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7 Foods to Eat and Drink to Live a Long and Healthy Life

Updated on September 29, 2012

What to Eat and What NOT to Eat

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Hamilton Beach 40870 Stainless Steel 10-Cup Electric Kettle
Hamilton Beach 40870 Stainless Steel 10-Cup Electric Kettle

The electric teakettle that I use at home. Works like a charm. Boils water fast.

 
Brita Slim Water Filter Pitcher, 5 Cup
Brita Slim Water Filter Pitcher, 5 Cup

Slim and sleek water filtration pitcher for clear, crisp water with no heavy metals like lead.

 
StainlessLUX 73601 Brilliant Stainless Steel Juicer / Fruit Squeezer - Fine StainlessLUX Houseware for Your Home
StainlessLUX 73601 Brilliant Stainless Steel Juicer / Fruit Squeezer - Fine StainlessLUX Houseware for Your Home

The same hand juicer that I use at home. Fast and easy to clean. Just a rinse and you're done.

 
McCANN'S Instant Irish Oatmeal, Maple & Brown Sugar, 10-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)
McCANN'S Instant Irish Oatmeal, Maple & Brown Sugar, 10-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)

Maple and brown sugar flavored version. Also try regular and flavor with raw honey.

 
White Gold Honey, 23-Ounce Container (Pack of 2)
White Gold Honey, 23-Ounce Container (Pack of 2)

Raw honey packed with antioxidants, great flavor, and smooth consistency.

 
Vita Life Brand Matcha Green Tea Powder, 10.58oz.
Vita Life Brand Matcha Green Tea Powder, 10.58oz.

Haven't tried this myself but the reviews look great.

 

What to Eat to be Healthy and Live Longer

These are minor changes that you can make to your diet to live a healthier life. I have implemented many of these in my own diet and I stay trim and fit. Do the same to feel a bit healthier every day!

1. Boil and filter your water.

Boiling the water removes bacteria. I use an electric teapot. The key is to get one that is stainless steel and not plastic, which can leach carcinogenic BPAs into you water. Pour boiled water into a glass pitcher to cool. Once cool, pour it into a Brita pitcher to remove heavy metals. For even more convenience, install a Brita filter onto you faucet and then use that water for boiling.

2. Drink green tea.

Instead of morning coffee, use all that boiled water to steep some tea. Green tea is a very potent antioxidant that protects your body from cancer and aging. Matcha green tea powder is the best because you actually consume some of the tea leaves, and it tastes great.

3. Eat 3 or more servings of green leafy veggies per day.

Raw vegetables are supposed to be better, but I find it difficult to eat that much salad. I suggest sauteing your veggies with garlic an olive oil, which gives them great flavor. Only cook until the leaves and stems are tender and still green. My favorites are watercress, spinach, and broccoli.

4. Squeeze your own juice.

Did you ever wonder why Minute Maid always has that distinct taste, which is different from Tropicana? The reason why is because after the juice is removed from the orange, it is pasteurized. Pasteurization removes much of the flavor. To get that orange flavor, natural and artificial orange flavoring i.e. chemicals that are made to smell like oranges is added to the juice and pulp that you drink. Moreover, did you know that thousands of different chemical ingredients can go into making the fragrance that your nose recognizes as the scent of oranges. And, did you know that your taste is a function of your what you smell. You only "taste" because your nose smells the orange scent and sends that signal to your brain.

To avoid the chemicals, squeeze your own orange juice instead. Don't bother with a fancy machine. Get a simple stainless steel hand juicer. Two oranges produces a large glass. I particularly enjoy squeezing the juice of one grapefruit and scraping out the pulp to get one large glass of grapefruit juice. Yum!

5. Eat steel cut not rolled oatmeal.

Instant oatmeal is heavily processed. The oats have been steamed, rolled, re-steamed, and toasted. Steel cut oats are just that. The oat has been cut with a steel cutter into smaller pieces. Because of less processing, steel cut oats actually have more fiber. More fiber is always good for your health in combating cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease.

Personally, I like McCann's Instant Irish Oatmeal. It takes only 6 minutes to make. I also add a spoonful of ground flax seed and a spoonful of honey.

6. Eat raw honey not fake honey.

Raw honey looks cloudy because it has not been pasteurized. The cloudy stuff is called propolis aka bee resin. Propolis contains phytonutrients, which are antioxidants. The resins also have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties that are beneficial to your health.

I currently consume White Gold Honey, which is made in Canada. You will find that raw honey has a stronger flavor than the clear stuff in the plastic bear at the supermarket.

7. Eat sweet potato chips not Lay's.

One of the best changes you can make is with your snack foods. I used to eat a ton of salty, greasy potato chips everyday until I realized that they were wreaking havoc on my hips and thighs. I made the switch to sweet potato chips. They are better because the starch in sweet potatoes are consumed at a slower rate by the body. This way you don't get a huge surge of energy, only to crash later. They are also crunchier, thicker, and more filling, so you eat less.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoy these healthy eating and drinking tips to improve your life! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.

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