Welcome to Food for Thought

h

You are a welcomed guest and we thank you for visiting the Food for Thought  website.  We provide information for different kinds of diets, weight loss plans, keeping fit exercises, muscle building, recipes, and more.  We present the material to you as an e-book, audio, and/or video, download when you subscribe for downloading. Here is a little taste of what you can expect when you explore our site:

Healthy Foods for a Healthy Diet

Dieting is an adventure in texture, flavor, smell, and visual appreciation for the wholesome food that nature has provided you.  It is being thankful that you have control over foods that are healthy for you rather than unhealthy foods having control over you.

You will feel so energized after a few days eating healthy.  Drinking plenty of water that is half your body weight in ounces each day is a must.  (200 lbs.=100 oz. water)  Water eliminates toxins from your body and is necessary for all body functions, including the digestive tract.  Water helps you lose weight and not only “water weight” (edema) of your body.

Organic fruits, vegetable, nuts, and grains, are grown without pesticides.  Established typical farmers use sewage slurry, chemical pesticides, and ionizing radiation to grow their vegetables and fruits.  Hormones are used by dairy farmers to produce more milk, and poultry farmers use antibiotics and hormones to increase egg production by their hens.  These chemicals can and do leach into all these products.  Organic farmers do not use any of these chemicals thereby having no residue on our foods.  Organic also means, by regulation that artificial sweeteners, chemical preservatives, and other harmful additives are not in processed foods.  Organic farming is also better for the environment.

In addition, organic costs more because the farmers must do arduous reports to the federal government.  It’s the natural way to eat.  Organic food, including dairy, meat and eggs, is preferred by people who eat healthy and those wanting to diet eating the very best of the food that is grown.

Advantages of Organic Food

A great tip for your very own organic food—plant and maintain a veggie garden adding berry bushes and fruit trees.  Do not use pesticides and you will have the freshest, tastiest, garden.  Go to the farmer’s markets in late spring until the frost for organic food.  They are rich in antioxidants and other essential nutrients compared to traditional farming methods.  However, nutritionally, organic is no better than conventional methods of food production.  Fresh usually spoils faster because the plants have not been sprayed with preservatives.  And they might be smaller of varying sizes, since organic farmers cannot use chemical fertilizers for size volume.

Fresh vs. Canned Veggies and Fruit

Eat well and live well.  If you are food insecure, know that nutritious food is more expensive than processed and junk food yet will contribute to your overall wellness.  This will reduce your rate of chronic diseases such as diabetes, and obesity.

Fresh produce is best and frozen is second best when fresh food is in season.  Frozen food has its advantages in that you use the amount you want and refreeze the balance.  It can stay in the freezer longer, where fresh must be eaten immediately—unless you grow your own and pick only what you need.  Food in cans and jars are overcooked losing most of the nutrients.  Vegetables are salty and mushy and have no flavor, and the fruits are sugary not tasting like what they are.  Buy from local farmer’s markets and organic at the grocery stores when you can.  The food will not have a multitude of contaminants and byproducts known to be associated with conventional food processing and shipping methods.

Why You Should Try Eating Food Raw

For knowing how to diet, a beneficial health choice is to eat raw fruits and vegetables, including nuts for your weight loss victory.  Raw foods are tasty, and there are many ways to enhance them for your taste buds.  Raw food also removes toxins that are collecting in your body.  You will feel more alert, your concentration will improve and you will no longer have those energetic highs followed by fatigue with a nap not far behind when eating heavy carbs and sugary foods while putting on extra pounds.

Since you can cook vegetables, you ask, why eat it raw?  When vegetables are cooked, they lose enzymes, the most important chemicals in vegetables.  Other nutrients and vitamins that are important for your body are lost as well.  It is best to eat vegetables raw or steamed.  When vegetables are cooked new chemicals are formed.  Raw foods boost your immune system.  Gradually try vegetables raw and don’t forget to drink lots of water.  You will start to lose weight fast with good nutrition.

Raw Food Choices

  • Some vegetables that taste wonderful raw having few calories: tomatoes, cabbage, bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, spinach, kohlrabi, onions, radish, and more.
  • Raw fruits to consider: apples, bananas, oranges, apricots, peaches, grapes, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, melons, pears, and more.

Best Ways to Diet

Diet for your own health and ideal weight goals.  Our bodies require essential nutrients daily, consisting of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and certain salts contained in foods (not table salt).  The word diet means different things to many people.  Diet involves food, nourishment, nutrition, system, schedule, method, or treatment.  Most think it is a cutting back on food, struggling to eat unpalatable food, and deprivation of everything you have ever enjoyed during your life.  Not true.  Think of your diet as being a way of life—a way to have life in its most beneficial form, to be energetic, focused and psychologically fit.  Quality food does this by providing the chemicals necessary for a healthy body to metabolize into the building blocks for muscle, skin, organs, and other functions, and for preventing disease.

A variety of foods will entice you into eating them for your weight control.  You will need to plan, prepare menus, and look at this as a way to have a healthy life not a disparaging task.

 

Eating Schedules and Tips on Dieting

It is important that you implement an eating schedule, since a routine is healthier for your body.

  • Breakfast Within one hour after awakening, to be 7-9 a.m.
  • Snack 2 hours later
  • Lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Snack 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Dinner  6-7 p.m.

Do not eat after 8 p.m. because you might toss and turn all night digesting your food.  It is best not to drink anything after 7 p.m. to avoid going to the bathroom all night.

Start a journal for exploring your feelings and thoughts with your dieting.  Write down when you get up in the morning, what you had for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  Note the amount of water you drank.  Be creative and jot down what the temperature was and if the sun was out.  Stay busy.  Boredom can lead you straight to the kitchen.  If it does, snack on celery or a fresh apple.  You can do this!

 

Dieting Using Budgeting Guidelines

Make plans for what to prepare for the week.  Prepare a grocery list.  Use coupons from the newspaper or online for instance, where they are free and printable.

On the weekend prepare a large pot of chili, stew, or bean soup.  Freeze in individual freezer-safe containers, thaw in the fridge side during the day, and microwave for dinner.  You can also prepare two pots of something at one time and alternate throughout the week for lunch and/or dinner.

Buy five pounds of ground chicken or turkey.  Preshape and store each one individually in waxed paper then in a plastic bag, put in the freezer for a quick meal including a salad, veggies, and fruit.

Do not keep processed food in the house—no cookies, cakes, pies, sodas, pre-packaged quick-to-fix dinner helpers and the like.  They are costly and will sabotage your diet. Diet plans and preparing food ahead of time will help you achieve your weight loss goals and help your budget.

 

Successful Dieting

Consuming fewer calories and exercising equals success.  However, you must be mindful about where your calories are coming from.  A gooey, sugary Danish with 5 grams of trans fat will not help you reach your losing weight achievement.

Being bored by not eating what you’ve been eating is one of the reasons diets fail.  You can love what you eat and eat what you love once you have determined that you are dieting to win.  You control you—not food.  It is indeed a challenge.

Remove fat from your diet.  It has more calories per gram than carbohydrates.  Do not be too hard on yourself if you occasionally slip off your diet plan.  How to diet successfully:  try having a broiled salmon filet with lemon, a little dill weed and capers.  Make some natural brown rice and add some broccoli and carrots.  Delicious and low in calories.  Add a piece of fresh fruit and you just had a healthy dinner.

Have herbal teas with honey if you like your tea sweet.  This is the sweetener from the gods.  Being naturally full of vitamins, such as such as B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and specific amino acids, it also has the minerals iron, calcium, manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and sodium.  It’s good for you.

For exercising park your car far from the office door, the supermarket door, take the stairs up and down, and take a walk during your lunch hour.  Maybe your local malls have walking trails, and if not, walk briskly inside or outside the mall where it is safe.  There are many creative ways for attaining your weight loss program and for exercising, so give it some thought and you will enjoy your success.