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7 Simple Ways to Eat Healthy

Is it impossible to eat healthy today? In a stunning report condemning the way food is produced in the world today, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation says that even if you improve your diet, it will be impossible to truly get the benefits of healthy eating unless food production processes change.

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In other words, “Hidden killers in our broken food system make healthy eating impossible,” Huffington Post said. The MacArthur Foundation’s report cites overuse and misuse of antibiotics in fish and livestock farming, as well as overuse of fertilizers, manure and pesticides in agriculture as huge factors contributing to contaminated drinking water and the spread of chronic diseases — and the only way to stop it is to revert to organic farming practices, they said.

The report also suggests that farmers markets featuring only locally-produced, organic foods and urban farming could help make this happen. The good news is you don’t have to wait for massive farming changes to eat healthy, yourself, because organic, regenerative farming is already here.

In fact, projections he natural and organic sector may reach $107.7 billion in sales by next year. Regenerative agriculture is a return to what organic was originally all about — the protection and rebuilding of topsoil and ecological biodiversity.

Unfortunately, Big Food is acting quickly, trying to cash in on the burgeoning trend. But, again, there is good news in that YOU have the power to speak with your pocketbooks by refusing to buy anything but organic, locally grown products. And, like the world food report suggests, you can even use regenerative farming to grow your own food in your own garden or even on a shelf in a window.

Even better news is that, with the knowledge of how to choose which foods to eat, you have the power in your hands, right now, to make good choices and — YES! — eat healthy. You can do this by:

1. Boycotting GMOs, including every nonorganic packaged food product that displays a QR code. Buy organic, or look for the "Non-GMO Project" seal on food products. Keep in mind, however, that many "Non-GMO Project" labeled foods (unless they are also labeled organic) are produced using pesticides and chemical fertilizers. 

2. Boycotting factory-farmed meat, dairy and poultry (i.e., anything that isn't labeled or marketed as organic or 100 percent grass fed or pastured). Factory-farmed meat, dairy, poultry and fish are the No. 1 cause of water pollution, soil degradation, food system greenhouse gas emissions and human diet-related diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity.

3. Shopping only at farmers markets or local stores featuring organic foods.

4. Making a beeline to the organic foods sections in your local supermarket.

5. Refusing to purchase or eat any processed foods. To protect your health, spend at least 90 percent of your food budget on whole foods.

6. Embracing a diet that focuses on low carbs, high-quality fats and moderate proteins. This means ditching sugar and eating healthy foods such as avocados, organic raw nuts and seeds, mushrooms, wild-caught salmon, dark green and cruciferous vegetables and onions, to name a few.

7. Combining your healthy diet with intermittent fasting. Preferably, you should fast in a way that you’re eating only in a six- to eight-hour window during a 24-hour day.

The most important thing to remember is that, despite what you think, or in spite of all the advertising you see for processed, junk foods, it is possible to eat healthy. The only caveat is learning which foods to eat, and to vow to cook more at home. And, the best news of all is if you do this you may find that whole, organic, unprocessed even tastes best!

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