Know What Food To Eat To Be Healthy With This Simple And Fun System

Jun 17 2017 - 9:37pm
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With all the conflicting information about what to eat and not eat, are you overwhelmed with trying to figure out what is actually healthy? How do we really know where to start? Use these simple guidelines and this creative tool used by Dr. William Sears, the renounced pediatrician, to make it easier, more fun and doable to make simple changes with our busy lives toward eating healthy food. Here is a fun way to know what food to eat.

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With all the conflicting information about what to eat and not eat, are you overwhelmed with trying to figure out what is actually healthy? How do we really know where to start? Use these simple guidelines and this creative tool used by Dr. William Sears, the renounced pediatrician, to make it easier, more fun and doable to make simple changes with our busy lives toward eating healthy food. Here is a fun way to know what food to eat.

Dr. Sears Wellness Institute utilizes what they call ‘Traffic Light Eating’. Just like a traffic light, the colors tell you what to do. Green means go, yellow, slow down and red, stop. Its that simple. Food can fit into either of these 3 categories. Why complicate it. Simple real food diets are science and research-based, historically and metabolically accurate to what our bodies are accustomed to eating, and practical.

Let’s keep it very simple. That’s what is needed to get started on with healthy eating and that’s really all that’s needed. Individuals will have foods they can and can’t eat due to allergies, intolerances, religious or moral practices, or otherwise. However, the basics are the same. The categories to be thought of as a spectrum more than buckets. A single type of food, example an apple, could be in any category depending on how much it is processed and what other things are added to it. For beginning purposes, let’s keep it high level to understand the basics.

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Traffic Light Eating Made Simple

Green Light Foods

  • This can also be called go foods, grow foods, everyday foods, fuel-my-body foods.
  • These foods can generally be eaten everyday in good portions. We are usually never getting enough, so the concern of over consumption is rarely a factor.
  • Food examples: Vegetables and fruits in their natural form.
  • These are usually found in the front of the grocery stores and in the frozen foods section.
  • These are best when organic, local or homegrown and as close to their natural form as possible.

Yellow Light Foods

  • This can also be called slow down foods, good for me food.
  • These foods can generally be enjoy daily in moderation. They can usually be enjoyed daily or weekly, depending on your health or situation. This category generally has more question marks attached to it. Take it with a grain of salt, understanding your needs, preferences and current eating habits will either enlarge or contract this category.
  • Food examples: Whole grains, beans, clean meats including some chicken, fish, eggs, and cheese.
  • These are generally found farther down the side or back of the grocery store and sometimes in the frozen foods section. These are best organic and low processed forms whenever possible.

Red Light Food

  • This can also be called stop and think foods, occasional foods, special occasion foods, find replacement foods.
  • These food give you a signal to literally ‘stop and think’. This is when you consider if this is what you want to have right now or if you can find a yellow or green light alternative. Depending on what your current diet is like, you may start by simply reducing the amount of red light foods you eat and finding yellow and green alternatives that also satisfy you.
  • Food examples: Processed, packaged and fried foods using any of these or similar ingredients to avoid, sweets and ‘treats’.
  • These are mostly found throughout the grocery store aisles and around the check out area.

Its that simple to start understanding what is healthy to eat. Put in other terms, eat real food and more of it.Now, consider what categories you find yourself eating most of the time. Pick one food item that you eat a lot of in the red or yellow category and find a yellow or green, respectively, food alternative for it. Try it out. See how it feels to replace it for a week or so. In this same manner, step by step, one simple change at a time, you will find yourself eating more and more of the green and less and less and of the red foods. That’s my experience and it has made it so much more manageable for me to know what food to eat to stay healthy.

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