14 Steps To Cut Processed Food
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
Let’s be REAL for a moment.
Cheese curls (or insert your favorite junk food) are delicious.
BUT, as yummy as they are, they are a landmine of questionable ingredients – as with most packaged and processed foods you eat!
These ingredients are TOXIC for your body and can result in a slew of unhealthy symptoms such as indigestion, tiredness, gas and brain fog.
Your body is designed to eat REAL food so that you have the fuel and energy to live a happy and healthy life.
Below is your 14 week guide and “pledges” to help you transition from eating processed junk… to eating real food!
Participating in these pledges will give you a greater understanding and awareness about the food that you eat and HOW this food is either enhancing or harming your health.
By eating REAL FOOD, your body receives an abundance of vitamins, minerals and the nutrition that makes you thrive!
Simply complete each week’s pledge… or build each week on top of the next!
14 Weeks Of Real Food Mini Pledges
Week 1 2 additional servings of fruits and/or vegetables daily
- Eat a minimum of two additional, different fruits or vegetables (preferably organic) each day until you’ve met the recommended limit. I’m a fan of extra veggies, period.
Week 2 “Real” beverages
- Only drink coffee, tea, water and almond/coconut milk (only naturally sweetened with a little honey or 100% pure maple syrup – and watch out for the carrageenan, a big NO NO!).
- One cup of juice per week.
- One glass of wine per day if desired (preferably red).
Week 3 Meat
- Eat only locally raised meat this week will be (within 100-miles of your hometown).
- Organic always – no chemicals, antibiotics, etc.
- Meat should be considered a “side dish” and not the “main dish.”
Week 4 No fast food or deep-fried foods
- No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil.
Week 5 Try 2 new whole foods
- Make an effort to eat a minimum of TWO new whole foods that you’ve never had before. For example, sweet potato, kale, or a seasonal fruit/vegetable.
Week 6 No low-fat, lite or nonfat food products
- Do not eat any food products that are labeled as “low-fat,” “lite,” “light,” “reduced fat,” or “nonfat.” These are typically loaded with additional sugars and chemicals.
Week 7 100% Whole grain
- All grains eaten must be 100% whole-grain.
- Follow these guidelines when selecting grains.
Week 8 Stop eating when you feel full
- Listen to your body and stop eating when you feel full.
- Eat slowly and thoroughly chew your food.
Week 9 No refined sweeteners
- No refined or artificial sweeteners.
- White sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, sucanat, splenda, stevia, agave, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, brown rice syrup, cane juice and ANY other refined or artificial sweetener.
- Sweeten foods and beverages with a small amount of raw honey or real maple syrup.
Week 10 No refined oils
- No refined or hydrogenated oils.
- Vegetable oil, organic vegetable oil, soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil, organic canola oil, margarine, grapeseed oil and ANY other refined or hydrogenated oil.
Week 11 Eat local foods
- Eat at least 1 locally grown or raised food at each meal.
- Fruits, vegetables, eggs, grains, nuts, meats and sweeteners like honey.
Week 12 No sweeteners
- Avoid all added sweeteners.
- White sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, honey, maple syrup, date sugar, maple sugar, sucanat, splenda, stevia, agave, fruit juice concentrate, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, brown rice syrup, cane juice and any other added sweetener.
Week 13 Nothing artificial
- Avoid all artificial ingredients.
- Sweeteners, flavors, colors and anything else artificial.
Week 14 No more than 5-ingredients
- Avoid ALL packaged food products that contain more than five ingredients (no matter what the ingredients are – even if they are “healthy”).
Know Where Your Food Comes From
- Show at your local farmer’s market.
- Support local growers by purchasing food items from your local area.
- To find a local farmer, CLICK HERE.
How was your experience taking on these mini pledges? We want to hear from YOU!
Comment below and share which week was the easiest and toughest.
Have your friends and family join you for a friendly competition. SHARE this article – great health is the ultimate prize!
Source: Eat Local Grown
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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