Wild Salmon & Black Cod

(no recipe here, just put in the oven!)

The single most important thing you can do for your health starting today is to eat more whole foods! In today’s fast-paced life, it is more and more challenging for families to juggle and balance out the myriad of activities, and at the same time avoid processed foods that might offer convenience, but bring with them a host of other problems. 

Quick and portable foods are now the norm in modern society. Whether it’s a toaster pastry, a tube of yogurt, a can of cola, or an individually-wrapped slice of cheese – chances are that the product is heavily processed and contains various additives and chemicals to preserve its shelf life.

Did you know that these convenient foods – which commonly come with unpronounceable ingredients – may come at a dangerous price? Various food additives and chemicals have shown side effects, which range from nausea and headaches to more serious conditions such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis.

Try to buy mostly whole foods and avoid highly processed ingredients such as refined sugar, white flour, and canola oil. Here is a list of some of the most pervasive and detrimental additives and substances commonly found in processed foods. Be sure to get in the habit of reading ingredient labels carefully before buying and avoid anything that contains these ingredients:

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Artificial colors and flavors
Artificial sweeteners
High-fructose corn syrup
Partially hydrogenated oil
Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO) 

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Sodium Nitrate and Nitrite
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT)
Olestra or Olean (synthetic fat)
GMO (genetically modified organisms)

And any other ingredient that doesn't grow in nature or would require a chemistry degree for you to know what it means!

What foods that you usually buy contain some of the above ingredients? What other foods could you buy instead? Buying organic foods is a first step in avoiding unwanted ingredients. Also, try to visit your local Farmers Market for most of your shopping to ensure that you are eating real foods.

Cooking feeds your body, mind, and soul. It allows you to control the food you put into your body, connect with your family and friends over a home cooked meal, and save the money you might otherwise spend in restaurants or on processed, prepackaged foods. Believe it or not, making simple and satisfying meals from scratch doesn’t have to be hard. Here are some of my favorite easy, healthy recipes. You’ll find that eating well can also be delicious!