Be Healthy 360°

It's a New Year! I don't make resolutions, but maybe some of you did. The #1 most popular resolution every year is to lose weight.

Let's stop thinking about weight and start thinking about health.

A couple of weeks ago, I went to lunch with four co-workers to this great local pizza place that is well-known for sourcing local, organic, and fresh ingredients. I was the only one who didn't order a salad before the pizza. My co-workers were floored because I have a reputation around the office for eating organically. "But you eat healthy!"

People ask me all the time, whereever I go, if I am a vegetarian, I guess because I am thin. The answer is no.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not telling you to not eat your salad if that's what you like. Personally, eating a big forkfull of what is mostly lettuce is not my idea of a good time. But I promise that I eat and enjoy lots of different vegetables!

There is so much more to being healthy than eating salads all day.

In fact, if in your quest to lose weight or be healthy this year, you only focus on vegetables, I think you'll be missing a big part of the story. You'll only be seeing about 90°.

One of the most important parts of the picture is healthy fats. Yes, you need fat to lose weight! Whole milk, chicken skin, fermented cod liver oil, butter, and more.

But healthy fats do not complete the circle either. You also need grass-fed and pastured animal proteins, dairy, fruits, whole grains, and legumes. This means lots of yummy things like grass-fed steaks, full-fat cheese, whole wheat tortillas, and peanut butter cookies. Don't forget your roasted sweet potatoes! Suddenly, being healthy is starting to sound a lot more delicious.

This year, Be Healthy 360°. Instead of resolving to lose weight, resolve to eat more...

dark meat chicken
organic vegetables
homemade broth
nut butters
real butter
grass-fed beef fat/pastured pork lard
wild-caught seafood
grass-fed/pastured beef or chicken livers (they're a must!)
fermented foods
locally grown and raised produce and meats
full-fat yogurt
local honey
and more butter (yay!)

Resolve to eat less...

processed foods
white flour
white sugar
unfermented soy
factory farmed meats
produce from halfway around the world
low-fat, fat-free, or diet foods
artificial sweeteners

Here's to good health and good food in 2013... and the wisdom to know that you can have both!

I am not a doctor so the views reflected in the article are my opinions only. Obviously, common sense must prevail - when I say "more butter", I don't mean eat a whole stick in one sitting.

18 comments:

  1. why dark meat chicken?

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  2. You can read my post about chicken here: http://www.anorganicwife.com/2012/02/dont-be-chicken-about-chicken.html

    Basically, dark meat chicken is much more nutritious (healthy fats), and as a bonus it tastes so much better than white meat.

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  3. To play devils advocate :-) i think what youve listed is a more strict eat local diet. You can eat healthy without being local. Even i have to resort to grocery stores because local food is basically non exsistent in the winter here! Unless i want a grapefruit doet lol

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  4. I don't think this is a strict eat local diet. It probably IS easier to find locally, rather than a chain grocery store. But yes, it is possible to eat healthy from the grocery stores.

    To play devil's advocate :) local food IS healthier. That's a fact. Produce shipped in from Argentina loses its nutrients on the plane ride over, whereas produce picked fresh from a local farm the previous day still has most of its nutrients intact.

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  5. This is such a great post! My first thought for this year was definitely lose weight, because it is something I need to do. But maybe instead of beating myself up over numbers, I should just chill out, eat healthy, move more, and see what happens! Thanks for this post!

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  6. Absolutely insightful! Better health comes from better nutrition.

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  7. Great post. I agree to live well you must eat well. I feel so much better when I eat healthy and exercise daily!

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  8. I LOVE THIS!!! Thanks for writing this post!!! :)

    -Shannon

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  9. Yes!!! I would love to have you share your posts on The HomeAcre Hop!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/01/the-homeacre-hop-2.html

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  10. So, did you have pizza that day? What about the crust?!

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  11. Yes, I absolutely had pizza, topped with local spinach and bell peppers.

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  12. o.k,iam 58 female weight @ 145,have a belly.for the last month i have been eating fish,fresh veggie,ww muffin with somtimes nothing on them oe spray i cant believe it's not butter,tuna fish sandwich,eggs,salads ff dressing really i think eating very good,exersice 40 min a day to a sweat.hop on the scales haven't lost a ounce PLEASE HELP ME.

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  13. @Anonymous, I'm not a doctor or nutritionist, but I'd really recommend cutting out processed foods. I Can't Believe It's Not Butter and fat-free dressings are processed foods that contain a lot of artificial sweeteners and additives that lead to weight gain. It also sounds like you need more healthy fats. Fat does NOT make you fat. They help your body absorb nutrients and keep you full longer. Whole milk, real butter, and coconut oil are all really great healthy fats to make a regular part of your diet. I personally make it a point to eat lots of these every day.

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  14. thank you for your input.what spray pam? can not believe ff dressing i mean i do but always though it was so much better for you,only buy skim milk &what do you mean coconut oils?thank you so much Cristina,

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  15. Pam spray isn't good either, unfortunately. I just rub coconut oil on my pans to keep them from sticking. Coconut oil is a wonderful healthy fat that that can be used in cooking, baking, on your skin, in your hair, and eaten raw. You can read about it here: http://www.anorganicwife.com/2012/01/fun-facts-about-coconut-oil.html
    You can buy coconut oil here: http://www.anorganicwife.com/p/shop.html

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  16. o.k.,i threw out my so called butter spray & i will buy whole milk i don't drink milk just use it in my coffee,cereal.i did @ one time use coconut oil,for weigh loss think i saw that on dr oz & i did buy it,but also remember throwing it out.thank you so much.iam glad i came across this sight.

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  17. Can you tell me lentils are good for us? & how to cook them? thank you.

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  18. If you want to start out a plan, I think that you should not consider when to start, if you want to be healthy, you should start right away. That's the problem with most.

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