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Food is Life: Eating for Longevity

Food is Life: Eating for Longevity

Life can be busy and out of control. Our bustling lives allow little to no time to have a sit down for a proper meal. Junk temptations are at every sight and motivation to eat right always seems to be fleeting; however, the importance of healthy eating cannot be overemphasized. Truth be told, organic foods can be a bit on the pricier side as compared to the junk counterpart. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t deter us from healthy eating. Majority of the stores nowadays understand the importance of good nutrition and provide discount flyers to make sure that the good food we eat are accessible to all and at a reasonable price.

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Bowl of chicken with veggies.

Food is the most important basic need. Most of the time we overspend when it comes to our food budget due to various reasons. Eating out tops the list as the gap between homemade meals and eat outs continues to widen. Another key reason is laziness and busy work schedule that drive most to take the easier route: junk meals. These meals are made with preservatives that can be dangerous to our bodies.

Every meal consumed depicts making a food choice, whether the decision is random or intended. Our food choices should always lead us to those foods that benefit our bodies. It goes without saying that healthy eating makes us feel happy, improves our weight, keeps the diseases away, and increases longevity. Over the last couple of years, the rate of nutrition related diseases is alarming despite the fact that everyone knows the benefits of good nutrition.

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Vegetables, fruits and nuts.

“Super foods” is a term used synonymously with healthy foods. These are foods high in nutritional value and fiber. Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, radish, and kale are rich in vitamins, minerals and carotenoids. Lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and legumes are rich in proteins which are the building blocks for bones, muscles, cartilage and blood. Citrus fruits are the backbone of a healthy diet.

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Food is Life: Eating for Longevity

Availability of healthy food should not be an excuse not to eat right. If you are too busy to go to the stores, then let the stores come to you. Online shopping allows you to shop from the comfort of your home. Most online stores deliver fresh and healthy food right at your door step. The beauty of it, there are amazing deals and discounts that are offered by the stores. To put the cherry on top of the cake, one can easily browse flyers from a number of stores and get the best they really want. For instance, some websites have the co-op food – weekly flyer happening this week that gives it customer’s fresh, healthy products at discounted rates.

Meal preps should always be easy and not time consuming. There are some tricks and techniques that one can use to make recipes that work for their lifestyle. Recipes should be well balanced as most people try to eliminate vegetables from their diet and instead compensate it with huge chunks of meat. The base of the meals should be on higher fiber starchy carbohydrates. Fruits and vegetables should always be a must with each meal.

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Salmon with veggies.

Food is indeed life. Nourishing our bodies should be the most natural and essential action of our lives. The key to a healthy diet is to eat the right foods in proper portions. Mindful eating can feel overwhelming but the results are worth every sacrifice. Healthy eating equals to longer life.

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Great post. It is indeed important to eat healthy to be healthy, though I do believe that it’s a case of everything in moderation. You can eat something that’s not very healthy as long as it’s not regularly and too much. I love ice cream and chocolate for example, not very healthy so I don’t indulge often.

  2. Totally agree, we try not to eat anything that is processed. Recently purchased an air fryer and love to make home fries, just cut up potatoes and sprinkle with a salt free seasoning like Mrs Dash and put on the air fryer rack NO Oil needed. Just potatoes and spices.

  3. Eat to live, live to eat. I think that eating nutritious foods and making different dishes are great for your whole being

  4. I enjoyed reading your article I think we have to eat more foods that we make ourselves and foods that my Gramma ate she lived to be almost 101 There was not as much processed foods

  5. This really is true. We make choices with what we eat, and I choose healthier foods to help me live longer and better. It all matters.

  6. I just spent a good portion of the day prepping veggies for meals. Napa cabbage, broccoli, carrots, romaine & cucumber. All Local

  7. This was very interesting since I’m also in this age group too “A basic heart-healthy diet can help you control your weight. That’s important because more than a third of people 65 and older are obese. That can lead to diabetes, some cancers, and heart disease.”

  8. For most of us it is a choice what we eat to have a healthier diet. I used to have a tendency to just put a meal together that was quick because of work and kids and activities. Now I am trying to spend more time on meal prep using fresh foods and cooking them healthier. I have to lose weight so this is a must for me.


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