My Mother was once a Chef and owned a restaurant on Main Street in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia where she prepared "southern cooking with an ethnic fusion" for her fellow admirers. So yes, while growing up I ate well, and not to mention healthy. My mother has taught me to cook tasty and flavorful meals without needing too much butter, too much salt, too much cream, or too much sugar. She has taught, and continues to teach me how to prepare my meals using the natural flavors of my ingredients, keeping my food healthy and delicious.
My mother gave me, what she calls, the cooking bible when I went off to college. This book gives me all the basic recipes I need and how to cook almost everything! I use it some days, especially when I want to whip up my favorite chicken tortilla soup. I also find recipes and cooking ideas online through pinterest and through my mother and friends. By preparing my own food, I am in control of what I am making, how I cook it, and how much I cook. That gives me an advantage to continue the lifestyle I want.
tips for healthy eating
Eat a variety of colorful foods
Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Make sure you receive the proper balance of Carbohydrates, Proteins, and Fats (Yes you need all three of these to live a great life. No carb-less or fat-less meals.)
Eat small portions, throughout the day. (This will help boost your metabolism. Believe it or not, starving yourself throughout the day will slow your metabolism down.)
Avoid eating the same thing all the time.
Make your grains, Whole.
My Plate is a website by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has great tips on healthy eating.