What is Healthy?
The basic definition of healthy is free from disease or pain. This was a startling definition for me. I have celiac disease so does that mean I will never be able to identify as healthy? There was a study done that concluded less than 3% of Americans are actually considered healthy. This included things such as not smoking moderate to vigorous exercise 150 minutes a week scoring at least 40% on the healthy eating index and body fat percentage under 20 for men, 30 for women. Do you meet these requirements to call yourself healthy?
Photo taken from: The Holistic Homestead
On a mission to find answers
I turned to social media and asked all of my friends and family members if they met these qualifications and the results were in! No one answered my poll on social media… Are the questions too intimidating? Are people afraid to admit they are not as healthy as they could be? Perhaps no one wants to share personal information they usually discuss with their doctor. Whatever the answer may be, I know that I am on a mission towards a healthier lifestyle.
What do we eat?
We eat a ketogenic diet as much as possible. We also do not eat any form of gluten and we avoid dairy as it makes our bodies react in a negative way. I am a pescatarian so I do not eat any meat except occasional seafood. Avoiding any processed foods, GMOs, and non-organic food is our goal. So what do we eat? How do we get proper nutrients and maintain a good balance of minerals and vitamins? One of the key factors in making sure we eat healthily is researching what we are eating as well as understanding the ingredients! We eat a lot of whole raw foods so we usually know exactly what we are putting into our bodies.
The nitty gritty of our diet
How much iron, protein, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, sugar, and other fats do we need as individuals? We try and get in a wide variety of each. We eat a lot of beans, lentils, legumes vegetables, eggs, oils, nuts, seeds, berries and some fruits for dessert. We add a lot of different spices, superfoods, and aminos into our diet that has amazing health benefits. Apple cider vinegar has been a key food in my weight loss and health as it cuts down belly fat and curbs the appetite when you know you have already met your calorie intake. We use the brand braggs because it tastes better to us. Check out this link to learn more about what kind of apple cider vinegar to buy and health benefits it has to offer. Let me know what you think!
You will see that there are chicken nuggets in this picture for the kiddos as a treat. We feed our kids organic non-GMO meat if we do buy it and gluten free as much as possible since I have Celiac Disease. We want to know exactly what we are feeding our children.
Support your local farmers!
I like to shop the farmers market for fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, spices, and other local organic treats. I find that there are many stands that offer these foods for a fraction of what you would pay in the store. The middle picture above shows our leafy greens and herbs as well as a watermelon. I got all of this for $9! That is 8 different healthy foods with the watermelon being the most expensive at $5. The produce I walked away with was a watermelon, curly parsley, cilantro, jalapenos, string beans, celery, green onion and leaf lettuce.
Shopping at the Farmers Market