Kitchen, Cooking and Eating Tips

 

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~ Many of these are adopted from the Weston A. Price Foundation ~

  1. Eat whole, natural foods.
  2. Learn how to make your own lard and tallow
  3. Eat whole, naturally-produced milk products from pasture-fed cows, preferably raw and/or fermented, such as whole yogurt, cultured butter, whole cheeses and fresh and sour cream.
  4. Chew your foods into liquid
  5. Choose your fats and oils wisely –  include butter and other animal fats, extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil.
  6. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic.
  7. If your foods can’t spoil, then you shouldn’t eat them.
  8. Use whole grains and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting or sour leavening to neutralize phytic acid and other anti-nutrients.
  9. Eat naturally-raised, antibiotic-free and organic meat, including fish, seafood, poultry, beef, lamb, game, organ meats and eggs.
  10. Prepare homemade meat stocks from the bones of chicken, beef, lamb or fish and use liberally in soups and sauces.
  11. Use filtered water for cooking and drinking.
  12. Make your own salad dressing using raw vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and expeller expressed flax oil (small amounts – 1/2 tsp per day).
  13. Use natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, dehydrated cane sugar juice and stevia powder.
  14. Use unrefined Celtic sea salt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest and appetite stimulation.
  15. Include enzyme-enhanced lacto-fermented vegetables, fruits, beverages and condiments in your diet on a regular basis.
  16. Use only unpasteurized wine or beer in strict moderation with meals.
  17. Cook only in stainless steel, cast iron, glass or good quality enamel.
  18. If you are eating mostly cooked foods in a meal, then a lacto-fermented condiment is a must.
  19. When cooking a meal, always think ahead 1-3 meals to see if anything needs to be soaked, marinated or slow cooked.
  20. Understand how to maximize your enzyme intake.
  21. Make sure to clean your cutting boards well and use wood for meats and bacteria containing items.
  22. Do not overcook your foods. Understand that olive oil is not good at high heats and that garlic should not be cooked as high or as long as onions,. Learn the many techniques for preserving enzymes and nutrients.
  23. Start your day (breakfast) off with fresh foods, not boxed, processed or canned.
  24. Always skim foam off top of stocks, soups, legumes and stews – this is where many impurities rise to the top. Add your spices after skimming the foam off.
  25. Aim for a diet that is 50% raw or enzyme-enhanced. Raw foods include fruits, vegetables, meats, fats and milk products.
  26. Know how to peel, cut coarse and dice
  27. Freeze and preserve fresh herbs
  28. How to stir fry
  29. Learn the best way to make mashed potatoes
  30. Know how to choose and cook lamb
  31. Use a thermos for hot lunches…or this one
  32. Don’t drink more than 4 ounces with your meal, 15 minutes before or 45 minutes after.
  33. Use a toaster oven instead of a microwave.
  34. Eat in peace with gratitude – do not eat stressed or in a rush.
  35. Make sure your oils are not old and rancid.

50 Random Health Tips to Drastically Improve your Life Right Now

As fun and simple as these sound, they truly are a recipe for wellness. So please do yourself a favor and go through this list, pick out your weaknesses, and then strengthen them, one at a time. No rush, seriously. Life is a journey, enjoy it and keep on improving yourself.

1.  Eat breakfast.

2.  Drink enough water.

3.  Eat your veggies.

4.  Eat your fruits.

5.  Eat antioxidants.

6.  Eat alkaline foods.

7.  Don’t’ eat burnt foods. Cook veggies so they are crispy and meat so it is moist.

8.  Eat organic foods, especially animal based.

9.  Stretch, your mind that is. Be open and listen to others before expressing your already-made-up mind.

10.  Exercise or move 30 minutes daily at 60-85% your max heart rate. Knowing how to calculate your target heart rate is a must for this.

11.  Neurobics for your mind. Do things differently to keep your mind challenged and evolving. Do daily things with your off-hand. Park in different places.

12.  Meditate/Ground yourself daily with focused breathing and movements. 5-10 minutes is a great start.

13.  Serve others unconditionally on a daily basis. Trust me, it comes right back at you in amazing ways. Not that that should be motivation to do it though!

14.  If you speak it, mean it and make it happen, especially the small things like being on time when you say you will. Everything that comes out of your mouth should be a promise.

15.  Eat anti-inflammatory foods.

16.  Eat regular meals throughout the day.

17.  Drink filtered water.

18.  Eat foods that are natural, not processed.

19.  Learn how to stretch properly to decrease your tension and relieve stress.

20.  If your health permits, do higher intensity workouts with circuit training occasionally to help boost your metabolism.

21.  Mix up your cardio with interval training.

22.  Quit smoking. It is linked to just about every human disease.

23.  Use a neti pot with distilled water before and during allergy seasons.

24.  Kick the drug habit and use natural essential oils. They easily replace aspirin, cold medicine, allergy medication, and more.

25.  Boost your immunity with laughing. Surround yourself with people orwatch movies/events that make you laugh.

26.  Sleep at least 7 hours every night, starting at 10-11pm.

27.  Do a dynamic exercise routine daily to keep the body strong and flexible.

28.  Wash your hands frequently. Use a natural hand sanitizer.

29.  Do not judge others, accept them as a lesson to improve yourself in that area.

30.  Be kind, or don’t be at all. Act as a ripple in a lake. We are all in the same lake.

31.  Follow the 80/20 rules.

32.  Follow the Rules of Eating list.

33.  Don’t drink more than 4 ounces of liquid with your meal, 15 minutes before, or within 60 minutes after.

34.  Eat dessert as its own meal, not after a meal, i.e., combine your foods properly.

35.  Know approximately how many calories you eat per day. You may be surprised how much you are under or over-eating.

36.  Set time aside at least twice per week for preparing your lunches and snacks for the week. This should also decrease any need for fast food.

37.  Buy a juicer and make your own fruit and veggie juices. Also great for kids. No added sugar or calories, just fruit and or veggies.

38.  Limit alcohol to weekends or at most 1-2 servings per day

39.  Plan your meals ahead so chaos can’t stop you from eating well.

40.  Take yourself out of your comfort zone, daily. Growth equals discomfort, why do you think they call it growing pains? You must push past the hesitations that are created from fear of the unknown. Ready, fire, then aim. Otherwise you could be waiting to fire for the rest of your life!

41.  Know what a serving size is when you eat from pre-packaged foods, then teach your kids.

42.  Use fresh, natural smoothies as meal replacements sometimes and take time to learn about cleansing your body.

43.  Throw away any spices or oils that are over a year old in your cupboard. At best they are useless. At worst they are rancid and unhealthy.

44.  Do not regret anything. Forgive, and accept life as it is. Any illusion of control we have over what happens is just that, an illusion. Trust life, it will take care of you. Life happens FOR you, not TO you. You can make the sourest of things taste sweet if you add enough sugar.

45.  Don’t overeat just because you exercise.

46.  Spread smiles to as many people as possible, starting NOW =)

47.  If you don’t know your purpose or have an intense passion for something, find one!

48.  Make sure to get at least one hug per day. Yes, animals definitely count.

49.  Eat your protein, especially if you don’t like meat or you exercise a lot. Protein is what REBUILDS us.

50.  Have cheat days or meals and enjoy them. Not only does guilt SUCK, it is also very unhealthy and HEAVY to carry around.