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Healthier choices?

Updated on February 25, 2016

Learning to eat healthier...

in our daily lives. We're working to incorporate more veggies, a little less salt, less fat...while not being too extreme and enjoying our meals. My hope is that if we do it slowly it will progressively become more of a habit and something we enjoy. This page is just some of the ideas we've found useful and a place to keep our efforts organized. Maybe along the way you'll find some useful tips if you are looking for ways to do the same.

When I started this page we were eating pretty poorly. Fast forward to today and I still wouldn't say we have a healthy diet. But, it's a work in progress and our goal is to keep trying to make improvements however small. In a lot of ways we have really improved! We eat far more kale and other healthy greens than ever, we consume more apples, and are cooking more healthy options. We have decided that my black beans are something we both love and tolerate well, as well as lentils. I make my own hummus for snacking as well. Salads are more interesting with an array of greens added to lettuce like arugula, baby greens (incl kale) and spinach. We add other things like carrots, tomatoes and olives but that's pretty standard. We realized we actually can eat cabbage in chopped salads and enjoy it!

I've learned to enjoy farro, quinoa & nuts more than before. We still succumb to good salami & cheeses more often than we should, but those are generally phases. I'm sure there's more but at present that's what I can think of.

None of the comments found here claim to be anything. I am not a dietitian or other health expert. No professionals here. Clearly. We will still eat chips and dessert. But, our goal is to try new things, veggies we've never tried before, new ways of preparing them and exploring organic options.

Juicing

So, I'll admit I was and maybe still am a little skeptical of juicing. I don't like getting caught up in fads or the next cure-all. But then, it was suggested to me that at it's simplest juicing allows, encourages even, consumption of veggies we'd never choose to eat. Beets? Bleh! Cabbage? 'tastes weird'. How much lettuce and carrots can a person eat? Think about it. Then I was a lot more receptive to the idea. It can only be a good thing right? So, we juice less often than before but still an improvement. Done right, even the pickiest eaters (texture or taste) will drink it! Who knew?

I prefer greens balanced with carrots, ginger, apple, & lemon. What is your favorite?

From our garden!

From our garden!
From our garden!

Pop or Soda?

We're fortunate I guess. Soft-Drinks aren't a problem here. I drink them mind you but not often. At all. I've had the same case of Diet Root Beer for almost 2 years. The caffeine free Coke we use slightly faster but I think our last case was a year old. It's mostly as a mixer for Rum & Coke (Yum).

We carry water bottles everywhere, although I seem to fluctuate greatly in my actual intake. I had been filling up a large water bottle and adding a decaf green tea-bag, adding some 'benefits' and flavor. Now, I have switched to plain caffeine free Peppermint tea bags added to my filtered tap water & it's so refreshing! I'm emptying my bottles more often.

I've tried adding fruit or ginger but it never seemed to give the flavor pay out I was hoping for before becoming a mushy mess so I skip that. And yes I do drink plain water far more often and easily than ever before!

Coconut Oil

It's a craze I know, but hey, look it up. It's pretty good stuff. In moderation of course, like anything else. It's great on toast as a butter substitute, makes basmati rice even better AND you can even use it as a moisturizer (just not on your face - comodogenic).

Have you tried it?

What goals have you set to improve your eating habits?

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