Below are a few tips I follow ….
- Don’t buy salads or lettuce in a bag or plastic bins as they have lots of preservatives sprayed on them to keep them fresh which can give you headaches, cramps and indigestion. Buy the loose romaine or leaf lettuce in the grocery store.
- Limit or eliminate food from cans when possible. Check out Farm Boy – they carry many foods in glass jars like pasta sauce or pizza sauce.
- When you are buying fruits and veggies follow the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 List
- Try olive oil and balsamic vinegar on your salad. It really tastes great and it is much better than any salad dressing you can buy.
- Use sea salt in recipes. Try Celtic Sea Salt. Sea salt should be a grey or pinkish colour not white.
- Try Stevia in your coffee or tea as a natural sugar replacments. Stevia is a natural sugar replacement and it has zero calories. History about Stevia: Stevia rebaudiana is a small shrub in the same family as lettuce, chicory and chrysanthemums. It grows wild in Paraguay and Brazil. Stevia is a natural product with centuries of usage since pre-Columbian times by natives in Paraguay with no reports of side effects. Rigerous research in hundreds of trials internationally have proven stevia to be completely non-toxic for both human and animal consumption. I buy it in Concentrate liquid form – only need one or 2 drops in a cup of tea or coffee. Available at: Rainbow Foods and Natural Food Pantry
- Limit using the microwave and when using it only use glass or ceramic dishes (not plastic).
- Try coconut oil when cooking. Coconut oil is made by shredding and cold-pressing coconut meat while it’s moist, separating the oil and the milk. Although coconut oil is a saturated fat, it is a medium-chain fatty acid. This means it metabolizes more easily than other saturated fats, which are long-chain fatty acids. In addition to giving your metabolism a little boost, coconut oil is also heat stable and can be used for higher-temperature cooking and for baking. Look for expeller-pressed unrefined or virgin coconut oil, which retains a slight aroma and taste of coconut. Coconut oil will keep well in a dark, cool place, and will remain solid at room temperature.