So you’ve decided that you want to go beyond just taking some probiotics and supplements, The First Step To Better Health, and real health is what you are on track to find. The second step to better health just requires some planning. The great thing is that planning is nothing new, we plan what we are going to do each week. Now you will just apply those skills in a different area.
Make Your Own Meals
What I am suggesting is to just add a couple of homemade meals each week. Now that does not sound like a lot of work, does it. The great thing about making your own meals is that you will leave out the artificial flavorings, chemicals, and colorings. This means your body will not have to deal with them. You would be surprised how much of a difference this can make in your health.
I have had Clients start off by just adding a couple of homemade meals a week of their choosing and they have reported to me that they have started feeling better and losing weight. Your body is a great creation, and given the correct nutrition it will react in a positive manner very quickly.
Breakfast Is A Great Health Start
A great starting place is to eat breakfast. You would be surprised how many people skip this very important meal of the day, saying they just don’t have time. Our bodies need energy to operate and food supplies this energy source. After all you have just been sleeping for about 8 hours and you hopefully did not eat just before going to bed. So you have not eaten for around 12 hours, you should be hungry. Your body has been in a catabolic state, meaning muscle is being broken down for fuel. The longer you take to eat, the more muscle that is broken down.
Two Mississippi State University Dietetic Interns, Jennifer Eggert and Nancy Bowers, have researched the importance of breakfast for children under the supervision of Dr. Barbara McLaurin, MSU Extension nutritionist specialist.
“Breakfast is still the most important meal of the day, especially for school-age children. Studies have shown that children who receive a good breakfast learn better, are more alert and are more likely to participate in activities,” Eggert said.
Other studies have shown that, “Children who eat a good breakfast tend to perform better in school, and have a better attendance and decreased hyperactivity.”
Guess what? If this holds good for children it holds good for adults as well. Plus, we need to set good examples for our children. Now my kids get on my case if I get too busy and try to skip breakfast.
A good meal for breakfast is yogurt, especially with a little fresh fruit and some Chia Seed Gel. Talk about a power packed meal!
- Easier to digest than milk
- Adds to colon health
- Improves bio-availability of other nutrients
- Can boot immunity
- Great source of protein
- Can aid in lowing cholesterol
These are some great benefits that yogurt can give. A sad fact is that most yogurt you buy is pasteurized, reducing it to a dead food that does not have many of the great benefits listed above. Make sure if you buy your yogurt to get some containing live cultures, not just made with them. I would suggest a buying a quart of plain yogurt then you add in the flavorings, such as fruit, etc. In the end it will even save you some money. Here’s a tip to keep the yogurt fresh longer: never use a metal spoon to scoop it out of the main container, metal reacts with dairy and causes it to breakdown faster.
One of the best yogurts is a homemade one. It will be high in probiotics and yummy homemade taste. Here is a link to the recipe we use weekly, Homemade Yogurt “The Easy Way”. Yogurt can also be used as a base in a shake or fruit smoothie.
It may take a few extra minutes in the morning to make breakfast but it will be well worth the energy and health that you are helping to establish in your body. I suggested breakfast, but dinners are also another great place to start with some homemade meals. The great thing is the choice is yours.
Encourage others, share in the comments below what meals you have changed or are planning to change.