and 3. If it moves don’t eat it! Of course, some of it was in jest but for the most part, the essence of his guidance is fundamentally sound.

Like the brilliant doctors 3 food rules, first class foods have a lot in common with these three fundamental mandates.

#1 Water Rule Number One – First Class Water & Ice

The foundation for first class foods is water. Our body needs hydration. Our muscles are made of 75% of water. Our muscles need water.

In the United States we take for granted potable water. While we don’t care for the taste of chlorine, chlorine does keep us safe from harmful bacteria. Ice machines that are filtered deliver much better tasting water. With the chlorine removed, the water does taste different. Look for filter that remove fluoride and reduce lead. First class water is simple – just pure water!

#2 Rule Number Two – Fine Foods - Real Foods

Fully cooked foods are often the very safest of choices. I love sushi and rare meat but I also have had the unpleasant experience of food poisoning. After being violently ill, I am forever careful about what I eat.

Foods that are pealed are pre-packaged by Mother Nature and are again very safe to eat. The caveat to this is who cut the food. What utensil was used. Even pealed fresh food that is safe inside can easily become contaminated by an unsafe utensil.

A friend of mine, never orders drinks with lemon or lime – specifically for this very reason. A little extreme but when review the documentation on food recalls, again this may be a wise standard to set for yourself and your family.

#3 Rule Number Three – High Nutrition - "Nutritionally Dense Foods"

High performance engines demand high performance gasoline.
Change the octane that your system runs on and your body will run better.

"Nutritionally dense foods" are foods that give you the most nutrition possible out of the amount calories you eat. Many fruits, vegetable, nuts just to name a few items.

Like a fine machine, high performance vehicle, change the octane that your system runs on and your body will feel better – and look better too! GmaGoldie

Natural deserts such as blueberries, clementines, pineapple offer nutrition not fillers. If your desert is prepared, the amount of nutrition could be low. Be aware. Be disciplined. You can do it!

#4 Rule Number Four - Low Salt

Thankfully the United States Food and Drug Association has stepped up to the plate and is mandating lower salt. The prepared foods, the foods from take out and the foods from the fine dining restaurants love to load the food with salt for "added flavor". The added flavor is in the food. Don't mask the food, taste the real first class food. Throw out the salt shaker. Invest in spices. Lessen the salt that you cook with. Live healthier, live longer. Remember, GmaGolide told you Salt Makes Fat Around the Heart.

#5 Rule Number Five - Nothing Deep Fried

We need to consciously limit fats, oils and my downfall sweets. French fries, deep fried foods and the gravy and other batter dipped fried foods such as potato chips need to be few and far between in our diet.

Breakfast of Crab Oil Painting

Beautiful painting of breakfast with crab with decorative vessels and white linen table cloth
Beautiful painting of breakfast with crab with decorative vessels and white linen table cloth | Source

Naturally Nutritious Blue Berries

Art rendering of two blue berries with dark background - contemporary
Art rendering of two blue berries with dark background - contemporary | Source

Fresh Sushi - First Class Foods Nutritious and Natural

Art of sushi
Art of sushi | Source

Orange - Delicious and Good Source of Vitamins

First class foods - art rendering of oranges in bowl and on table
First class foods - art rendering of oranges in bowl and on table | Source

Teaspoon of Blueberries

Art rendering of blueberries and a silver tea spoon
Art rendering of blueberries and a silver tea spoon | Source

Spanish Clementines

Spanish clementines
Spanish clementines | Source

Dedicate Yourself to First Class Foods and Keep Your Body Healthy

Poster of First Class Airplane crashed in the water
Poster of First Class Airplane crashed in the water | Source

Famous Quote on First Class Foods

Like a fine machine, high performance vehicle, change the octane that your system runs on and your body will feel better – and look better too! GmaGoldie

Food as Medicine

Dr. Oz has brought about many great items to our daily routine. I commend him for his hard work and his research. His intelligence and communication skills are both of the highest level. His network shows is one of only a handful I will actually sit down and watch. However, Dr. Oz has stated "food is medicine". Food is delightful. We just need to change our thinking about food. Food cannot be our emotional release. And sorry, Dr. Oz, food cannot be medicine. Food, first class foods are a true joy and delight in our lives. Food has nutrients, hopefully our food has no drugs, no chemicals and no contaminants. Food, first class food is what I am striving for myself, for you and for our families.

Take the Time to Change Your Palate

The love of drive-throughs and high fatty foods didn't occur overnight. Cut down each week, change your food habits, change your palate, change your health.

Final Thoughts on Food

Shop locally. Shop at small local meat markets. Most every community has a local meat market. It may be a little bit out of the way. The items may appear more costly at first. Paying for quality is frugal. Food is what runs your body.

First Class Foods = First Class Health/Living/Body

We are what we eat. If we put garbage into our body, our body, the muscle tone, the skin color, the whites of eyes, will showcase that we are what we eat.

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      lmmartin 7 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Interesting. Are you aware you have one section twice? Also, seeing as I'm in editor mode, fruits and vegetables are peeled not pealed -- bells peal. Sorry -- sometimes these things slip out.

      A great article on what should be such a simple thing. Eat real food -- not a chemistry set. Sometimes while out shopping for food, I take the time to look at the people around me and what they've put in their carts. You know what's coming -- young people so heavy they can't walk -- Yes! those ride-em carts aren't driven by the elderly -- with the baskets full of chips, pop, frozen dinners, etc. Scary. And those cravings you complain about -- the body craves those artificial tastes, those addictive chemicals. 'Tis true. 'Tis also sad. Lynda

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      GmaGoldie, Nice hub! You have certainly given us some things to think about? Natural is better as well as healthier! Everything else in moderation... So glad water is my favorite beverage! Wonderful illustrations!

      Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      MaryRenee 7 years ago

      Goldie: Wow, I love this hub! What a great read! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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      Karen Russell 7 years ago

      SUPERB MY FRIEND:

      YOU ALWAYS DELIVER PROFOUNDLY, I ENJOYED THIS HUB VERY MUCH, THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME TO BRING US THIS IMPORTANT INSIGHT ON A HEALTHIER WAY OF LIVING...

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      Juliette Morgan 6 years ago

      Great info. I'm 48 and love cooking with fresh food - my fav are prawns - as you say, naturally packaged. Used to like squid until I went to Egypt and got a nasty dose of food poisoning. Anyway in my kitchen fresh is best and frankly these days eating out can be a disappointment as we have such high standards at home!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Juliette Morgan,

      I had the same experience. Oh, it was horrible. Sadly it was memorable!

      Thank you for stopping by.

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      celinewayne 6 years ago

      Great article,

      I really concern about the food I eat especially about the organic food. Thank you for sharing this useful information =)

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      Christina M. Castro 6 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      Again, some great info here. What are you having for dinner tonight?

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      CMCastro,

      Great question - must find some first class foods for tonight. Wish cars came with refrigerators for all the traveling I do - I am in the car more than home - sad to say.

      Thank you for much!

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      World-Traveler 6 years ago from USA

      I enjoyed not only the food but also the photographs. Thanks!

      I am now very hungry and the first thought that comes to me is eating old fashioned breaded fish and chips on my favorite dock of the yacht harbor in Sausalito.

      The next thought is eating more Thai food at the 13 Coins Restaurant in Future Park near Bangkok, a restaurant I often frequented after teaching English for the day.

      The food of the world and the wonder of our palates combined with international travel know no limits or end.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      World-Traveler,

      Oh, I motivated you to fish and chips - argh! The Thai food - that one should be better.

      Love international foods. Love Sausalito and I do truly have a better appreciation for first class foods but they do include dark chocolate - then I am OK.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      ed77burns 6 years ago

      great hub!! I liked it.

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      ed77burns,

      We love what we are taught to love - I am learning!

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      Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

      I agree that we must go back to natural foods instead of processed foods. Our medicine is our food... yes, Dr.Oz. Check out my "Water To Drink" hub. thanks!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      starstream,

      I agree food is medicine for our body but I also believe we are conditioned or trained to want fast food and that is not first class food. To learn what great tasting food is without processing and high salt is something we must digest mentally before our taste buds kick in.

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      If you are what you eat then whatever you are eating certainly suits you.

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      Kelly A Burnett 3 years ago from United States

      Hi Poetryman6969,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and I do appreciate the compliment. When I took my personal trainer certification test, I literally flunked the nutrition section but my other scores held me up and I was able to pass the first time but it was an important lesson that I need to pay more attention to foods. Soda pop and the munchies are so tempting. I love fruits and vegetables but cutting down on the foods that are not good for me remain a moment by moment challenge.

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      Ben Zoltak 2 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Good essay, I'm 42 and I've spent the last 5 years or so changing my diet for the better, although I occasionially enjoy a chilli dog too hard to resist. Now though, more than every, I've switched to more raw vegitables and fresh greens among other things. I've thought about at least distilling my water, I tried a filter a decade ago and couldn't keep it up! Also, salt reduction is tough too, but worth it, just seems to take some getting used to...

      Solid observations!

      Ben

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      Kelly A Burnett 2 years ago from United States

      Hi Ben,

      Thank you for sharing your experience with first class foods. I have just started on the Wheat Belly diet and will be posting an article about that wonderful experience.

      Salt reduction is critical. I love Asian foods but I cannot buy them in the frozen food section as the salt content is simply too high.

      When I had open heart surgery I had to throw out the salt shaker because my Mayo doctor stated salt causes fat around the heart. I share this with you so that you can make an informed decisions.

      Thank you so much for stopping by. Greatly appreciate it.

    In Appreciation

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