101 Ways to Lose Weight – #7

Learn How to Cook Healthy

Healthy eating and weight loss all starts in the kitchen. Just by make in a few simple changes to the ingredients you choose, how you cook them, and your protein size, you can make improvement to your health and wellbeing that last a lifetime.

The best cooking methods are steaming, roasting, baking, sautéing, and stir-frying. Avoid anything deep fried. Use anti-inflammatory/mono-unsaturated heat-healthy olds that can help prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol when used in place of saturated fats. Cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil, macadamia nut oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil are good staples. For making cakes or desserts, macadamia nut oil, cod-pressed extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil, and almond oil are great. Walnut, chia, hemp, and flaxseed (linseed) oils are good on salads and over vegetables, but they’re fragile so store them away from light in the fridge and don’t heat them. Use herbs and spices in place of extra salt, avocado in place of butter, and substitute all your white staples such as bread and pasta with whole food variety.

Buy quality. You get what you pay for, no mater what you’re buying, and a little of the good stuff can go a long way if you know tricks to making it stretch further. Make protein sources suck as lean, grass-fed or organic beef go further by combing them with foods like beans and plenty of veggies, such as in a chilli con carne or bolognese Less expensive cuts make for delicious stews or soups. Padding out meats wiht vegetables and pules is healthier than using cheap refined carbohydrates, which is the norm in most processed foods.

All chefs and cooks everywhere have the power to change the health of our society. We can be a part of the solution by choosing better quality ingredients, ditching preservatives and trans fats, and designing healthier menus. The choices we make shape the choices we have.

(Theresa Cutter – The Healthy Chef)