January 2018 ttimes web magazine

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Eat Clean Many of us have tried a fad diet in the past. I’m not saying that they don’t work ~ most of them do, but just for a while. Some of us have done it so often that we resign ourselves to living with the extra pounds. However, the older we get, the more dangerous those extra pounds are for us. They put every aspect of our health at risk. I am not suggesting that you try another Atkins, Paleo, or any other type of diet. What I am suggesting is a sane nutrition plan that will help your body function at peak efficiency. It is called “clean eating.” It means opting for whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and good fats ~ and less salt, sugar and trans fats. Once you start eating this way, you can actually retrain your taste buds. Getting back to the basics means eating foods in their natural state: unsalted nuts, grass-fed and freerange meats, whole fruits and vegetables. Much of what we eat today is chemically altered. The malto-

dextrin and the high-fructose corn syrups are produced in factories. Try and set a goal of eating two more servings of real food each day, and you will be on your way to better health. Eat outside the box, as most food in the box is processed. This means things have been added that your body doesn’t need. Any food that has been processed is less than ideal. Just remember that food in its original form is better for you. For instance, an orange is better than orange juice. Check the labels! The foods with the fewest ingredients are healthiest for you. Also, if you can’t pro-