HOW TO SWITCH TO A WHOLE FOODS DIET
I’m a strong believer that if as a society we switched back to a whole foods diet, we would avoid most of the health problems we are faced with today. What is holding us back from making the switch? It’s most likely a combination of things, but I believe confusion on where to even start plays a big role. So let’s focus on that.
I love Michael Pollan’s approach to eating a healthy diet:
“If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't." –Michael Pollan
The above quote sums it up best. Whole foods are foods that are as close to their natural state as possible.
The benefits of eating whole, real food includes minimizing the chemical additives that are linked to disease and obesity. Increasing fibre consumption to improve elimination.
The real benefit though, is that whole foods are more abundant in essential nutrients that our body requires to thrive and function optimally!!! This is the key to feeling and looking your best every day. By consuming more nutrient rich foods, we end up feeling more satiated after a meal and our overall wellbeing and energy will increase with time as the body slowly recovers from being depleted for so long.
Here are a few more tips to get you started:
1. Drink only naturally low-cal beverages. Water is your best choice. Then stick with herbal tea, or fresh-pressed juice.
2. Choose local, organic meat. Buy from your local farmer's market or order from a butcher that is committed to meat that is free of hormones, antibiotics and grain feed. BONUS: Reducing your meat intake to 3-4 times a week is great for your health, environment and helps make things more affordable.)
3. Cook with unrefined oils. Ditch the bleached, processed canola, sunflower or vegetable oil (!!!) and go for real grass fed butter, avocado or coconut oil. Use olive oil and other cold pressed oils for salads, not cooking. Keep flax seed oil refrigerated.
4. Make fruits, nuts and vegetables your go-to snacks. Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the counter. Wash and chop veggies into sticks and pack them into baggies for easy grab-and-go. Keep assorted nuts in a bag as well. Raw nuts should be refrigerated to keep their oils fresh.
5. Quit fast food. Make extra portions of your main dinner entree to pack for lunch the next day. This easy habit will save you from eating processed or low quality meals at your food joint. Your wallet will also be very grateful J
6. Go refined sugar-free. Read labels and buy only sugar-free foods (download my free guide to make it as easy as possible)
Sugars to avoid include:
What does all this look like in practice? Stay tunes as I'll be sharing a whole foods pancake recipe with you next week! (See, you can still eat delicious food!)
Feel free to leave your questions or comments below!
In health & happiness,
Natalie McCrae R.H.N.
I transform women's body's by teaching them to eat balanced meals so that they can quickly lose weight, without giving up 🍫 & 🍷