Eating unprocessed foods isn’t a diet that ends in 30 days or 6 weeks. This is a lifelong change. This group of beginner’s tips should make the transition easy and seamless.
Most grocery stores have the organic items separated from the standard and GMO product. The simple rule is, if your ten-year-old can’t pronounce every ingredient, you shouldn’t eat it. The hardest part for me was throwing away a lot of food. I don’t recommend that. I did it because my situation was exceptional. I thought it would be harder than it was to eat right and I didn’t want to have any temptation around the house.
This will not only save you time but also money. Doing this step will help keep you on track in the beginning. Decide early in the week what you will have to eat for the entire week. Once you get used to the new way of shopping and cooking, it will become a good habit. It was so easy once I came up with my plan. I have very picky eaters in my house so I need a large variety to keep the men of the house from getting bored.
Buy in bulk
If you are able to buy large quantities of meats and other things to freeze for later, you can save a lot of money and time. You will cut down on trips to the store and most bulk items are offered at a discount. Be careful with this on produce. Buying a bulk bag of carrots to save money doesn’t do much good if you throw half of them away.
Buy in season
Another tip to save money is to follow the natural order of the farms. When produce is abundant, prices go down. Make adjustments to your menu as needed. Farmers markets are great for this. They will only have what is in season so you can buy what you need there or check out the what to get at the regular store. I am a fan of buying local so I stop at the markets whenever I find one.
If you like to use a slow cooker like I do, you can prep diners on your day off. Bag them all together and freeze until ready to use. Run under warm water to separate from the bag, dump in a slow cooker and set before work. Done! You can also use the same method as most other eating plans, meal prep. If you spend one day cooking and prepping for the week you can then relax.
After the first few meals, you will begin to notice you are not as hungry. I made the mistake of preparing huge portions for each person. Not only is this a waste of food but it defeats the purpose. I still eat pasta and potatoes, I just don’t eat 2 servings with every meal. I also use quinoa in place of rice and potatoes to break up the meals and it is super good for you.
If you want a piece of cake, eat a piece of cake. The rules here are yours to make. I don’t recommend eating a whole cake or even a piece every day. I do make a dessert nearly every night, I just use organic honey in place of sugar and applesauce in place of oils. Keep it simple and enjoy almost all your favorites.