Whether you’re going vegan, hopping on the keto diet, or otherwise just a little concerned about how much of your diet could realistically be called “junk”, switching to a more natural, wholefood diet is always a good idea. Simply put, there’s a lot of stuff in our processed food that we would probably not put anywhere near our mouths if we understood what it was doing to us. Yet, to some, getting away from processed foods can seem like a gargantuan task. It doesn’t have to be, however.
Know exactly what you’re going to eat
Wholefood meals tend to be the most challenging part for some, since they require forethought, budgeting, and learning to cook. If only there were an app that could make it easier, right? Luckily, there is. Meal planning apps can help you choose meals throughout the week (including choosing meals that use the same ingredients, so you don’t have to buy more than you need), but they even have recipes and cooking guides to make it much easier to keep up with it.
Natural beverages are best beverages
If you’ve ever had carbonated drinks or processed teas as a major factor in your diet, then you will be aware they can be amongst the hardest things to quit, without question. Water and fruit juice can help. Finding a store that provides loose leaf tea and ordering in bulk can help you stop from going back to the bagged stuff, too. Find the natural beverage you love most and lean heavily on it, to avoid going back to processed stuff.
Find your go-to snacks
Grazing is a bad eating habit, one we should aim to stop, as we tend to lose control of our diet the more we fall outside of our laid out eating schedule. However, there’s nothing wrong with making room for a planned snack, you just need to ensure it’s a good. Wholefood snacks like cheese bites, unsalted popcorn, or even carrot sticks can help you manage cravings that might otherwise sway you back to the dark, processed side.
Know your ingredients
You’ve maybe heard this a lot, but it’s not overstated how important it is to be able to read the labels of what you’re eating. Identifying every single ingredient is impossible, but there are specific things that you should be looking for. If it has more than a dozen ingredients, ingredients whose names you can’t pronounce, or high sugar content, you should look for a healthier alternative. For a better idea of sugar content, device the grams by four to find out how many teaspoons are in a single serving. It will surprise you how much sugar is inside all kinds of everyday processed foods, not just sweets.
The tips above should help you make the switch, but you’re going to need some willpower, too. A lot of us have developed our worst eating habits from childhood, and those can take some effort to break. If you keep to the habits above, however, you should have a much better chance at actually making it.