18 – Food and Eating From A to Z

Slice-Your-Age-PodcastJanuary 30, 2014 – Episode 18 – In this episode, Dr. Dave teaches you everything you need to know about food. You will find out which are the best stores in which to shop for your food, some tips on some of Dave’s favorite foods as well as where they are found in the stores! Then we will get to your pantry, fridge and freezer as Dr. Dave gives you his strategy to get rid of all the junk and start over with a clean slate! He will share his feelings on “cheating” and bonuses as well as what to do with your kids to make sure that they will begin to eat healthier! Also, what you can do in a restaurant to stick to your program! This is a very important not-to-be-missed episode if you are truly on the road to “Slicing Your Age!”

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT
You are what you eat! If you are eating junk, your life and body and skin will be junk. Only put good healthy things into your body and it will change your life!

SHOPPING
Shopping at a healthier grocery store makes it easier to make healthier choices. You can go to your ROS = Regular Old Stores, but they are filled with so much junk that it can make healthy shopping harder than it needs to be. If you have to go to one of these stores, stick to the outside perimeter of the store where you will find fresh food. Avoid the inner aisle with processed foods.

I suggest even changing where you shop to start fresh. Go to a store that is healthy based throughout the whole store. Some good ones I know of include:
~ Wegmans http://www.wegmans.com
~ Whole Foods http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com
~ Trader Joe’s http://www.traderjoes.com

PANTRY, FRIDGE, FREEZER
Go into your kitchen one Saturday or Sunday afternoon and empty it all out! Empty the shelves and cupboards. You are going to see crazy stuff in there you have forgotten about! Clean out the clutter! First get rid of any old food older than 3 months old. Get a friend to do it with you. Do one kitchen one day together, then do the other one the next day. Put back only the fresh healthy items that have high nutritional value. If it has sugar, chemicals, and ingredients you cannot pronounce, then ditch it! I know it will cost money throwing this out, but your health is so much more important. Please value yourself, your body, your health.

PANTRY STAPLES
Olive oil, butter, quinoa, fresh fruit, fresh veggies, frozen fruit, frozen veggies, canned beans. Meats are best to be gotten from a local farm you know and you know have been treated well. If you are not able to get meat from a local farm, go to a farmer’s market or your local Whole Foods type of store.

COOKING
Commit to cooking only with Olive Oil or Butter. Do not use other oils or fake butters. If it is not in your house, you will not use it! Butter is natural and good!

PLATES
Ditch those big dinner plates! Dr. Dave got rid of his big over-sized dinner plates years ago! Just use your medium and small sized plates. This is a great lifestyle change that will make a huge difference.

TAKING SECONDS
Don’t overstuff yourself and automatically take seconds. When you feel 80% full, stop eating! It takes a bit for your brain to get the message you are full. How about you make a new rule in your house today and only take seconds of vegetables if you are still hungry!

EATING OUT
Eating at home is no question healthier, but the reality of life is that we work and travel and many of us have to eat out or even chose to eat out. Take a look at the menu and make healthy choices. Do not be afraid to ask the chef to take out or add ingredients or items on the side. This is your meal for which you are paying. My biggest eating out tip is to get a take out box as soon as your meal is served. Put half in the takeout box FIRST, at the beginning of the meal to avoid overeating.

SNACKING
Snacking is great! Often we are in between our major meals and need something to tide us over. It is better to snack on something healthy instead of skipping or starving yourself. Great salty options are nuts; put some in Ziploc baggies in your purse, briefcase, or car. Fresh fruit is fantastic for a sweet snack. Also, Greek yogurt is amazing for high protein, plus you can add in fresh or frozen fruit.

BAKING
One of our listeners, Melissa, shared her baking tip. She keeps no junk food in her house. If her kids want to make cookies, they go out and get the best freshest ingredients. They bake them together and put some aside for some school lunches. They always package up at least 50% of what they bake and share the love with people they know. They are doing an activity together, they control the ingredients, they know there are no preservatives in their baked goods, they keep a small amount, and give away the rest. Don’t keep those cookies in the cookie jar; give it away!

BEVERAGES
Water is the best drink on the planet. Dr. Dave is a huge fan of tea and drinks it throughout the day and always during his show. Coffee is not good for you and has so much caffeine. If you have to have an occasional coffee; stick to decaf. Dr. Dave gets asked a lot about alcohol and feels it is just not good for you with all the sugars and whatnot. Really limit your intake to 2-3 drinks a week or less or not at all.

ICE CREAM
Dr. Dave gets lots of questions about ice cream. If you have to have ice cream, consume only locally made ice cream like Guernsey’s Dairy in Northville Michigan. Local cows, real products, five or less ingredients, no artificial hormones, no fake products in their ice cream. Search for something similar or consider make your own! More information on this dairy: http://guernseyfarmsdairy.com/

CHIPS
There are blue organic chips, there are vegetable chips, and you can even make your own chips! I enjoy are Crisp Root chips made from Cassava Root and are gluten-free: http://www.crisproot.com. I also have enjoyed Brad’s Raw Chips for years; they have many different kinds of chips like Kale and Veggie http://www.bradsrawchips.com.

CHOCOLATE
“I am not a huge fan of chocolate personally,” says Dr. Dave. Wean yourself off that milk chocolate and move into the organic dark chocolates. Work your way up to the 70 percentiles like 70%, 72%, and 75%.

NUTS
Almonds, Macadamia, Cashews… oh my! Dr. Dave loves nuts and enjoys the ones he gets from Walgreen’s by a company called Delish.

ALMOND BUTTER
Justin’s Almond Butter is the best that Dr. Dave has run across. They even have these single serving foil packets that are fantastic for travel. More info about Justin’s Butters: http://www.justins.com.

ENERGY BAR FOR ATHLETES
Dr. Dave has tried everything out there in the past 15 years. His all time favorite energy bars are the Bonk Breaker Bars. In particular, he really enjoys their high protein almond cherry chunk bars. Bonk Breaker Bars are gluten-free and dairy-free: http://www.bonkbreaker.com.

DR. DAVE’S TEA OF THE DAY – SPOT ORGANIC WHITE TEA
Today Dr. Dave is drinking Spot Organic White Tea. Organic Teas are grown without enhancers, pesticides, or chemicals. Spot Tea originates from organic tea farmland, located in the beautiful Zhejiang Province, Southeastern China. Here is more information on this fantastic tea: http://www.spotorganic.com

KIDS
It is your job to provide food with the highest nutritional value and to teach them how to eat and cook. Now, if you are moving towards healthier eating your kids may kick and scream at first and even refuse. They will get used to it when there are NO OTHER options. Your job is to provide the best food possible, it is their job to choose to eat it or not. They will adapt and change and be better for it.

CHEATING
We hear this term over and over, “I am just gonna cheat a little.” Your friends can pressure you to cheat while you are out and that you deserve a reward. You need to think and even possibly respond to them, “Guess what? I would only be cheating myself. My health is a priority to me and I don’t want to put garbage in or set back my healthy journey and plan.” This is your body, your life, your choice. Decide today to do what is best for you and your body!

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