The longer I have walked the path to clean eating and fitness, the more I’ve read about living a healthy lifestyle. Along the way I’ve learned about processed foods that are unfit for consumption, as well as concerns related to pesticides in our foods. I have also found a variety of sites with information related to clean eating, along with healthy recipes.
In all of my reading, I have thought back to my childhood, when my parents worked hard to produce a garden so that we would have a cheap, ready supply of fresh and frozen vegetables. I was stick-thin until I started college, mainly because food at home was limited to fresh tomatoes, homemade tomato and vegetable soups, corn, potatoes, and lima beans. My dad also grew a huge watermelon patch, so we had fresh watermelon ALL SUMMER LONG! After I started college, I ate out for lunch most days and quickly gained 20 pounds!
My mother fried the occasional piece of chicken and sometimes made hamburgers or baked pork chops, but the bulk of our diet was plant-based. Daddy turned 80 this year, and Mother’s not far behind him! With all of the meat scares in recent years, they now eat only vegetables, and both of them are in EXCELLENT health! Based on my experience, I’m thinking there may be something to the theory that meat isn’t the healthiest option.
Here is a list of some websites and books that I have used to learn more about healthy eating.
Dirty Dozen Produce
This site is published by Environmental Working Group (EWG) whose mission is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment.
Each year, they provide a list of foods most contaminated by pesticides. For foods with a low number, choose organic to avoid eating pesticides.
15 Food Companies That Serve You Wood
Just nasty! I used to LOVE fast food, and now I can hardly eat it, thinking of what may be in it! I’m not sure of the facts of the matter, but I do know that fast food is fattening, and after reading this article, none of it is appetizing to me any longer!
The Gracious Pantry
This site provides basic information on clean eating–what is it and how to do it. The site also includes a variety of “clean” recipes, complete with nutrition information. Because I count calories, I am ALWAYS interested in nutrition, so this is one of my favorite recipe sites. I especially love the 5-ingredient recipes–so EASY!
The Skinny Crock Pot
This site includes traditional recipes that are modified to be healthy and are designed to be cooked using a crock pot. This site also includes nutritional information for all recipes on the site, which is very useful when counting calories and trying to reduce sodium.
Fit, Fabulous, Forever
Great site with healthy recipes.
Eating Clean Works
Information on a variety of topics related to clean eating and living a healthy, fit lifestyle.
Forks Over Knives
This book outlines the benefits of eating natural, unprocessed foods and avoiding meat products. Explains the workings of the modern-day meat industry and how the way meat is produced and processed is detrimental to our health. The book is called Forks Over Knives because the author believes that what we put on our forks can help us to avoid the knives used in surgery. One benefit of reading this book is that I now think twice before eating meat. Vegetables are now much more appetizing!
The China Study
This book presents findings from a research study in which the effects of the typical American diet was compared to effects of the Chinese diet and explains how eating meat and dairy products can cause a variety of common health-related issues such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.