10 Steps to Clean Eating
I have always been curious about how our bodies and food are related. I remember as a kid hearing about hormones in milk that make girls go through puberty early. But I always felt overwhelmed with where to start. I didn't have a clue what to look for or what to avoid. Here are 10 simple steps that can help you START CLEAN EATING:
1. Be prepared to transform the way you think about food. Food is fuel. We want premium pure fuel not overly processed mud going into our engines. There are a lot of resources out there. I found www.livinganointed.com very helpful. I bought the book Living Balanced by Stacey Kimbrell for $20. It was completely worth the investment. She explains the dangers of toxins in our foods, and she gives you a list of ingredients to avoid at the grocery store. She also gives many references for further research.
2. Get back on the horse. Do the best you can in your situation. Always make the purest choices you can, and when toxins slip in, get back on the horse. You are worth taking care of!
3. Buy organic! Organic certified foods have to live up to a pesticide free, hormone free, GMO (genetically modified organism) free standard. There is a lot more goodness that goes into organic, but in a nut shell, it is good for you, good for the farm workers, and good for the environment.
4. Eat raw when you can. I am not talking about raw meat. I am talking about raw nuts, fruits, veggies, and grains. When we cook food, we loose a lot of nutrients. I believe God made our bodies to eat raw food.
5. Throw away the microwave. It destroys nutrients and changes the food's molecules. Read here to find out more: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/health-hazards-to-know-about/microwave-ovens-the-proven-dangers
6. Give yourself time to adjust. This is a big change. You can do it! Saying good bye to artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives, and toxins is not easy when it is in almost everything! Beware, some organic non-perishable foods contain toxins. Be an educated shopper. It is okay to feel overwhelmed at first. Stick with it. In a few months you will get the hang of it, and by a year's time, you will be thriving off the benefits of clean eating.
7. Avoid canned goods. Can goods contain BPA in the lining. Read here about the dangers of BPA: http://children.webmd.com/environmental-exposure-head2toe/bpa
8. Build a support group. You are more likely to stick with a new habit and enjoy it if you are in a network of like-minded people. Follow people on Facebook or Twitter who are into organic clean eating. Shop at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, or a local health food store. Find an interest group in your community and get involved. Remember, you and your family are worth the effort.
9. Lead by example. My kids love clean eating and don't feel left out because both my husband and I positively live it in front of them. We talk to them about the dangers of toxins and the benefits of clean eating. There are alternatives for almost everything. We have fun finding recipes to make toxin free treats.
10. Have fun! Think of this new lifestyle has the healthiest adventure you could ever go on! When traveling, do the best you can and then get back on the horse. Remember, you CAN do it, and YOU are worth doing it for!