EAT YOUR HEART OUT is about putting in healthy, local and sustainable food into your body so you can keep dancing to the beat of your own drum! Below you will find information about labels, tips on how to eat cleaner and even different types of lifestyle eating habits you can partake in!
EATING FOR FUEL
Did you know that most food that you find in your supermarket actually had to travel over 2000 kms to get to you ? When you think about it, if you’re buying tomatoes in Toronto in the middle of December, you can be assured that they were not grown locally as the weather would not permit it. Vegetables and fruits are packed and shipped, meaning that it can take from 3-7 days for it to hit the shelves, and then a few more days for it to hit your stomach!
If you can do one thing for yourself, I would recommend eating seasonally! When you really think about it, the food grown locally during different seasons is meant to provide you with the appropriate sustenance needed to thrive. It is difficult at first- Cooking with pumpkin was definitely a first for me- and you can check out what’s in season at sustainabletable.org .
TIPS AND TRICKS TO HEALTHY POSITIVE EATING
Localharverst.org is an amazing tool to find anything I list below :
⦁ Go to your farmers market! They usually have great deals that are comparable to the supermarket, and they usually offer everything you need.
⦁ Join a community supported agriculture (CSA). You pay a fee for a share of the harvest, so when it is picked, you can go collect your fresh produce! You can check it out at
⦁ Sign up for a delivery service! Ahh, if I wasn’t a student. You can get a box of fresh, organic and local veggies shipped right to your door! It’s like being a couch kale instead of a couch potato.
⦁ Go pick your own! Unless you live in a Narnia like environment like I do, you can go pick your own fruits and veggies. If you are fortunate to live in Canada, you’re going to have to wait until the snow melts a bit more before stuffing your face in fields while no one is looking.
⦁ Grow your own! I do not have much of a green thumb, but I can assure you that herbs are almost as easy to maintain as cactus. If you don’t completely forget to water your plants for weeks at a time until you are frantically drowning your little friend trying to revive it, you can try your hand at vegetables.
HIGHEST FRUITS/VEGGIES IN PESTICIDES
Potatoes, Apples, Celery, Cucumbers, Peaches, Strawberries, Sweet Bell Papers, Nectarines, Grapes, Spinach, Lettuce, Blueberries, Green Beans, Kale/Greens.
LOWEST IN PESTICIDES
Sweet potatoes, Grapefruit, Watermelon, Mushrooms, Onions, Sweet Corn, Pineapples, Avocado, Cabbage, Sweet peas, Asparagus, Mangoes, Eggplant, Kiwi, Cantaloupe.
THE ONLY TIME I WILL USE LABELS
ORGANIC- USDA “CERTIFIED ORGANIC” : What are you talking about? If it’s a fruit or veggie, it means that there’s no toxic pesticides or GMO seeds used! When it comes to meat or dairy, the animals weren’t given antibiotics or growth hormones, and were fed a 100% organic diet and given access to outdoors.
GMOs– What are you talking about ? These bad boys are found in corn, soybeans and canola. They are the main ingredients in what they feed animals and labels will not report if they are used to make your food! Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, are engineered into food crops to make them have the ability to survive. It’s usually a toxic pesticide that is put right into the grain. We are still unsure of the full repercussions of GMOs but they have been banned through Europe and they are not allowed in any organic food.
ANTIBIOTICS- What are you talking about? Most animals like cows , pigs and sheep are drugged antibiotics to prevent or cure diseases, usually because the animals live in awful conditions. It is awful because it helps in creating antibiotic resistant bacteria that could, if you get sick, not respond to treatment.
REFINED SUGAR & REFINED FLOUR– BOTH are not very good for you. Sugar is best when kept to limited quantities; the issue with it is that the more you eat of it, the more your body will start to crave it. Refined flour breaks down into glucose (sugar) when it hits your system , which causes a spike of insulin (blood sugar) and then an awful crash. Try keeping hydrated, only eating sweets on special occasions, eating whole grains instead of refined flour (in white bread, pies, cakes, etc) and you should have more energy in no time!
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS I’m a sucker for Splenda in my coffee, and I know it’s AWFUL for me. They create a taste for sweet things and make you seek out more, and usually that leads to overeating even if you are using sweetener! Plus, Aspartame has been known to cause headaches and increase your chances of diabetes. Ugh.
TRANS FATS- It’s found in everything delicious like crackers, icing, microwave popcorn, anything that makes your mouth salivate, you got it! They make sure that your food can stay on the shelf longer and have no health benefits.
ARTIFICIAL COLORS- Look out specifically for FD&C Blue No1 and 2, Green No 3 and Yellow No 5 and 6.
SODIUM NITRATES- They make your bacon so delicious. Just so so so delicious…*drools*. Anyway, even though they make your food look good, they do the complete opposite for you; it’s known to trigger migraines and can develop cancer. Search for “nitrate free”.
MSG- Are you ready for a mouthful? Monosodium glutamate (that name should make you want to stop eating it ASAP) makes your food tasty. It’s used in canned foods such as soups and most fast foods! A lot of people report that it makes them feel sick.
The Honest Life