Thursday, November 17, 2005

Healthy Diet- Rest of the Day

Breakfast is the most important meal of your day, see my previous post for some ideas.

These next ideas are good for lunch or dinner.

Lunch can be bad for many of us. Pastas, breads, sugary drinks all lead to the dreaded afternoon "sleepies". You know what I mean- DROWSY! If after lunch all you want is a nap, you need to carefully and honestly consider your diet.

Go for a salad with some meat as a protein source. Or, a meat with no buns or bread. I love BBQ pork, and with coleslaw, it makes a very satisfying meal. You already know how I feel about sprouts. Want to try an experiment? Eat a big fistfull of sprouts with a tomato, or cucumber, or even half an avocado for lunch.

I will bet you never got the sleepies!

And please, avoid the sugared drinks- tea or, yech, a cola drink! Same with fruit juices, sugar is sugar. Orange and apple juice are popular offenders. My dentist used to love her patients that had their kids drink apple juice or eat raisins (dried grapes) because they were her best source of business! (cavities and rotten teeth).

For some reason people fight this concept of fruit juices being bad for you, and all I can say is- tune out the marketers message and quit deluding yourself.

I happen to agree with Dr. Mercola and Dr. Perricone about fish and especially salmon. The oils fish contain and the easily digestible protein add up to a healthy meal. Your challenge is finding wild salmon. Farm raised suffer from all kinds of issues- fed antibiotics, coloring agents, raised in unclean pens, and raised on unnatural food pellets.

Ugh- no thanks.

The problem for many of us is that wild raised and caught salmon can be expensive, so we have to be careful shoppers. Go for the King Salmon when you can, it has the best flesh texture and taste in my opinion. Baked/broiled are fast and easy. A little salt and pepper, with a squeeze of lemon and you are good to go.

You know too, I am a huge fan or raw milk. If you are in California you can buy it in certain stores. If you live in other states you can buy it from Organic Pastures, shipped frozen, or join a local "cow-share" program. If super-market milk causes you to be lactose intolerant or have excess mucus secretion, I urge you to spend the buck$ and try raw milk, raw butter and raw cheese. You will never go back.

More later this week.