“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ~ Hippocrates
Changing your diet can be a little overwhelming! I’ve heard someone say it’s easier for people to change their name then to change their diet. I have to agree. I changed my name (well, when I got married) before I ever thought of changing my diet. Actually, it took my health in order for me to change my own diet. This is why I’m so passionate about healthy eating and recommending that others change their diet! I don’t want them to go down the same road I did.
I know “change” can be a difficult word. For the rest of this post, I’m going to say “modify” instead of change. For some reason, modifying a diet seems more manageable:).
Food Provides Either Health or Damage
No matter what your views are on particular diets, everyone can begin to modify the foods they eat for the better. Once I began learning more about the food I was eating, it was like a light went on. I began seeing food for what it was – either healthy, or damaging. The more I learned, the more I couldn’t believe what was going on with our food. Robyn O’Brien does a great job of informing and educating about what is going on with our food system. I highly encourage you to watch her video below and to follow her on social media.
Robyn O’Brien – Our Food System
Take it One Step at a Time
Here are some suggestions to consider when tackling the task of modifying your diet. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but you are definitely heading in the right direction if you begin to follow them. Some of the steps might feel more difficult than others, but it’s worth trying them. Start off small then continue to build upon what you’ve done. I remember when I began to modify my diet, I only did a couple of things. There was a learning process. Once I felt comfortable, I added something else. I also kept in mind that a habit is usually formed within 21 days, so if I could make the change for a few weeks, it would eventually become second nature. Your taste buds change too!
Healthy Eating Suggestions:
Eliminate Fast Food
I know it can be convenient, but there are so many chemicals and toxins in these processed foods! It’s not worth it.
There are no nutritional benefits in pop! In fact there are many damaging ingredients. Actually, I believe pop was one of the many things that contributed to my health problems. I gave up pop many years ago during the beginning of my health journey. If I can do it, you can too! I used to drink diet Pepsi just about every day, even a couple times a day. I was so addicted to it that after I quit, just the sound of someone else opening up a can (of whatever drink) would make me want diet Pepsi. A couple of years after I had quit, I took a sip just to see how it tasted. It was awful and super sweet. I couldn’t believe I used to drink it regularly and actually crave it!
Minimize Processed Foods
I know this is a difficult one to fully eliminate! It’s so much easier to use a jar of something instead of making it from scratch. I still use some processed foods, but not near as much as I used to. I try to follow as much of a real, whole food diet as possible, but if I do use a processed food, it has certain requirements that I want it to meet.
Eliminate High Fructose Corn Syrup, Artificial Coloring and Other Chemicals
If you eliminate the things above, you will more than likely have automatically eliminated these toxins.
Choose non-GMO Foods
If you are unfamiliar with genetically modified foods, please check out this article – what are GMOs.
Choose Organic Foods
Organic standards do not allow for genetically modified foods. They also do not allow synthetic pesticides and other chemicals to be used in the growing process.
Isn’t your health and the health of your family worth it? So many health problems could be avoided if our diets were healthier.
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Living Natural Today Wants to Know:
- Have you made any changes/modifications to make your diet healthier? What have you done?