Eat BETTER Tip #3: Mix it UP and Live BETTER Tip #4: Reduce Sodium

Mix it UP!

Try new foods!  The average person only eats 11 – 13 different foods.  Think about what you ate yesterday – and then what you ate last week.  See any trends?  Each food offers a different vitamin, minerals and nutrient.  Mix it up and try something new.  Add a power food to your diet: quinoa, bulgur, spinach, brussel sprouts, avocado, sweet potato, almonds, chickpeas, black beans, lentils and trout – just to name a few.  These foods offer LOADS lots of nutrients.

Do your body a favor – reduce sodium!

The average Canadian consumes 3000- 4000mgs of sodium a day.  This is OUTRAGEOUS as we should keep our intake to around 1500mgs.

I have a heart condition therefore I take my sodium intake very seriously.  Excessive sodium intake can increase blood pressure and cause your heart to work harder.  I was shocked to see how hard it is to keep my intake to 1500mgs.  Sodium is everywhere!  Even healthy foods are laden with it including frozen fish, salad dressings, breads, cereals and some spice mixtures.

In fact 77% of the sodium we take in comes from processed foods, not from the salt shaker.  It is important to become label savvy and research before you buy!  Choose foods with less than 200mgs per serving.  In my interview with Chef Michael Smith (OptiMYz Magazine Dec 2010), we encouraged people to cook from scratch.  It isn’t as hard as it sounds. Grab a good cook book, turn on some music and have fun in the kitchen. Book one evening a week.  Make your own curry paste, salsa, ketchup, hummus and salad dressings.  Cook dinners and lunches for the week ahead. Once you cook from scratch you will never buy processed again – the taste is not comparable.  Keep your freezer stocked with homemade sauces.

Another bonus to reducing the sodium – less processed food is better for your waistline too. 🙂

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