HOW DO I START?
There is not right or wrong or magical way to start eating better. I can offer you some some ideas and methods that have worked for many, but you need to find what works for you! Be aware that at first, it may seem like you are sacrificing taste for health. Rest assured, you are not! Your taste buds can be trained and will change fairly quickly as you start adding new, healthy, whole foods to your eating plan!
- One way to begin the transitioning process, is to start with Breakfast, which is actually “breaking the fast,” from not eating since the night before. If you have ever done a fast, with juice, water or certain foods, you may be aware that it is necessary to break the fast gently so as not to undo all the benefits of the fast. The body, like everything else in life is cyclical and goes through a healing and rejuvenation cycle while we sleep and continues on through the morning. The less the digestive system has to work to process the breakfast consumed, the more cell rebuilding and healing can take place.
- Do you eat salads everyday? If not, start incorporating eating at least one salad a day with a variety of greens and vegetables. Be cognizant about how much dressing, cheese, meat you are used to putting on your salads… There are many of healthy dressing options available and I encourage you to learn to enjoy the tastes of the veggies and not just the oil, sugar laden dressings and toppings.
WHAT SHOULD I EAT?
The first thing that needs to be done, is for you to determine why you want to change your eating habits. Make sure you want to change because of your conviction, not the convictions or prodding from others. Don’t get me wrong. If you are being given sound advice for your health, take it seriously and pray about making the changes to better your health. If you are not committed to better health, success will not be something that will come easily.
- Eat as many whole foods in as natural state as possible; fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, fermented foods. Try to start eliminating dairy and meat products from as many meals, and processed foods, as you can.
- Green smoothies, which include greens like spinach, kale and lettuce and fruit are a great way to incorporate more veggies into your meal. Yes, it is green, but it doesn’t taste as green as it looks! It is so refreshing to the taste buds and good for your body. Fruit combined with leafy greens, is easily digested and the fiber actually causes the sugar in the fruit to enter the blood stream more slowly, which is good. A good basic smoothie recipe is below.
4 cups of water
2 LARGE handfuls of organic baby spinach
2-3 large organic romaine leaves or kale leaves
1 frozen organic banana
1-2 peaches or nectarines or 6-8 strawberries or 1- 1/2 cups of frozen fruit, or whatever organic fruit you have on hand
Place all ingredients in a good blender and puree until smooth and creamy. Add more or less of any of the ingredients to adjust to your taste. Smoothies are best if consumed the same day, but will be good for 2-3 days if you choose to make extra to drink another day. Drink 20-32 ounces daily and enjoy the benefits of whole, live plant foods.
Options: add 1-2 tablespoons of Hemp seed, flax seed oil, 1 tablespoon chia seeds