A whole foods diet means to eat food in their natural state. This includes tons of organic fruits and vegetables; dairy that’s whole, unsweetened, and organic; meat that’s raised without hormones and antibiotics, and as little processed foods as possible.
Here’s how to get started on your whole foods diet today:
1. Look locally for produce, dairy, meat, and seafood. Fill in the gaps of your grocery list after you’ve already gone to the farmer’s market, not the other way around.
2. When you’re at the farmer’s market, ask questions about the way food was produced. Buy organic or ensure that your food wasn’t treated with pesticides.
3. Plan your meals for the week on your grocery list. Each week I have a grocery list of what I’ll be making in one column and the necessary ingredients in the other. This way your ingredients are actually going toward an end product.
4. Cook 3 days per week and have leftovers the day after each day that you cook. That leaves one free day to go out.
5. Skip cereal in the morning and have a whole foods breakfast instead--like avocado atop local whole wheat bread with olive oil and sea salt or better yet, a local egg atop local bread. Or make your own granola. Yum!
6. Snack on raw nuts, dried fruit (sulfite-free), or a banana with whole, unprocessed peanut butter.
7. Avoid junky beverages like juices, sodas, or sports drinks. Stick to water, tea, coffee, organic or local beer and wine.
8. Use only natural sweeteners like honey and maple syrup.
9. Choose wild caught fish instead of farm raised.
11. Cut back on the use of condiments. Make your own salad dressings--a simple olive oil vinaigrette works marvelously. Mashed avocado is a great substitute for mayonnaise or you could make your own mayonnaise.
12. Avoid processed meats and cheeses.
13. Meet the pasta maker at your local farmer’s market. Fresh pasta and pizza crust makes a world of difference.
14. Puree a frozen banana with real vanilla extract and you’ve got an easy, fresh sorbet in minutes.
15. Skip fast foods, bring your own meals on road trips.
16. Fried foods are off limits, this just isn’t their natural state.
17. Avoid high fructose corn syrup along with preservatives, artificial colors, artificial flavors, and trans fats.
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