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My food philosophy.

My eating philosophy is quite easy, eat food not to get hungry and not to suffer fatigue. I’ve bee trying to eat 5-6 meals a day, that way my metabolism stays active. Yes – there’s a cheat day also. I try to avoid bread and potatoes. I love both, but they don’t agree with my stomach. I’m not counting calories all the time – although I must admit that it helped me quite a lot in the beginning, it’s good to now the ‘about’ values of your food. Also I try to eat more when I work out and less when having a rest day, figuring out your daily calorie intake is a good way – I for example, was eating too little too rarely.

I try to divide my energy take: 40% protein 30% fat and 30% carbohydrates.

Protein: my protein sources are quark and other dairy products , meats (chicken, beef, pork) and supplements (protein shakes and powders)

Fat: oil over butter, the rest from food in general and also I supplement with omega-3.

Carbohydrates: complex carbohydrates: full grain rice, pasta, also dark bread over white.

I’ve learned that it’s good to have cheat days also, it’s easier to focus on eating healthy when you’re not stressing too much over it. Cheating 5-10% at the time isn’t that bad. And if you fall off the wheel – you can start again tomorrow.

It’s good to gather information about cooking techniques and about different foods. E.g. I’ve cooked my first porridge when I was 6 years old, have learned a few things here and there, but always the key to success has been total failure, don’t worry – you’ll learn!

When you look your plate and if you start counting the colors and stop at one or two, you might think adding some vegetables: green and red peppers, salad, tomatoes, cucumber – what ever works for you. I like to support local  and organic foods, but sometimes it’s a budget question for me. But as I’ve heard of this greatness in the United States – there’s a thing called farmers market. Go there and be surprised.

That’s about it folks. Please ask some questions and comment. Maybe a recipe or two?

Healthy food an investment worth your money?

Most definitely. I’ve noticed that food prices have been getting up in Finland for some time now. Each time the same question comes to mind: why local food is more expensive than the stuff that comes from a whole different continent? I know the answer isn’t all black and white, nor is it simple to answer to.

Never the less, I’ve grown a mentality, that every single dollar, euro or even yen you spend on healthy food is money well spent. With vegetables, fresh meat, fish and chicken products you are investing into yourself and into a better you. My friend used to say that money is an old invention and they print it more every day.

Cooking healthy isn’t rocket science. In my experience color is the key. When you have 3-4 different colors on your plate, you can’t go wrong. Green, red, orange, brown, white, yellow, pink. Those are the first colors that come to mind for me. Here’s an easy dish I prepared the other day:

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Colorful – isn’t it? This is an easy salad to make. Start by cooking your chicken. I used good quality chicken without marinade, all natural. Chopped it to small bites, cooked it with oil, seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic and tarragon. Season to taste would come in mind :). When your chicken is cooked, let it lie for a minute. Wash your vegetables – I used cucumber, tomatoes and paprika on this one, which gives it a nice solid foundation. There are tons of different salads to choose from and I suggest you try them out! Then I chopped all of my veggies to edible size. Finally I started putting up the salad, veggies first, then some nice low-fat mozzarella, chicken and to top it off with some nice sweet and sour sauce (yeah I know this isn’t actually diet food, but seriously – this tasted soooo good :). Healthy, nice looking and tasty! You can change the salad easily by changing the chicken to something else, like fish, meat, ham… you name it!

The cost? Around 10 €. 3-4 portions. Time to make: 15-20 min. Worth it: definitely.

-Joni-