Well, youve gotten rid of some of the things that are bad for your health.
If you havent already, implement all five of the small changes from part
one of this series on real health.
Next you need to make a few bigger changes in your diet. The first is to eat more
fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables have nutrients and chemicals that
are very health-supporting. And they taste good! You should try to eat these in
their most unprocessed forms and with minimal cooking.
For example, eat fruit, not fruit juice. Fruit juice you buy in the store, has
very little actual juice in it. If you read the ingredients list, it will often
have water and high fructose corn syrup added. High fructose corn syrup is just
highly processed sugar, with no nutrient value to speak of.
Fruits like blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, all have cancer
fighting and preventive properties. You could snack on blueberries, or slice some
strawberries or bananas into your morning oatmeal.
Buy fresh vegetables, not canned. The canning process removes most of the nutrient
value. Frozen vegetables are usually okay, but you need to read the label to see
if anything has been added.
When you cook vegetables, dont boil them into mush. Lightly stir fry or
steam, so the vegetables remain crisp and the nutrients remain in the vegetables.
One of my favorite vegetables is steamed kale. It takes about 2 minutes to make
and it tastes wonderful (I add spices to it) and it is this vibrant green color.
Color is actually a good guide to what to buy. Deeper colors are usually more
nutrition-packed. Go for orange carrots, red tomatoes, green broccoli and so on.
For your salads, go with the deeper green lettuces and spinach.
Be creative in how you plan and cook your meals. Make vegetables the major part
of the meal. Try out some vegetarian recipes. Experiement with spices to add zest
to a dish. Snack on carrots or berries, have fruit as your dessert instead of
something loaded with fat and sugar.
About the Author
Barbara Pfieffer writes about gaining real health on her blog, Real Health.