As we read and learn more about nutrition and what’s healthy to eat and what’s not, it requires us to re-evaluate what we consider healthy eating. This is why I changed my healthy eating habits for the better.
Why I Changed My Healthy Eating Habits
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 butter to eating almond butter because it was better for you.
A smart approach to eating healthy doesn’t include adopting smart eating habits; it also means we need to re-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 seven years ago until now. I certainly won’t say “ended with” because sure enough something else that’s healthier will come along.
Peanut Butter >> All-Natural Peanut Butter >> Almond Butter
One afternoon about seven years or so, I was visiting my niece, and we got on the subject of 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, natural peanut butter was the first food I switched out.
I started buying almond butter after that and I still eat almond butter today and never natural peanut butter. I’ve tried other nut butter, 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 it 10 times. Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Chunky Almond Chocolate Cookies
Here’s the 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 stomach and 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 almond has way more nutrients than a peanut?
Cow’s Milk >> Almond or Coconut Milk >> Coconut Milk w/out 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 milk 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 milk has preservatives in them. That’s when I switched to So Delicious Coconut Milk (unsweetened) as it no longer has carrageenan, which is a preservative.
Flax Seed >> Chia Seed >> Hemp Seed >> back to Chia Seed
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 pound for flaxseed VS. $7.99 a pound 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 properly, it needs to be ground first, with chia seed and hemp seed these two can be eaten whole.
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 the sandwiches that my husband makes for his lunch). Come to find out, Brody isn’t bread eater – he could care less about the bread – he just wants the insides. Now I’m reading where grains (of any kind) can tear your stomach up, so I watch how much I eat.
Here are more reasons why I changed my healthy eating habits for the better.
Sugar >> Sweet -n- Low >> Equal >> Splenda >> Truvia
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 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.
Crest toothpaste >> No Fluoride Toothpaste >> Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste >> DIY All Natural Toothpaste >> Back to Tom’s
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 from 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-fed butter 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 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 – if you want to eat healthily but can’t afford to go all organic, look for the NON-GMO label on food packages and start there!
Why I changed my healthy eating habits is because I had to. HERE’S TO HEALTHY LIVING! WHY? BECAUSE YOU WILL FEEL BETTER – THIS I DO KNOW AS I’VE EXPERIENCED IT!
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