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Healthy Eating Tip: Eat Closer to the Earth

Looking for some guidelines to follow while creating healthy eating habits? Here’s a good rule of thumb that is easy to follow: go with the least processed version of the food. For example, eat real green beans not those puffed, dried, green veggie chips. If you’re craving carbs have a baked potato (eat the skin!) instead of French fries. If you’re hankering for red meat, go with a lean cut like flank steak rather than a fast food hamburger. Or, if your desire is citrus, go with an actual orange over orange juice, but opt for orange juice over an orange flavored sports drink. It helps to shop the perimeter of your grocery store, because that is where the fresh food is located. This way you will be avoiding processed food and all their unhealthy added ingredients, especially the sodium.

One dietician explains this as eating “closer to the earth.” Although it might take a little more work to peel an orange over twisting the top off a sports drink, it is much healthier in the long run.


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Spectra Spectra 9 years
I eat almost all unprocessed foods because I'm a cheapskate, lol. It's a lot cheaper to buy whole potatoes and make my own oven fries rather than buy the frozen ones. Or buy a head of lettuce or radicchio rather than the bagged mix. Or I'll seperate eggs for egg white omelettes rather than buy those EggBeaters things. It just makes a lot more sense, nutritionally and economically.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I like eating like that. It makes me feel much better than how I would feel eating more veggie chips than veggies.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
If we did this 80 percent of the time we would avoid sooo many diseases
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Great advice. The real deal is always better than any substitute!
imLissy imLissy 9 years
But the veggie chips are yummier, lol. I buy half of my fruit/veggies fresh and the other half frozen. Lots of times we don't finish the fresh stuff and we end up throwing it away. And I like the frozen blueberries better (no sugar added) b/c they taste better, are cheaper, and don't look all icky 90% of the time :D So I think the frozen food section is OK too.
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