Okay, so this month we are focusing on eating more Real, Whole Food. For some of us, this isn’t TOO difficult on most days. But for others this is uncharted territory and feels really overwhelming.
If you fall into the latter category, even those of us who having been doing this real food thing for a while have been where you are.
It’s so important to have support and to take things slowly. That’s why this challenge of only ONE simple change per month is so important.
That being said, I want to share a few tips that might be helpful as you aim to eat more real foods this month.
1. Read Labels
Do you recognize ALL of the ingredients? Can you pronounce them? If you answer no to either of these questions, it’s probably NOT Real food. Don’t buy it.
Whole foods like fruits/veggies, lean meats, nuts, whole grains, seeds, etc., don’t need ingredient labels (or their labels only have 1 or 2 things listed….)
Related post: How to Eat Real Food: Read Those Labels
2. Clean Out Your Pantry
Throw out (or give away) all the stuff with nasty ingredients or names you can’t pronounce. If you get rid of it and replace with more real food options, there will be no available temptation. You can do this slowly or all at once, depending on your personality. I’m an all-or-nothing sort of person, but do what works for you!
3. Eat more Fruits/Veggies
Shop the produce section. Fill up your cart! Eat fruits and veggies for snacks. Incorporate more veggies into your main dishes. You will feel better, your body will be getting great nutrition and antioxidants and it’s a proven fact that eating more fruits/veggies will cause your body to actually crave more of them. (it’s a phenomenon called “metabolic reprogramming”).
4. Grow Your Own
If you have some space, grow a garden! You can plant a LOT or even just a little! Container gardening is handy if you don’t have a lot of space.
Another great option is a Tower Garden. It’s a way to grow your produce right on your back porch/deck or even inside, aeroponically. You can learn more here, including ideas, tips and a great video about how it works. No gardening experience needed!
Disclaimer: The company I work with offers both the fruit/veggie capsules and the Tower Garden. I make a commission if you purchase one through me. I just like to keep things real.
Remember, any new change takes time! You are creating a new habit and taking “baby steps” will help these changes last. This is why we are only focusing on ONE change per month.
Also remember that no one can eat perfectly all of the time. We follow the 80/20 Rule at our house. Don’t stress but do the best you can and make choices that you know will help you feel better!