Variety is the Spice of Life

Under the Monkey Bars

Under the Monkey Bars

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Variety is the Spice of Life.”  It’s one of my favorites.  If I was the type of person to hang a sign in my kitchen, that would be it.  But I’m not that type of person.

For me, this saying translates to eat a varied diet.  Varying your diet will give your body all of the different vitamins and minerals to use for energy, growth, and stability.  Hear me out.

Eat as many different kinds of fruits and vegetables as you can.  Eat them raw, roasted, sautéed, cooked, blended, and juiced.  Not canned.  Don’t eat them out of a can.  Eat TONS of veggies.  I eat about eight servings of vegetables a day so that I don’t need to take a multivitamin.

Under the Monkey Bars

Eat lots of different grains and starches.  I’ll give you another saying to remember, “Everything in Moderation.”  If you must eat wheat, cut down the amount you’re eating drastically.  Wheat is not processed correctly in the States and therefore, it’s not good for anyone…but that’s another post for another day.

I’m going to go with moderation on dairy.  My chiropractor recently mentioned that dairy should be eaten as a condiment.  Interesting point.  The food pyramid is all kinds of messed up.  Don’t follow it.

If you eat meat, you might as well eat all kinds.  Seriously, if you’re going to eat a chicken, then why not a cow or a pig?  I grew up eating only chicken and pork, hockey puck pork actually.  Yum.  You can imagine my face the first time I ate a steak at The Capital Grille.  Don’t get me started on duck.  Definitely add fish in there too.  Mix it up every day, and every week.

Change up your fats too.  Cook with EVOO, coconut oil, butter, and ghee.  If you are not allergic, buy every kind of nut under the sun.  Except peanuts.  Those guys make me all kinds of nervous, and they are not nearly as good for you as almonds!

Here’s the thing: I don’t care if you don’t like a certain food.  You have to try it at least ten times before you can even say you don’t like it.  I’m serious.  If you change your diet and eat a wide variety of foods, your palette will change too.  Promise.  And be a good example.  You can’t expect the monkeys to eat it if you won’t!

Vary what you eat each day.  Yes, oatmeal is a great choice for breakfast— but not every day.  Vary each and every meal: your breakfasts, snacks, lunches and dinners.  Throw your stomach a curveball; it makes it work harder.

Variety is the Spice of Life.  Everything in Moderation.  You can expect to see more details on these topics in future posts.