Food rules, quotes, call them what you will!
Over the years, I’ve heard so many myths and personal opinions about food and nutrition that these days, I’m so delighted when I hear a reasonable soundbite that provides some real food for thought! Here are five quotes that I think we can all learn a little lesson from. Cheers!
“Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
This is our main motto here at NutriBullet! I truly believe, and science shows, that certain foods can help with very specific health concerns. An upset stomach calls for ginger, cinnamon helps balance blood sugar, beets can boost athletic performance by enhancing oxygen capacity, the list goes on and on! Don't forget to browse our Healing Foods for more information on the powerful health benefits of natural, whole foods.
“Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.” – Michael Pollan
When we eat real, natural foods from as close to their source as possible, keep portions in check and choose mostly plant-based options, we’re already one step ahead of the game. Research shows that colorful foods containing vitamins, minerals and antioxidant phytochemicals help reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases. In addition, keeping food portions under control and sticking to unprocessed foods has been linked to healthy weight management.
“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato.” – Lewis Grizzard
I absolutely love the sweet crunch of a fresh carrot from the farmer’s market! It absolutely puts those bagged baby carrots to shame! If you're lucky enough to have your own garden, or if you can easily find local produce, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Food that is grown locally not only gives you more nutrients, its flavor will make your day!
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”– Virginia Woolf
If your body was a car, what would it be? A beautiful Lamborghini, or a beat up pickup truck? Treat it that way, then! When you feed your body fuel from healthy sources, it runs so much better than when you fuel it with processed foods. Those actually deplete your body of nutrients instead of supplying it with the nourishment it needs.
“Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people." – Elizabeth Berry
Eating local is the way to go. Nutrients are degraded the longer a food sits exposed to heat, light and air, so it makes sense that the faster a food can get from the farm to your mouth, the better. I’ll admit I’m spoiled; living in California is pretty nice, we have varied produce year round. However, most people rely on food to be flown in from as far as the other side of the world. When possible, choose produce grown as close to your home (fruit from a state nearby is much better than one from another country) or opt for a frozen version, which is frozen at peak of ripeness so it retains the most nutrients possible.