Written by Valerie Wilson
A new year has started, and I am sure many have the resolution to get healthy or work on getting healthier. Many people think it has to be a big change, a big ‘happening’ to get healthy for the new year, but it does not have to be that way. Plus, if we perceive that it is going to be a big change, it sets us up for failure because it becomes too much, and we give up. Let’s simplify things and make it easy to achieve getting healthy in the new year.
First, start eating more vegetables. It can be that simple. You can buy fresh organic vegetables and create simple dishes such as steaming or boiling them. Or, if you are not a fan of chopping vegetables, you can get frozen organic vegetables in almost all grocery stores. When you start eating more vegetables, you are increasing your intake of vitamins and minerals, and that is a great first step.
Second, start eating whole grains; I usually recommend brown rice as the starting whole grain. Just cook up a pot of brown rice and eat it with every meal. You do not have to make a special dish with brown rice (although that can be an option); eat the brown rice with whatever you are planning on eating already. And always have brown rice on hand in your refrigerator for when you are hungry. Eating whole grains will give you energy, and plenty of fiber, boost your immune system, and help keep you healthy with all the antioxidants.
Third, eliminate refined sugar from your diet. Yes, I know you are saying this is a hard one, but it will be the most rewarding one that you do. Read the labels of the food you buy, and you will see refined sugar in almost all of it. However, the good news is that more companies now than ever make items without refined sugar; you have to look for them. When you stop eating refined sugar, you will have more energy, think clearer, and get rid of a lot of pain.
Don’t get overwhelmed, and do not give up. Just do one thing at a time, and do not be discouraged if you cheat; (as they say) get back on the horse and keep riding. Keep moving forward, making changes toward eating healthier foods, and pat yourself on the back for all you accomplish.
Pot Boiled Brown Rice
1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
pinch sea salt
Wash the rice by putting it in a bowl, covering it with water, then draining. Put in a pot the washed brown rice, water, and a pinch of sea salt, burner on high, and bring to a boil for a minute. Reduce to the lowest possible temperature, cover, and simmer for one hour. The brown rice should have absorbed all the water. Turn off the heat, let sit for 5 minutes and serve.
Simple Boiled Vegetables
A variety of vegetables:
Example: sweet potato, cauliflower, turnips, broccoli
Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add one vegetable, keeping the temperature on high to boil the vegetable until fork tender. Remove the vegetable and keep the water boiling. Add the next vegetables to the same pot and cook it until fork tender. You can keep boiling each vegetable until you are done. You can do however many vegetables you would like to serve. Serve with the brown rice.