Healthy Eating, Healthy Spring

Island Epicure


Spring officially began March 20,  promising warmer weather, fine for sailing, rowing, golfing, picniking. We all want to stay healthy, or get healthier so we can play and bask in the sun. Next to getting enough sleep comes eating nutrient-rich meals with the right amount of calories in them. We need foods yielding plenty of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, B vitamins, folate, calcium, magnesium.  And of course foods that taste good and satisfy hunger.

If you’re trying to slim down, choose foods  with lots of moisture in then, like soups, watermelon, cantaloupes, tomatoes, mangoes.  Choose lamb, lean beef, bison, and lean fish like sole and cod You need to cut down on high carbohydrate foods like breads, potatoes, white rice, and desserts. Try to cut cane sugar out of your life. If you must have some sweetening, try a wee bit of stevia, or use coconut sugar on your cereal,  a bit of honey in your tea or coffee.  Take a walk every day–walk to the nearest bus stop instead of driving to work for instance.

Be sure you eat breakfast whether you are  trying to lose or gain weight. To lose weight, breakfast on a smoothy, or a fruit and an egg or two. Remember that whole eggs contain enough methionine to counteract their cholesterol.  Omit high-carb foods.

Do you need to gain some weight so your spring and summer clothes will fit better? Get more sleep. Exercise, but not to excess. Try Tai Chi or Qi Gong. Take a 10-minute walk on your break if you’re mostly sitting at your work.

Whether you carry too much weight, or just can’t get over being too skinny, do get your thyroid hormones tested. Don’t settle for a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test; insist on tests that show whether you have enough liothyronine  and of thyroxine. Hypothyroid (low on those hormones)  people put on weight despite a low carb, low calorie diet. High-fiber foods help you lose weight. Choose iodized salt and seafoods for iodine. Hyperthyroid people may be compulsively overactive and skinny.

Suppose your weight is just right, but you do want to become healthier. These are the eleven most nutritious fruits and vegetables   See how many of these you can work into your daily menus: Broccoli, kale, carrots, bell peppers, pumpkin, mangoes, red bell peppers, spinnach, strawberries, and sweet potatoes, yams.

In France you might find omelets on the menu for any meal of the day.  They vary immensely depending on what’s added to the eggs.

Basic Omelet
2 servings
4 eggs
¼ cup water
Salt and pepper
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
Or olive oil

Combine first three ingredients and beat well. Heat wide skillet. Add coconut oil. Have ready your choice of additions. Choose one or two: ( If trying to lose weight, choose the vegetables; to gain choose cheese or ham.)  Grated cheese, diced ham spinach leaves, sliced green onions sliced, diced tomato.