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According to a nation-wide analysis of grocery store purchases, over 60 percent of the food purchased were highly processed.
Highly processed foods tend to be high in sugar, fat and sodium which is bad for the body.
So how easy is it to go to the vending machine and grab a snack?
It’s a little too easy.
And, what’s faster than pulling up to a drive-thru restaurant for a quick bite to eat?
You know where we’re going with this.
These days, it is so convenient to do the wrong things for our health because of time constraints and quick fixes.
It can feel as if we just don’t have the time to eat as healthy as we should, and no wonder….
Society has made eating processed foods so convenient and affordable.
If you are not making a conscious effort to follow a healthy diet, then you may end up riding the Processed Food Wagon.
But, eating this way has very negative effects on our bodies over time, including disease and weight gain.
So…. What can you do to change that?
Instead of buying fast foods and other processed foods such as pasta, breads and instant meals, wander over to the produce section of the grocery store for fresh fruits and vegetables on your next visit.
Instead of eating meat at every meal, try another source of protein such as beans, peas or lentils.
But if you are a meat eater, then fresh natural/hormone free eggs, chicken, fish and turkey are also high in protein and are great whole food choices.
Here is how you can minimize your processed food intake and maximize healthier whole food choices.
Reprogram your mind
Decide that you are going to eat better and follow through.
This means stocking your refrigerator and cabinets with healthy foods so that they are available to you.
You want to feel good, look good and follow a healthier lifestyle which means increasing your intake of whole foods and decreasing your cravings and processed food intake.
So make the necessary changes such as packing your lunch instead of eating out on a daily basis. Doing this will help you stick to your diet.
You will see how easy it is once your mind is set to do so.
Shop Fresh and Frozen
Your shopping cart should be primarily filled with items from the produce and fresh meat and seafood sections of the grocery store.
The body processes whole foods better than processed foods. So increase your intake of foods that contain mainly one ingredient.
For example, an apple has one ingredient…apple…. and so on.
Tomato Cucumber Salad Recipe
2 tomatoes (chopped)
1 cucumber (peeled and diced)
1 onion (chopped)
salt to taste
black pepper (ground)
It’s not difficult to stay on track when you have your food for the day already prepared.
Do this at the beginning of the week when you have some down time.
Be sure to cook enough for a few days so that your meals and snacks are readily packaged and available to warm up or just grab and go.
Preparing ahead of time will eliminate your need to splurge on the wrong foods.
Find Whole Foods That You Really Like
If you are truly changing your lifestyle for the better, and have yet to like fresh produce, then pick a couple options at first to try out.
Find fruits and vegetables that you actually enjoy eating and eat them in the beginning; you can always add variety as you go along.
Find Recipes That Support a Healthy Lifestyle
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring at all. Experiment with different spices for added flavor and research online to find recipes that will keep things interesting from day to day.
Doing this will help to encourage your desire for healthier foods.