For many people, busy lifestyles mean that they do not have enough time to find and cook fresh food – they eat whatever is convenient to find which in most cases is either junk or processed foods. While it is okay to consume these things once in a while they should not become a part of your lifestyle. As you may well know, junk is bad for you – you consume too many unhealthy fats and too much salt and you eventually could develop chronic illness. Processed foods are not good for you either – they contain too much sugar as well as preservatives which can lead to different cancers and also diseases such as diabetes. If you want to live a long and healthy life you should consume a diet that is made up of fresh foods as much as possible.
Fresh foods are the ones that you find at the farmers market. They include fresh fruits and vegetables, staples such as potatoes, healthy pasta and healthy bread as well as fresh, lean cuts of meat, fish, chicken and turkey. It may seem impossible to stick to a diet like this especially for busy people but with small changes in your schedule you can easily change to a much healthier diet. Start by finding out what time the farmers market near you opens – most are open early in the morning so that people can shop and still make it to work on time. If you cannot make it to the market do not despair – most markets are run by co-ops and for a little extra money they can drop off your foods for you at home. Just call the co-op and see what kind of arrangement you can come up with. Make sure to buy enough food to last a week.
If you are like most people you don’t have the time to cook during the week. The best way to make sure that you stick to a diet of fresh food is to cook in bulk during the week and freeze various dishes. That way, all you need to do is thaw and then pop food into the microwave – a few minutes each day and you will have a healthy meal ready to eat. There are many recipes online that you can help you come up with a variety of healthy, delicious dishes.
To make sure that you eat healthy even in winter look online to see different methods of preservation such as pickling. If you have a large freezer you can pickle enough food to last through the winter months.