Each Monday this year, I will share one simple tip you can implement to make your life a little safer.
We’re starting this year’s healthy journey with what might be a huge change to you and your family. To begin a safer, simpler life, though, you need to make sure your food is both safe and simple. And that means real food.
Eliminating processed foods doesn’t mean you need to have a bland diet – quite the contrary. Once you begin eating actual food instead of processed junk you’ll notice a wide variety of delicious flavors. Quick and easy food in a box will lose its appeal.
To start, look through your pantry, cupboards, refrigerator and freezer. What do you see? If a bunch of boxes are sitting on your shelves, consider donating them to a food pantry. Or, if your finances are tight and you can’t afford to give away food that you’ve already purchased, plan on spacing the junk out in your menus until it’s used up.
When you go grocery shopping, start buying staples like brown rice, beans, unrefined pastas, unrefined flours (with or without gluten), nuts, fresh or frozen vegetables and fruit, fresh or frozen meat, and fresh dairy products.
If you’re not quite sure if something is processed, don’t worry – simply check the ingredient label. If you see a long list of words you can’t pronounce, you’ll want to put the item back on the shelf (the fewer ingredients the better).
Looking for specifics? As a quick rule of thumb, stop buying potato chips and other bagged snacks, fruit snacks, fruit juices, soda pop, cookies and other boxed or bagged bakery items, as well as ready-to-make meals in a box or bag. If those unhealthy foods aren’t brought into your house, you won’t be tempted to eat them.
By cutting out processed foods, you’ll actually know what you’re eating because your foods and drinks won’t be filled with a bunch of artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. If your diet has included a lot of processed food in the past, you should notice a big change with your healthier food choices – you should have more energy, and you might lose weight. If you have children with attention or hyperactivity issues, you will most likely notice a huge change, too.
How much processed food do you typically buy? What are some real – and fresh – alternatives? If you already eat real food, did you ever choose to cut processed food out of your diet – or have you always been a healthy eater?
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