I'm really trying to pay attention to what goes into my body these days. I don't particularly believe in removing things I enjoy from my diet, but rather trying to fill up on the things I know are good for me. Once you add in all the extra good-for-you foods, there isn't a lot of room left for empty sugars. I try to cook for myself as much as I can to avoid additives, sugars, sodium, and preservatives, but it's easy for me to just want cheese all the time and to forget about the many nutrients my body needs. Some foods I have been focusing on adding to my day-to-day diet include:
Nuts and seeds. So easy to incorporate in and they are so filling, full of good fats and fibre - yum. I like to add peanuts or cashews to sauteed greens; walnuts are great with breakfast and pastas (and in chili - super nut!); lightly ground flax is an easy addition to baking; sunflower and pumpkin seeds are my go-to for salads; pistachios are nice in curries, the list goes on.
Oats! I've been reading lots lately about whole grains. I know some people prefer to leave certain grains out of their diet entirely, but personally I am focusing on making my diet entirely whole grains and sprouted grains. I still haven't started eating oatmeal in the morning, but I hope to start next week. Right now I make quick oat bread, granola bars, oat muffins, and oat cookies. I always crave a cookie or something sweet in the afternoon, especially if I try to deprive myself of it, but if I bring a small homemade cookie with my lunch, the problem is solved — I save money that way and can also control what is in the cookie.
Next up is lentils. I really need to work on eating more beans and lentils. I probably eat them about once a week, at best, right now, but it would be nice to get that to 2 or 3 servings a week.
Pure and natural protein sources (at least in my opinion). I love eggs and I make them when I have time, but making them a regular weekly routine would be the ideal. They are such a delicious and easy and cheap source of nutrients, it just makes perfect sense.
I'm adding to my diet as I go... do you have anything you have started doing that has made you feel great? Or maybe something you want to try?