The modern world is full of advertisements for the newest pressed potato chips and sugar packed drinks. Rather than giving consumers the fuel they need to get through their day, these groceries instead make you feel awful both mentally and physically. And while many of these processed food options contain ingredients that make you crave more and more, it is possible to break out of the cycle and begin thriving on a diet of natural, wholesome foods. Here’s how you can begin to make the change…
Look for natural ingredients
The healthiest foods in the world are fresh fruit and vegetables, so the more of these you get into your body, the better. But for someone transitioning to a better lifestyle, the conveniences of packaged foods don’t have to be avoided completely. Just by taking a look at the ingredients list you will be able to tell whether the item is full of goodness that your body will love. As the saying goes, if you can’t pronounce the name of an ingredient, chances are that it’s not something that is overly healthy. Keep an eye out for labels listing mostly preservatives, chemicals and artificial flavours and try to choose items that contain largely wholefood ingredients.
It all starts in the kitchen
It’s no secret that we live in a world where fast food is more accessible than ever. People are becoming increasingly busier and finding the time to cook a nutritious meal doesn’t seem to be an option. However, one afternoon or morning spent prepping for the rest of the week could save you from eating highly processed takeout food for the rest of your meals. Find a couple of simple yet delicious recipes filled with nourishing wholefoods and take them with you to school, work or social activities throughout the week.
Go at your own pace
Making the decision to eat healthier foods is always a step in the right direction. It’s only when people take an ‘all or nothing’ approach that it starts to become daunting. Approach this new lifestyle with the intention to make better choices where possible, easing into the change in a way that allows you to enjoy the process. After all, the key to real health is being able to eat in moderation – nourishing your body and mind with delicious and nutritious foods whilst also treating yourself to more decadent options every now and then.