Hm, I don’t! I’d love to find healthy and nutritious food blogs here, I’m sure there are some if you search the tags.
I have a lot of nutritional tips because I’ve been studying it for a year or so (informally) and learned a lot from what my own body has taught me. I’ll share them here!
First of all, I think weaning yourself away from processed food (things with high fructose corn syrup, autolyzed ____, food coloring #___, etc) is a good idea no matter what. The more spiritual I get, the more I can taste and sense the toxicity of the chemicals. Often times, you’re literally poisoning yourself (in small and non-deadly…short term at least) doses, when you eat these foods. It’s terrifying!!
Fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, herbs, seafood, and lean meat is always a healthy choice. It’s really all about balance and listening to your body. All the people I’ve spoken to that have changed their diet just listen to their body. Sometimes you’ll crave a certain vegetable, probably for a reason! Most likely, your body is deficient in a nutrient it has, and it craves it because you’re body is crazy intelligent. (Side note: do your research on seafood. Some are endangered species and others contain a lot of heavy metals due to pollution in the oceans. If you plan on eating a lot of seafood, research first!)
If you can, eat organic and freshly picked vegetables and fruits. Most foods lose most of their nutritional value after only a few days of being out of the ground. You also want to avoid pesticides, so if you can’t eat organic then make sure to wash your fruits and veggies well! Pesticides are literally deadly…why these even go near our mouths I question daily. D:
If you don’t have the healthiest diet right now (like a lot of processed stuff and not much fresh food), don’t go cold turkey and switch everything over (unless that works for you and you know it). It’s possible it could actually upset your digestion (not in a harmful way, but you might not feel great), because your body is eating so differently. So if you want to switch your diet over the healthier things, try these tips:
- Drink more water. If you really love soda (which is like drinking chemicals…gah), that’s okay, but try to change it to healthier fruit drinks! The Izze brand is an awesome place to start. I definitely still drink those.
- Read ingredient labels. Ideally, you should be able to make a mental picture of everyone ingredient. If you can’t and it doesn’t say (vitamin C) or something in parenthesis, don’t get it. There are a couple exceptions (citric acid, etc), but you can look it up on your smart phone or computer if you’re curious.
- Start to focus your grocery list on the produce (fruits, berries, veggies). Make a point to shop once a week, and make a goal that 2/3rd of your list will be in produce within a month or two of changing your diet.
- Don’t worry about cutting out the bad stuff at first–start just bringing in good stuff! Eat your favorites veggies and fruits (you can snack on as many veggies as you want, you can’t overeat them! Fruits are sugary so try not to have more than ~3 per day, but definitely eat them!). The curious thing is how intelligent our bodies are: you will start to crave veggies and fruits. Processed stuff with become distasteful. It’s all because the food industry has convinced us, through flavorings etc, that processed food is yummy and the best for us. But our bodies know better and they quickly recognize this after only weeks of introducing veggies and fruits! Once you start to crave healthy stuff, then start focusing on cutting out junk. It will become easier and easier.
Also, I have a book recommendation! It might have a couple recipes…? It’s “Eating on the Wild Side.” It’s filled with info and only around $20 to purchase.
I also might, in the next few years, make a food illustration book with recipes I’ve designed that are healthy and chakra specific. It would combine a lot of my passions and I think make a great book! I’ll definitely post about it on my blog if this is still running by the time I get around to making the book.
I hope some of this helped! Just make sure to look for recipes that have easy ingredients and usually avoid “brand name” recipes, like where you have to buy a specific seasoning etc. The old copies of Food magazine often have easy and wholesome recipes. :)