Eating a healthy diet is not about strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be overly complicated. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. The truth is that while some specific foods or nutrients have been shown to have a beneficial effect on mood, it’s your overall dietary pattern that is most important. The cornerstone of a healthy diet should be to replace processed food with real food whenever possible. Eating food that is as close as possible to the way nature made it can make a huge difference to the way you think, look, and feel.
A great resource we found for healthy eating ideas is a new cookbook “Sexy Nourishing Food” by Chef Amber Caudle. Unlike most high-end chefs. She believes that food nourishes us from the inside out, and she combines her drive to use food to heal the mind and body with her classical culinary training. Her distinct cooking stems from the quality and, most importantly, intention she puts into her food. Her belief in the healing powers of nutritious food has made her unique artisanal foods restaurants must-stop spaces in Southern California.
Chef Amber has had a love affair with food her entire life. At times it was innocent, full of love and care, like when her Grandma taught her to bake. At other times it’s been turbulent, as she relied on binging or restricting to give her a self of control. Now instead of following food rules she honors food choices.
Here are a few healthy eating tips from Chef Amber:
Set yourself up for success by meal prepping and planning out your foods each week. Making this part of your Sunday routine is incredibly crucial to keeping yourself nourished throughout the week. Build a purley plant based meal into your schedule, doing this at least one night a week will help you stay alkalized, balanced and add more fiber to your diet. Speaking of fiber, try adding a handful of raw spinach or kale to your smoothies to add more greens to your diet
Outside of the meal prep, be mindful! Mindful of what you’re eating, how you’re eating it and why you’re eating it. Examples, slow down when you eat, try to chew your food and become aware of each and every bite. Read your labels, educate yourself about what is in processed foods and what to steer clear of. You can start with the oil base that is in most food, omit vegetable oils like canola from your diet; these lead to inflammation and are harmful to the body.
And eating healthy does not require hours in the kitchen. This healthy Broccoli Spinach “Rice” with Avocado & Pumpkin Seeds side can be made in just 15 minutes! Check it out.
Chef Amber believes that our food nourishes us from the inside out. Our outer beauty, inner peace, and our physical, mental, and emotional health are all fueled by what we put into our bodies. She is here to show you how delicious food can be healthy and healthy food can be delicious. So come join me on this food journey… let’s have fun in the kitchen creating something that tastes amazing and nourishes the mind, body and soul! Visit her website: Chef Amber.com
Chef Amber image provided by Hailee Repko CNW Agency