A Very Simple Start To A Healthy 2018
2018 is quickly approaching. In a few more moments, we will all be in the new year working toward our goals and aspirations feverishly. I’m sure you’ve already set your health goals for 2018 but may I suggest easing into it so that after a few weeks or months into the year, your goals won’t already be…well…abandoned?
It may sound cliche but it starts with food. Real, wholesome, food. What we put into our mouths and allow our very intelligent bodies to process, matters. It will either fight illness and disease or lay out a red carpet to invite it. Oftentimes our choice to be healthy is based on what we eat. It’s simple.
Now whether you are reading this on New Year’s Eve, or in April when you realize you haven’t even started your personal health goals yet, you are here at just the right time.
I am here to help you reach your personal health, weight, fitness and wellness goals. Therefore, I am going to challenge you. Let’s start with the acknowledgement of food vs. junk. What we put into our mouths can be either one or the other. A simple rule of thumb is: when shopping for grocery, the perimeter of the store will have more wholesome choices than the aisles in the middle of the store. Basically, all of the processed foods are on the aisles. If it’s boxed, packaged, canned or frozen, the chances of that food being “real” are extremely low. This, my friend, is processed food and it’s taking over our nation’s health and well-being. At the end of the day, it’s our main culprit of allergies, high blood pressure and even some cancers.
Let’s take a moment to think about what we know about food. Whatever you learned while growing up, whatever you’ve read on food packaging, all fad diets and any experiences you may have had with food – ignore it. Start with a clean slate. We are going to rebuild the basics.
Let’s start from Genesis. In the beginning, God created food exactly as it should be. Whole. Over the years, everything from our sources of milk, to our bread and grains, has been altered. This is the underlying reason for obesity and disease of all types.
Unless it’s labeled as non-GMO, it’s more than likely genetically modified. Even if it is labeled as non-GMO, there may be other ingredients in packaged foods that are causing more harm than good. When you think of the term “GMO”, think about produce. We want our fruit and vegetables to be real and pure, not altered. This is the importance of organic selections. Yes, it may cost more than non-organic produce, but when you also cut out the processed foods, you will find that your grocery bill won’t suffer at all.
I get it. We are all very busy and we don’t always have time to cook. Sometimes it’s just better to grab fast food or processed food that we can just dump into the microwave. If you aren’t able to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner (and most of us aren’t), then prep your meals. Take one day out of the week and prepare your meals. This can be a fun activity to do with your children as it also teaches them how to make better food choices. As for dinner, things like slow-cookers can be your best friend.
Eating properly isn’t meant to be exhausting. But what CAN be exhausting is reliance on medication and frequent visits to doctors and specialists just to keep your body functioning. You are worth it. Your family is worth it. It just takes an open mind and willingness to try until you find what works for you and your family. Food doesn’t have to be boring or bland either. Our goal is to eat real food in it’s perfect, succulent, original state so that our bodies can have the proper nutrition to thrive. Real ingredients are absolutely delicious. In return, we feel remarkable and look amazing – with fewer or no medical bills.
Here’s the challenge. During your next trip to the grocery store, switch out at least 3 foods that you would normally grab from the middle of the grocery store and replace them with whole foods from the perimeter. Going organic is best but if that’s not possible for whatever reason, be sure to cleanse your produce thoroughly to remove as much of the pesticides and herbicides as possible before consuming.
That’s it! Simple huh?
I would love to hear about what you’ve “swapped” out this week so feel free to share by commenting. Spread the love of wellness by challenging your friends and family to try this as well.