Here’s a list of changes to make one at a time to start on your way to better health.
I recommend taking no less than one month to complete each step. I average about two months for every major change. Click here to see more information on this.
- Cut back on eating fast food. I am going to leave it at that. I don’t forbid anything, so I won’t say you CAN’T have it, but eat it less and less until it is no longer a consistent habit. Our family eats fast food about once a quarter. And when I met The Mr. he was eating it daily, so it is possible to change.
- Repeat that process with soda. Start with replacing one glass of soda with a glass of water until you barely drink it. This will make a HUGE impact on how you feel.
- Buy whole wheat flour instead of white flour.
- Eat brown rice instead of white.
- Exchange one meat dish for a vegetarian dish one night a week, working up to several nights a week. We eat meat about once a week.
- Try to get more fruits and veggies in, until you work up to 5 servings a day (or MORE!). Green smoothies help pack it in in one sitting.
- Once eating lots of fresh produce is a habit, get familiar with the dirty dozen and clean fifteen and try to stick to it.
- Cut out one processed food a month until you are living pretty processed free. This last change we made was to stop buying cereal. I occasionally get it as a snack for the kids, but it is rare. I have been stuck on this step for quite some time, as I figure out how to make my own crackers, bread, granola, muffins, etc.
- Start shopping locally if you can. Farmers markets, bountiful baskets, CSA’s, and local farms are all great ways to go.
- Read up on the way that chicken and cows are being raised, and the hormones, antibiotics, and meat-diets they are on. Start buying free-range meat.
- Along with that step, try organic or local milk and eggs. There is a HUGE difference in the taste.
I’ll add more to this list as I complete more steps, but this is where we are currently at. Good luck!