There is no denying the fact that we have become much lazier than our previous generations. And, who can blame us? Life has become easier in almost every aspect. The washing machine takes care of the laundry, the central heating system takes care of the room temperature when it is cold outside, people we want to talk to are a phone call away, and our food comes to us in cans or packets ready for us to eat.
Processed foods have become an important part of our daily lives. Most of us have not had fresh, natural foods in a very long time, which has a negative effect on our health in the long run. Roasted coffee beans, pasteurized milk, pre-cut veggies, or any other food that has been altered from its natural state is processed. A little processing does not call for much concern as it is not harmful to you, but highly processed foods are something you have to worry about. Such foods are stripped of their nutrients and are loaded with sugar, unhealthy fats, preservatives, sodium, and many other hard-to-pronounce ingredients. The only way to become healthy is to stop having such foods and to switch to natural, fresh foods, which is a lot harder than it sounds. So, if your health is important to you and you want to make some healthy changes to your diet, here’s how you can do it.
1. Ditch The Unhealthy Foods In Your Pantry
Take a large garbage bin, stand in front of your pantry, and start dumping processed foods. It may be extremely difficult to do so, but you have to take a stance. Get rid of white flour and anything made from it. This includes packaged bread, cookies, and pasta too. They contain less protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals than products made from whole wheat. Get rid of white rice while you are at it. White rice is stripped off magnesium, an important mineral that helps balance blood sugar levels. Also, dump all canned foods, chips, and sugary snacks as they do you more harm than good.
2. Replace Some Groceries
It may be difficult to start cooking and eating fresh foods immediately. You may want to hold on to some processed foods and if you do, make sure you have the healthiest versions of them. If you love peanut butter, then you should know that many brands pack a lot more than just peanuts in the jar. Read the ingredients label carefully and pick the jars that contain only peanuts, very less oil, and no more than 80mg of sodium per serving. Salad dressings are another thing you should buy with caution. They are loaded with unhealthy fats and sodium. Instead, buy some olive oil and some seasonings and make your own dressing at home. Replace flavored yogurt with plain yogurt as flavored ones pack a lot more sugar. Also, swap sausages and bacon, which can increase your colon cancer risk, with roast chicken or turkey.
3. Restock Your Freezer
Once you’ve emptied out all the unhealthy items from your freezer, you can restock it with some healthy items. Frozen yogurt is healthy and delicious at the same time as it is packed with probiotics. Add some fresh berries to the yogurt before you have to to get a boost of antioxidants as well. Cut some chicken, salmon, and shrimps, place them in a container, and store them in the freezer so that you have some easy-to-defrost proteins available for dinner. You can also stock up on frozen vegetables as they are almost as nutritious as nutritious as fresh vegetables.