What are the Healthy Foods To Eat?

It is pretty sad that we live in a time where children and many adults don’t know the difference between real food and processed food. But what is really sad, is that many adults don’t really care what they eat or what their children eat. I know that sounds harsh and it is. I mean I know people really want to be healthy and live longer but it is so much easier to just grab the processed food. In the US we seem to eat just to eat, rather than eat as a way of nourishing our bodies.

I know for me, and my sugar addiction I would buy simply eat what looked good and what on sale. I really didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about what are healthy foods to eat. But now I know that health and the lack of good health are directly related to the food I eat. We really are what we eat.

For example, a diet full of fake food and highly processed food is linked to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. I don’t know about you, but I certainly don’t want any of these.

So What are the Healthy Food To Eat?

Figuring what is healthy and not healthy is actually pretty simple. Really they fall into two categories. Real Food or Fake Food. Here is how to decipher the difference.

Real Food doesn’t come in a box and it doesn’t have a UPC code. Real food normally has 1 ingredient or ingredients that are clearly other foods. For example, if you read the label of salted butter. The ingredient will simply say cream and salt. You can’t get any simpler than that. Real food also grows from trees or vines or perhaps they come from the earth. These are the healthy foods to eat.

When choosing fruits and veggies it is a good idea to choose organic and a lot of the produce in the supermarket are genetically modified or a full of chemicals. This is not good for you.

When you eat dairy products, try to stick with cheese. And when you choose eggs to go for the free range eggs. And when choosing meats choose meats from animals who were raised eating grass rather than corn.

I know it is confusing what to eat in order to be healthy. But once you start learning it gets much easier. The important thing is to simply begin by eating less processed foods. If something has ingredients that you can’t pronounce, it probably isn’t healthy.

Another thing to consider is whether or not the food would spoil if left out for a time. If you place a piece of fruit out it would eventually spoil. However, if you set out a twinkie or a cookie, it would take a long time for it to spoil. So it probably isn’t very healthy.

12 thoughts on “What are the Healthy Foods To Eat?”

  1. Hi Wendy, this advice is so welcome for me at age 65. There are so many versions of food available and although it might seem like a lot of trouble to check labels and buy organic, it is worth the time because it is an investment in well being. The problem is that most of us know what we should choose, but sometimes we don’t have the time and we just take what looks good and what is available. A pity. I think it all begins with the choices we make at the grocery store. If I shop right, then the right things will be in my kitchen cupboard. Just have to decide on a strategy when I eat out. That’s another story…………… Thank you !

    1. You are welcome JJ. I totally know what you mean about reading the labels. It is really sad that we live in a day and age when we have to read labels of food to see if it actually food and not chemicals or additives. 

  2. Loved the article! I agree completely, once you start learning and applying it gets much easier. My wife and I recently made the switch to all organic produce and wow, what a difference! Now that’s all we get and the price really isn’t that much different.

    One of my favorite on the go snacks is a veggie medley at the supermarket deli. I choose veggies sauteed in garlic and olive oil as a quick, healthy and satisfying snack in the car. I agree 100% with your post, the best way to learn is start doing.

  3. Hi Wendy,

    I completely agree with you, and I admire the way you have broken things down into 2 clear, easy to remember categories. With regards to processed foods, I immediately think about frozen pizzas. Only a small percentage of the ingredients in some of these are actually food. I saw a special about this on TV and I was shocked. Before that, I wasn’t too concerned, qualitatively, about what I was eating. But I sure am now. Your article is some excellent positive reinforcement for me to keep making the effort to eat healthy.

    Thanks, and all the best,

    Norman

  4. Great article bringing this important message to the forefront. We have to be careful of false labels too, in that if the label on beef (for example)says “grass fed”, it may be grass fed for a time but then corn fed for months before slaughter. We should look for the word “always” on the label.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. That is a very good point, Karen. Isn’t is crazy that we can’t trust the food we eat these days. It is really sad.

  5. Since I started going to Bootcamp, I’ve been paying a lot more attention to what is healthy food. I read labels on packaged products now.

    I agree with you, children and adults, many don’t know or even care about eating healthy foods. They’re too busy.

    I’m glad you mentioned going with free range eggs, that’s much better. Like you say, you are what you eat… so true!

    Thanks, reading this confirms I’m on the right track.

  6. Yes, I agree with you what we eat anymore are the fast and easy foods to eat. Fast food is a big part of the worlds unhealthiness. We went from watching what we eat and being healthy so I don’t have time to eat I’ll just stop and pick something up on the way. All this has lead to bad eating habits and unhealthiness.

    1. This is very true, and most of the “fast foods” available are very processed or full or hormones, antibiotics, and additives.

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