What does it mean to be eating healthy? I try to stay away from processed food. What is processed food? Processed foods include microwave meals and other ready made meals. The term ‘processed food’ applies to any food that has been altered from its natural state in some way, either for safety reasons or convenience. Some foods need processing to make them safe, such as milk, which needs to be pasteurized to remove harmful bacteria. Other foods need processing to make them suitable for use, such as pressing seeds to make oil. Many processed foods have ingredients such as salt, sugar and fat added to make their flavor more appealing and to prolong their shelf life, or in some cases to contribute to the food’s structure, such as salt in bread or sugar in cakes. Eating too much sugar, salt and certain fats are not healthy.
I’ve also begun to buy organic food. Have you heard of Andrew Weil’s Dirty Dozen? The following twelve fruits and vegetable are called the Dirty Dozen because they easily soak up pesticides.
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Snap Peas (Imported)
Eating fresh produce is the best way to obtain the nutrients that support optimum health, but the pesticides used on many crops remain a major health concern. By choosing organic foods, you can reap the health benefits of fruits and vegetables without exposing yourself and your family to potentially harmful chemicals. Pesticides present real health risks, particularly to children and those with health concerns. The toxicity most commonly associated with pesticides in animal studies include disruptions in the normal functioning of the nervous and endocrine system, and increased risks of cancer.
Also, drinking water instead of sodas, diet sodas and energy drinks is a healthier choice.
I rarely go to a fast food restaurant since the food there is often full of salt, sugar and unhealthy fats.
I also try not to eat too much red meat.
So for me to be eating healthy, I stay away from processed food, fast food, sodas, red meat, sugar, and the Dirty Dozen unless they’re organic. My drink of choice is water.
Fisher Hill has a bilingual book called Health Stories and Activities in Spanish and English. The stories are written in English and Spanish. After each story, there is a vocabulary page, a grammar page and a comprehension page. The activity pages are in English but the directions are in Spanish. There is an English translation of the Spanish directions at the end of the book.
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