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Fresh Idea on Eating Right / Laurel on Health Food

Posted Jan 14 2011 2:55am

Laurel on Health Food    is a blog about nutrition, healthy eating, and health food. It summarizes articles in the news, lists healthy recipes, offers tips and personal feedback on healthy eating, and reports on nutritional research.

Happy Friday everyone! The weather is gorgeous in New York today with clear sunny skies and a high of 79. I have my home office windows open, but I’m hoping I can finish up work early so I can go for a stroll outside. It is soooo nice out there.

I was looking at my Twitter feed when I woke up this morning, and I saw a typical “eat healthy” tweet. Something about eating more antioxidants and living longer. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about eating antioxidants and giving myself the best chance at a long, healthy, disease-free life. I’ve written about it tons of times. But, how about a fresh perspective?

These days everyone is concerned with quick results and what they can get right here, right now. So I think the argument that you should eat fruits and vegetables so you can live longer is only mildly effective if you’re trying to convince people—especially young people—to eat healthy now. To me, a better argument is that you should eat healthy now so you can feel better TODAY and tomorrow and next week.

Eating fresh, living, whole foods makes you feel better immediately. You have more energy, feel lighter, think faster, get less cravings, and fight off colds/flu in half the time. This reasoning makes so much more sense to me. Sure, I look forward to a bright, healthy future…but my eating habits are primarily something I do for me, for right now. It’s easier to stay on track and my goals are short-term and reasonable. Know what I mean?

Just a few thoughts. I wish everyone a safe and a happy weekend!

Much love,

Laurel on Health Food

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