7 Steps to Cut Processed Foods from Your Diet
We all lead busy lives, and sometimes that means having to make choices that are more for short-term convenience than for long-term well-being. The biggest example of this has to do with the consumption and convenience of processed foods.
What you eat has a direct effect on your health. That being said, why wouldn’t you choose to consume the foods with the most nutrients and beneficial health factors? Well, most of the time it’s more convenient to go with the already-made (and most of the time delicious) processed foods instead of taking the time to prepare a full meal with whole foods.
Most people are so used to consuming a diet that is largely made up of processed foods and quitting cold turkey usually results in the individual turning back to an unhealthy diet. Fortunately, there are small steps that could lead you in the right direction to eventually cutting processed foods from your diet once and for all.
Switch to Healthy Oils
Instead of using refined oils such as vegetable oil, canola oil and margarine, try using healthier oils like olive oil, coconut oil or hemp. Replacing refined oils with healthy oils will give your body more energy while boosting your immune system and providing your bones with the nutrients it needs.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Make it a habit to incorporate at least one fruit and at least one vegetable into every breakfast, lunch and dinner meal. Not only will you be consuming a great source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, but eating more fruits and vegetables will ensure that you are filling up on the right kinds of food.
Cut Out Sugary Processed Beverages
Some people don’t realize that drinking those processed, sugary drinks such as sodas and juices are a major part of what makes up an unhealthy diet. When you’re thirsty, water is always going to be the number one choice. However, if you’re one of those people who gets bored of plain, unflavored water, try reaching for a soothing cup of tea or a juice that you’re sure is 100% real.
Stop Consuming Fast Food and Deep-Fried Foods
This can be really tough for some people who are constantly on the go and only have time for a quick and easy meal. Fast food is packed full of unhealthy processed ingredients and cooked in those unhealthy oils we warned you about above. If you have time to wait in a drive-thru line, then you have time to quickly run into a grocery store for a healthier alternative.
Switch to 100% Whole Grains
This means that that all grains you are consuming should be switched 100% to whole grains. White flour is harder for the body to digest, causing the gluten to build-up and prevent the absorption of nutrients. With whole grains, you’re getting a great source of fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.
Stop Using Artificial Sweeteners
Stop using all artificial sweeteners including, white sugar, raw sugar, brown sugar, splenda, agave, corn syrup, etc. If you really need to add some sweetness to your meal/beverage, try using a small amount of honey instead.
Eat Local Foods
Eating locally grown food ensures that you are getting some of the freshest and best meats, eggs, nuts, grains, fruits and vegetables. Check out your local farmer’s market and slowly begin incorporating these local foods into the meals you prepare.
We Care About Your Health
Here at Bella Vista Health Center, our goal is to make sure you’re getting everything you need to live a healthy life. This includes providing our guests with balanced and nutritious meals. Every meal is prepared with each individual’s health and dietary needs in mind.
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