What Is Healthy Food?
I am not going to write the epic article that will define in absolute terms what healthy food is. But I have personally experienced that living in the Countryside has brought with it for me the sense of heating healthy food.
For one, the closest McDonalds is a thirty-minute drive away. So ever since I moved here I have cut down on my junk food intake already. And, boy, does a Big Mac taste nice every once in a while when I eat one.
In the old days (I’m talking 100 years ago and more), healthy food was eating a big plate of food filled with calories to the brim. Why was that? Well, typically in the country, most people were active and busy outside of their homes. Sure we had cars, but not that many. I guess we walked more and did not have that much access to food. Not even in the bigger Cities.
Our current lifestyle is a lot different. We’re not as active anymore. We have more desk jobs. We eat differently. The last point, eating differently, is the main thing that has left a lot of us eating unhealthy. We either eat unhealthy in terms of portions (we eat too much too often), or in what we eat (more on that later).
As I said before, when I moved out here in the country I have drastically changed my eating habits. I’ve cut down on carbs predominantly. Cutting down on carbs is nothing new. I just never got around doing it. I hardly eat the following foods:
- Potatoes (only Sweet potatoes)
- Sugary Drinks
And I don’t miss any of them. Really I don’t.
Enough Food is Enough Food
Cutting down on carbs has increased my energy level by 100%. All these carbs just made me tired, and wanting to eat more carbs. Instead, when eating meat or fish, I allow myself to eat more of the meat or fish to compensate for not eating the rice or potatoes.
At the time when I was still eating the carbohydrates, I would be hungry after a couple of hours. So I would rage the fridge in order to satisfy my appetite.
Now a day I eat three bigger meals a day and in addition I allow myself a snack in between. My snacks are usually just a simple slice of cheese. I have finally realized that enough food is enough food. And stuffing myself with chips and other kind of comfort foods did not bring my anyting.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, I managed to lose 23 pounds, just by cutting out carbs. Also, my doctor told me that my cholesterol levels are much better than before. Overall he considered me being a healthy middle-aged man.
** disclaimer: always consult your own doctor before starting any diet **
Simple and Slow Food
The best food in the Countryside is the so-called slow food. Or slow cooking. You might think that this takes more effort. That is not true. It takes more time to cook slowly. But the effort is actually very minimal. The cooking of the food does not need you to be there. Below are a couple of mouth-watering recipes to get you inspired!
- Slow Cooked Barbecue Ribs
- Pork Roast with Sauerkraut and Kielbasa
- Slow Cooked Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Slow Cooked Lemon Garlic Chicken
- Slow Cooked Corned Beef and Cabbage
- Slow Cooked Cranberry Roast
- Slow Cooked Spicy Black Bean Soup
- Slow Cooked Green Beans with Ham and Sweet Potatoes