As we read and learn more about nutrition and what’s healthy to eat and what’s not, it will require us to reevaluate what we consider “healthy eating”, right? Sometimes, we have (need) to change what we “thought” was healthy to what’s even better for us.
I remember when I switched from eating regular peanut butter to the all natural peanut butter, I thought I was on the right track to healthy eating. But by the time I did that, my sister and niece had already moved on from the all natural peanut butters to only eating almond butter because it was way better for you. I’ll explain more below.
A smart approach to eating healthy doesn’t just include adopting smart eating habits, we will need to evaluate our plan as we learn more about nutrition AND what our bodies are telling us.
Here are a few examples of what I began with about 7 years ago until now. I certainly won’t say “ended with” because sure enough something else that’s healthier might come along.
Disclosure: I’m not here to persuade you to change, nor am I any kind of a nutritionist, I’m just a women who listens to her body and am a reader of healthy living info.
Peanut Butter >>>> All Natural Peanut Butter >>>> Almond Butter or other nut butters
I started with this one because it’s a bigger for me. One afternoon a long time ago – 7 years or so, I was visiting my niece and we got on the subject about healthy eating and peanut butter. She asked me to try her all natural peanut butter so I did and I just about gagged. A couple of years later when I decided to start eating healthy this is the FIRST food I switched. I started buying almond butter and I still eat almond butter today. I’ve tried other nut butters, but I like almond the best. I even bake with it. Oh, and I made the BEST gluten-free almond butter cookies that my whole family has enjoyed. I bet I’ve made them 10 times over by now. Easy & Delicious Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chunky Almond Chocolate Cookies
Here’s the honest truth – before giving up peanut butter (all kinds) I put it on my crackers, sandwiches, celery, you name it. Then, one day, I started getting an upset tummy – come to find out it was peanut butter. ONLY if I ate too much would I get the tummy ache, so I just stopped it all together. Hey, did you know that an almond has way more nutrients than a peanut? WAY MORE!!
Cow’s Milk >>>> Almond Milk or Coconut Milk >>>> Coconut Milk without Carrageenan
I gave up cow’s milk a long time ago as adults really don’t need to drink dairy anymore. So I switched to almond milks and would buy ANY that was on sale or I had a coupon for….that is until I started reading the labels and found that non-dairy milks have preservatives in them. That’s when I switched to So Delicious Coconut Milk (unsweetened) as it no longer contains carrageenan which is a preservative.
Flax Seed >>>> Chia Seed >>>> Hemp Seed >>>> back to Chia Seed (how about all 3)
Okay, so a couple of years ago, well more like 5 years ago I read about flaxseed and how it had the omega vitamins in it. After several years of grinding my own and using it in my oatmeal, yogurt, salads, etc., I learned about chia seeds and how much better they are for you. Back then, chia seeds were EXPENSIVE. $1.19 a lb for flaxseed VS $7.99 a lb for chia seeds. I remember hoarding my chia seeds. It’s not like that now. You can find affordable chia seeds such as Chosen Foods Chia Seeds. I do buy hemp seed and use it regularly too. Actually, I use all three. FYI – for flaxseed to work it’s wonder you do have to grind it first, with chia seed and hemp seed you don’t.
Wheat Bread >>>> 100% Whole Wheat Bread >>>> Gluten-Free Bread >>>> No Grains at all
Oh my, my husband and I are still going rounds with this group. He loves wheat bread, I do too, but going to gluten-free bread has helped my stomach tremendously. He even went as far as buying white bread to see if my son would eat it (because he won’t eat his sandwiches that my husband makes for his lunch). Come to find out, Brody just isn’t a bread eater – he could care less about the bread – he just wants the insides!!! Now I’m reading where grains (any kind of grains) can tear your stomach up, so I watch how much I eat.
Sugar >>>> Sweet -n- Low >>>> Equal >>>> Splenda >>>> Truvia >>>> Maybe back to Organic Raw Sugar????
When Sweet-n-Low first came out, people were flocking to it. Now we all know that it has aspartame in it which is not good for us. I remember switching from that to Equal only to find it’s got something else in it that’s not good for us either. Then there’s Splenda and a few others. I use Truvia in my morning coffee but I bake with organic raw sugar.
Cooking Oil >>>> Olive Oil >>>> Extra Virgin Olive Oil >>>> Coconut Oil or Avocado Oil
I’m sure we all know by now that there are better cooking oils other than the vegetable oils that we grew up with. I tend to use the “next best thing” as I do my research and find oils that are organic or non-gmo
Your favorite toothpaste >>>> No Fluoride Toothpaste >>>> Tom’s Toothpaste >>>> DIY All Natural Toothpaste >>>> Back to Tom’s Toothpaste
I just know here what I want to use and what’s best for me and my family. I did make a very popular toothpaste which gets a lot of hits because I’m sure people are looking for better products to put into their mouths. My DIY Natural Toothpaste with Essential Oils has no fluoride and no bad stuff – I think that’s why it’s so popular. I go back and forth to my DIY toothpaste to Tom’s because I can buy theirs with no fluoride and I like it!!
Margarine >>>> Butter >>>> Grass-feed Butter
Oh, how I remember when as a child my mom switched to margarine thinking it was better than the real thing. Now, that I know a little about ingredients and preservatives I’ve gone back to butter…..only to find I know only eat grass-feed butters such as Kerrygold (milk from grass-fed cows).
I really could go on and on but I’m stopping here as I think you get the gist of what I’m trying to convey. Not that I’m perfect in any way, but I do do research and I do listen to my body.
Other examples that we might want to reevaluate are vitamins, makeup, hair products, popcorn,
Bottom line – Be your own guide, do your research, and by all means READ THE LABELS to become an even “healthier” YOU!!
One more thing before I go – if you want to eat healthy, but can’t afford to go all organic, look the NON-GMO label on food packages and start there!