Are you interested in learning how to develop a Real Foods eating habit? If you are, you are in luck because I am about to provide you with ten quick, easy tips to helping you develop your Real Food eating habit. But before I dive into the how to's, let me explain what Real Food eating means and why you should embrace this style of eating. Real Food eating means you consistently choose foods that are whole, come from the earth, have not been overly processed and are nutrient dense. For instance, fruits and vegetables are excellent examples of Real Foods. When you strive to eat mostly Real Food, you provide your body with nutrients that will promote...
- effortless weight loss
- ongoing detoxification
- illness protection
- great skin
- a fabulous quality of life
Now tell me, wouldn't you love to experience all these benefits? Of course you do, and hopefully, the following tips will get you started on developing a habit of eating Real Foods most of the time.
Tip 1 - Crowd out the bad with the good. For instance, before you indulge in processed foods, eat a whole plate of real foods, such as salad before cake, sweet potato before french fries or water before soda.
Tip 2 - Eat what you like to eat. Please don't force yourself to eat Real Foods you distaste. Choose Real Foods you know you enjoy and will have no problem eating them on a regular basis, even if you eat the same thing for months.
Tip 3 - Do most of your grocery shopping around the outer aisles. The inner aisles are where you will find most of the junk foods. Only venture there if it is necessary.
Tip 4 - Don't, and I mean don't go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. Going grocery shopping on an empty stomach is like going to war without weapons. It is simply the worst thing you can do if you are trying to develop a Real Food eating habit.
Tip 5 - Stop, stop, stop, stop, comparing yourself to everyone else's way of eating. UGH! Understand that you are an original person with your unique lifestyle habits, stresses, genetic makeup and tolerate levels. Just because one person thrives on eating six eggs a day, does not mean you will too. Learn what works for you and only you.
Tip 6 - Listen to your beautiful body. Whenever you eat something new or change the way you eat, you will experience changes in your mood, energy levels, detoxification, or mental state. Learn the connection between what you eat and what you feel. This relationship between food and mood goes a long way in helping you understand the types of Real Foods that will help you thrive.
Tip 7 - Plan your meals. No matter what you want in life, if you don't plan for it, it will never happen. Therefore, if you want to develop a Real Food eating habit, you have to be willing to plan your meals for the week or at least a day in advance.
Tip 8 - Eat most of your meals at home. A week ago, I took my whole family out for lunch, and I was blown away at how expensive this simple meal resulted. I spent $50 on four salads and soup. Seriously, I rather have spent that money on Real Foods from the local farmers market, which probably would have amounted to ten lunches. Anyway, eating your meals at home not only saves you money but allows you better control over what you eat.
Tip 9 - Eat your vegetables. Ok so the verdict is in, vegetables are the healthiest foods in town and no matter what style of eating you are into - paleo, counting calories, weight watchers, - you should make it a point to add more vegetables. Vegetables will go a long way in promoting your health and helping you feel satiated.
Tip 10 - Stop making excuses and start. Developing a Real Food eating habit is a wonderful way to improve your overall health. However, some people (not pointing fingers) create every excuse in the world as to why they struggle with forming this habit. Truth, these excuses are fictional stories that keep people from giving themselves better. Therefore, if you are one of these people, stop dancing around the idea of creating a Real Food eating habit and simply start creating.