I believe what we eat should be healthy, delicious and easy to prepare! Food does not have to be fancy to be good. Having a healthy diet does not have to be expensive either! When I first began changing my family's diet I made a lot of mistakes by opting for expensive replacements for "convenience" foods that I thought were healthier options of some of our favorites; I was wrong! They weren't healthier, they were just more expensive. I have learned a lot since that time over 15 years ago. We now eat delicious foods that I prepare for my family of 8 and it doesn't mean I have to take out a loan to feed us all nutrient dense foods! I also don't have to spend hours and hours in the kitchen either.
There are some very simple steps to take in order to make the switch to a whole foods way of eating. You don't have to do it all at once if that is overwhelming to you either! Some like to go "cold turkey", others prefer baby steps. Either is fine; The important part is to make the change so you are supporting your systems and not creating more symptoms.
Step 1 is to simply make the decision that you want to eat foods that are right for the human body and leave the processed, chemical laden foods behind! If you are reading this then I'm guessing you may already have made that decision or are very close to doing so! Good for you!
Next, it's time to clean out the kitchen! Again, some people do this all at once while other clean out only the things that have to do with one meal of the day. So, for instance, one might throw out all of the breakfast options that are not good for them and start replacing them with whole, nutrient dense choices. Someone else might decide that lunch is their major struggle so they start there; neither are wrong, or right, it just depends on individual needs.
After you've done some cleaning out, then a meal plan is next. I like to plan out 7 days at a time of each meal of the day plus snacks. It can be time consuming at first, but you get faster at it pretty quickly!
After the meal plan is done, it is time to make a list to prepare for the trip to the grocery store.
Once the list is made, it's time to go shopping! Label reading is a must and there will be information regarding that on this site soon, but this is the basic break down of how to start making a lifestyle change for health! You can get more details and one on one help by signing up for my coaching services under 'Getting Started'