Eating healthy, can seem like a daunting task. You’re not going to go from eating processed, frankenfoods to eating real, whole food overnight. Cutting out processed foods when it has been a huge part of your life can seem difficult at first. Luckily, I’ve got 5 easy steps to help you eat healthy and love it.
Step #1: Take it one meal at a time. When I first dug into overhauling my eating habits, we were living in a basement apartment, and our fridge was a 1 cubic food drink cooler. We had one plug-in hotplate that we did most of our cooking on. Eating healthy was SO hard! I found a few easy breakfast meals that I felt really good about. For a while, that’s all I could manage – one healthy meal a day. And you know what? That is a 33% improvement! I didn’t change my eating habits all at once.There were lots of things that made eating healthy difficult, but we managed one healthy meal a day and then later two healthy meals a day. Now I eat foods that help me feel good the majority of the time – and that’s an amazing feeling.
Step #2: Learn to cook! Homemade meals are cheaper and you have far more control over what you are eating. Fast food restaurants are really efficient at making food because they include lots of sugar and poor quality fats. You could eat the same meal of a burger and french fries, but significantly increase the nutrient value simply by making it yourself from fresh, high quality ingredients.
Step #3 Meal Plan using Realplans.com. Real plans is my absolute favorite website to help with meal planning. It includes recipes, shopping lists, and can even help schedule your cooking time. I use this every single week! Check out their website for more information about using realplans!
Step #4: Focus on the quality of your fats. Fats go rancid much more easily than carbohydrates or protein, and are arguably where people are most deficient. So when you start stepping up your quality game, start purchasing cold pressed coconut oil, and ghee from grass-fed animals.
Step #5 is switching to grass-fed meats. If you have to choose between grass-fed meats and organic, local produce, always go with grass-fed meat first. The hormones and antibiotics in meat will do more harm than the chemicals they spray on produce.
Once you feel comfortable cooking, meal planning, consuming high quality fats, and purchasing grass-fed meats, go ahead and jump to Step #6 and start buying locally grown produce.
This Week’s Food Love Challenge: Breathe out and let go of the temptation to feel overwhel
med by the idea of eating healthy. Breathe in the knowledge that feeding yourself is a joyful adventure.