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Eating real food can be difficult. February 22, 2009

Filed under: nutrition — Chris Biles @ 9:10 am
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I know for a lot of us, eating real food can be difficult. It takes a lot of time, effort, and energy. With processed foods it can be so simple to just rip open a package and have a meal ready in no time. The real stuff you have to peel, chop, slice, dice, mix and sautee. It’s just not fair, right? Besides does it really matter that much what I eat?

Let me tell you, in the long run it really does make a difference. Food is a drug. It’s one that we all have access to and we’re self medicating 3 to 6 times a day. The types of foods we eat can be the cause of most if not all of our current health challenges. From obesity to diabetes certainly, as well as chronic inflammation that can potentially wreak havoc on all of our major body systems.

So I challenge you- find out what is standing in the way of you at least trying to eat real foods and take action. If it leads to less medication, weight loss and better health, then I’d say the trade off of a little extra time and effort is definately worth it.

Be RELENTLESS in your approach to eating real foods so you can BE HEALTHY. FOR LIFE.

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What’s on our plate? February 21, 2009

Filed under: nutrition,Recipes,WOOP — Chris Biles @ 9:23 am

We get asked all the time, ” What do you guys eat?”  To be honest, we kinda subscribe to the “everything in moderation” camp for the most part. There was a time when I was hooked on breads, rice and pasta and about the only thing green I would eat was key lime pie. But times have changed. I now eat plenty of green, yellow, and red foods that don’t involve artificial coloring and I feel all the better for it.

This “what’s on our plate” section will be a collection of some of our favorite meals and foods- some quick and easy and some that take a little more planning. I hope you enjoy.

This was a salad that we put together one Sunday after church. It was a bunch of mixed greens, topped with leftover steak (sliced), tortilla strips,and chopped avocado. I cut the corn tortillas rather quickly into strips with a pizza cutter and fried them in olive oil. I  added sea salt as they cooled. I then cut the steak into strips, diced the avocado and made my dressing out of 2 parts olive oil and 1 part balsamic vinegar. What came together was a quick, tasty, Zone-ish meal that took less than 15 minutes to put together.

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Whatever happened to real food? February 7, 2009

Filed under: nutrition — Chris Biles @ 4:11 pm

Why do we have a tendency to take simple subjects and complicate them? I shouldn’t have to have a degree in mathematics or bring a dictionary to the store in order to do my grocery shopping. Yet all the major diet gurus and systems are telling me to count calories, points or calculate blocks. I’m also supposed to “know” what I’m eating by reading the labels. I know I’ve got to watch out for MSG and trans fats but what about the sodium acid pyrophosphate, magnesium oxide, and soy lecithin in my Country Time Lemonade? Are those good for me? I don’t know what to do!!!

How about this. Try eating real food that’s found in nature. Food that spoils. Food with ingredients that you can pronounce. Food that is free of added flavors, colors and other junk. This type of food is typically found on the outer perimeter of the supermarket and usually not down the aisles. Better yet support your local farmer’s market and beef producers. Find one near you- www.localharvest.org

Healthy foods are rarely ripped open from a plastic package or box. Start eating the real stuff today.

Here’s a great clip from Andy Rooney on this: