Common Food Mistakes We Can Make Part 1

Common Food Mistakes We Can Make Part 1

We all want to eat a healthy diet. One that helps us feel good and helps prevent chronic diseases. Yet many of us are making food mistakes that can keep us from getting the biggest nutritional bang from our food buck.

Here are some common diet/food mistakes that most of us can make:

1: Buying Fresh Produce for the Entire Week.

Once fruits and vegetables are harvested, they start losing some of their vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. So I find keeping them in the fridge all week long can mean robbing yourself of nutrition.

Instead, I try to buy fresh produce every few days and supplement it with frozen fruits and vegetables. Frozen produce is harvested at its peak and snap-frozen immediately. This then protects the nutrients from breaking down for up to a year in the freezer. Look for frozen produce with no sauces or syrups added.

2: Buying Too Much Processed Food.

Processed foods tend to have more sodium and saturated fat, and even less fibre and nutrients. Instead, start with fresh, whole foods as much as possible. When I choose convenience products, I look for those that contain fresh ingredients. Limited numbers and colours if any and those that have no trans fat. Salad dressing made with olive oil, and some broth or tomato-based pastes are great additions to meals.

3: Eating out or ordering takeaway more often than not.

Of course, cooking at home more often isn’t always easy. Here are several strategies that can help keep you from frequenting the drive-through:

  • Start with a well-stocked pantry and refrigerator. Some of my favourite ingredients to have handy for whipping up quick dinners is chicken/meat, frozen veg, tomato paste, olives, salad options and avos.
  • Get that slow cooker out of hiding and start collecting some slow cooker recipes you want to try. Invest a few minutes in the morning to assemble the ingredients, set the slow cooker on LOW, and leave for work. When you arrive home that evening, dinner is ready to be served.

Try some fun and easy dinner options like:-

  • soup or stew night
  • breakfast for dinner night
  • kids cooking night
  • salad night
  • baked potato night
  • homemade pizza night (using GF options for your base or cauliflower).

I understand it can be hard changing behaviours and that is what we can help with. If you are looking to change the way you and your family eat and see food let us here at The Chief Life help you today. Please follow the link to some of our amazing and easy to follow recipes.  Stay tuned for Part 2.

Nicole McDermott

I am passionate about working with people on a holistic level to balance hormones, improve mood, manage weight all whilst educating people on the benefits of a balanced whole foods diet. Follow more great advice from Nic here.