I am very happy to introduce you to a dear friend and fellow blogger. Say hello to Lizzy! Lizzy has agreed to do my blog today and she is going to discuss better health through better eating. Thank you Lizzy and thanks to all of you who read this. You can find her on HubPages here and on her own blog here.
You already know that living a simple lifestyle can help save money and promote a more fulfilling life, but did you know that living simply can also improve your health? For example, you can use the principles of simple living in your kitchen to help create healthy meals for your family.
In the past–before we had hectic schedules bulging with appointments to keep and events to attend–families would sit down to dinners prepared with whole foods: meats and vegetables cooked in natural fats (like butter, lard, or tallow).
As time progressed and the microwave became our god, we started using convenience foods that could be “nuked” in minutes. This way, we could scarf down some food on the way to the gym, the soccer game, or the television.
Now, there’s no longer any need to prepare meals for the entire family; just pick out your favorite frozen dinner or fast food special and be on your way.
This is a tragedy in more ways than one. Along with a lost connection to our families, we’ve also lost our connection with food. We don’t have the time to put a chicken in the oven or simmer a vegetable dish on the stove. And we no longer trust nature to provide us with the nutrients we need.
Instead we trust food manufacturers tell us what is healthy: Not an egg, but an egg-like product. Not natural fats, but industrialized vegetable oils. Not meat, but meat-like substitutes.
As a result, we suffer from aches and pains that seem to have no cause. We’re depressed and can’t find a cure. We’re overweight and can’t lose those extra pounds no matter how hard we try.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can go back to simpler times in the kitchen. We can turn a deaf ear to corporate factoids and choose nature’s wisdom instead.
Choose whole foods found in the outer edges of your supermarket. Visit your local farmer’s market or produce stands for great deals on fresh foods. Find simple recipes for your family to enjoy (hint: you probably won’t find them on the Food Network). Experience the health benefits of simple living by bringing the basics back to the kitchen!