This post is sponsored by Sub-Zero
Kath Eats Real Food. That’s the name of this blog and summarizes my food philosophy in a nutshell. When I set out to lose weight back in 2005, I did what many college-aged girls did at the time: I read the tips in women’s magazines and started counting calories, using artificial sweeteners and looking for fat-free this and that. Basically, I did everything wrong. I focused on quantity over quality. While I did lose weight, as one naturally does when portion size and calories are cut, I can’t say I was living my healthiest life. My skin didn’t glow, and I didn’t feel great.
As I learned more about nutrition, I realized that healthy eating isn’t about what you don’t eat but rather what you do. I learned that if I filled up on wholesome real, fresh foods, I wouldn’t crave the not-so-healthy stuff. Gradually I stopped counting calories, I started packing more real food into my diet, and I shifted my focus to quality over quantity.
Ironically, these days I spend very little time thinking about what I’m eating. Choosing fruit at breakfast, salads for lunch and real food throughout my day is second nature. I’ve found a way of eating that keeps me nourished and satisfied and rarely hungry. I might not be at my all-time lowest weight, but I’ve never been happier with my body, which is strong and fit. I love green smoothies and ice cream equally and often have a glass of wine alongside a kale salad for dinner. I’ve struck a great balance of eating nutritious food and enjoying all the tasty pleasures of life.
The reason I am sharing this with you now is because I have partnered with Sub-Zero for the launch of its Fresh Food Matters initiative, featuring the many matters of fresh food and different perspectives about how it can affect your life, environment, community and more. Healthy eating can feel so complicated due to the food industry’s claims and an extensive “healthy” product selection, yet the answer to “what should I eat?” is really very simple: eat more fresh food. Sub-Zero created 13 short films to show all of the interesting ways fresh food impacts our lives to encourage people to eat more fresh food. The stories range from an urban farmer, a beekeeper, Daphne Oz of ABC’s The Chew and other experts. You can watch them all at freshfoodmatters.com. One video that really spoke to me was Lisa Leake’s The Appeal Of Real. I love her blog! Check out her amazing video expanding on the message:
Some of the pillars of healthy eating that I think are important include:
-Eating a diverse variety of foods and a rainbow of colors
-Keeping ingredient lists as simple as possible
-Including fresh fruit or vegetables in every meal
-Having a big salad every day
-Shopping local and/or growing your own food
-Choosing local, organic, sustainable and/or humane whenever possible
-Slowing down to enjoy meals in the company others as you can
-Drinking plenty of water (and a little good wine : ) )
-Listening to your body and focusing on how you feel
How do you eat more fresh food? Nothing is more motivating than a well-stocked refrigerator. If you have a lot of healthy options available you won’t need to rely on fast food or take-out when hunger strikes. Also, a little planning goes a long way. A loose meal plan and a little bit of food prep on the weekend will help you make good choices on your busy weeknights. And planting a garden is as locally grown as you can get. This is my first year gardening alone, and I will be back to tell you if the seeds I planted last week actually grow!
Thanks to Sub-Zero for sponsoring this post! For every use of the hashtag #FreshFoodMatters through the end of July, Sub-Zero will donate $5 to Katie’s Krops to fund up to 25 more youth-run gardens.