For the last 12 weeks, you have been reading about and gathering ideas about what “real food” is and how it fits into a healthy, balanced diet. In addition to eating well, here are a few more ideas to help complete the big picture, as you and your family strive for healthier choices.
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The first rule of every plan to eat healthier is this: set yourself up for success.
What exactly do I mean by this? All of the kitchen adjustments listed below are for creating the "ideal" environment for eating real, unprocessed food. It helps to surround yourself with the ingredients you need to cook healthy meals. But often, the downfall of well intentioned changes is that people try to make HUGE changes to EVERYTHING and find themselves overwhelmed.
Read through the ideas, choose 1 or 2 that seem like simple, sustainable changes. Keep it simple!
Let’s face it—life is busy. We don’t always have time to plan and cook every meal from scratch. When you opt for packaged foods, this rule can help you make a healthier, less processed choice. The number 5 is arbitrary, but the idea is that fewer ingredients means less processed food.
Sometimes when grocery shopping I just stare at the labels on cooking oils and have to scratch my head. Refined, unrefined, cold pressed, virgin, extra virgin...it's so confusing! So I went on a mission to understand just exactly what these terms mean and how they can help us decide which ones to buy.
Stumped about how to get started reducing the amount of meat in your diet? If you need motivation, tips to help you transition, PLUS some delicious recipes, you're in the right place!
Studies show that more Americans than ever before are grocery shopping daily without planning meals. This is a sure way to buy more than you need (impulse shopping) and buy fast, processed options. You will save money and eat healthier if you have a plan before setting foot in a grocery store.
The thing I missed most while trying to eat real food was peanut butter cups...I started playing with the recipe, and now I think I've perfected it. The finished product is a peanut butter cup with a dense, comforting filling in a low-glycemic chocolate. It's a fast and easy thing to make, and I can grab one any time I need a quick snack.
Rockford Real Food Revolution Week 6: Drink real beverages! Eliminate any sugary drinks--including those that are artificially sweetened!
Staying hydrated is essential for the health of our bodies, but many of us find it difficult to be drinking water all of the time. If you’re looking to incorporate more water into your diet, but aren’t so sure you want to trade in that tasty latte or soft drink for bland water, try this.
You are a leader! You are an inspiration to your kids, your spouse, your siblings, your friends, your co-workers. If you can make better choices toward a healthier lifestyle, so can they! !
You may not think that you eat a lot of sweets, but sugar is lurking in all kinds of unusual places. Be a sugar sleuth, and find where sugar is hiding in your food!
Whole Grain doesn't have to mean crunchy rice and stale, chewy bread. I mean, whole grain bread can be delicious, as I'm sure you've discovered by now, but it's not all there is. Here are some grains and grain-like seeds that could make eating whole foods a lot more interesting:
According to the Whole Grain Council, there are many benefits to including whole grains in your diet.
“Eating the whole grain gives your body extra antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, all of which are essential to good health. Adding whole grains to your diet can significantly lower your risk of chronic diseases..."