If you’ve already made the vow to start ‘eating clean’ or living a healthier lifestyle, or hey, maybe your on the verge and just don’t know where to start… Take a peek at these tips below to help get your started and form healthier habits:
1. Eat “real” food.
Choose food that is in or close to its natural state, and steer clear of highly processed or refined foods. If the food comes in a package or box and contains more than one ingredient on the label, it’s a good sign that it’s processed and no longer in its natural state.
2. Buy organic.
Buying organic limits your exposure to hormones, antibiotics, chemicals, and pesticides. Organic foods typically have more vitamins, minerals andnutrients, and many say that organic foods have more flavor.
So how do you increase the amount of organic foods in your diet? Start with replacing the foods that tend to have the highest levels of hormones, chemicals, or pesticides, like fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy.
Remember to look for foods that are certified organic, not foods that say “made with” or” contains organic ingredients,” as these foods may only have a small number of organic ingredients.
3. Read labels.
Choose foods with minimal ingredients. The more ingredients on the label, typically the more processed the food is. Yogurt, for example, can be a great addition to your morning smoothie bowl or homemade granola, but the wrong brand can have as much sugar as a candy bar.
Check the label for plain yogurt that doesn’t contain added sugar, color, or stabilizers on the label. Still want your yogurt to have a sweet taste? Sweeten it yourself using more natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup or—even better—add some sliced fruit such as raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries.
4. Eliminate or reduce wheat.
Substitute wheat with wholesome wheat-free alternatives. Most of the wheat we consume in America is highly refined and processed. Eliminating processed wheat in your diet can help eliminate many gastrointestinal issues such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and gas, etc.