How to Cook for Healthy Healing

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How healthy you live is directly affected by the types of foods that you cook on a daily basis. Learn about cooking for healthy healing with help from an expert in the medical field in this free video clip.

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My name is Dwan Kelsey, and I'm a Nurse Practitioner with wellLife a diabetes clinic and educational resource center located in Raleigh, North Carolina and we will be discussing how to cook healthy. When one is trying to make healthy meals and cook healthy at home, I think the first thing that has to happen is that patient or that family has to think about things that is suitable for them. What will work for them and for a lot of people that's a Crock-Pot meal, for a lot of people that may be a pressure cooker. For some families it could just be just typically just making a regular meal but when you start to cook healthy it actually begins at home and it begins with a shopping list and on that shopping list you have to put things on that list that you are going to go to the grocery store that are healthy things like you want most of your basket to consist of fruits and vegetables. So you want most of your basket when you're going to the grocery store to be about 60 percent full of the produce, in the produce department and then you want to stay around the perimeter of the store. So when we start to cook healthy we've got to start shopping a little healthier because we can't cook what's not in the kitchen. So, when we teach patients on how to cook healthy we've got to teach them what works for your health and then what foods and those foods should consist of fruits, vegetables, either fresh or frozen. You can stick, you can stay with the meat department for your protein but you want to stay away from canned foods. You want to stay away from processed foods, anything in a box, anything in a can, anything that's microwavable and you want to stay away from foods that are very high in sugar or very high carbohydrate foods like anything that is white like white flour, white bread, those types of things. That was basic information. Make sure to consult with your health care provider.

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