3 Simple Steps to Cutting Out Processed Foods

A healthy attitude, a positive mindset, and a major hunger to rid your kitchen cabinets of processed food so you can begin to live a little healthier is all you need to start cutting out processed food. Simple. It really is! I have three steps you can begin to implement immediately that will get you started off on the right foot if you're ready to clean up your diet!

1. Put down the box, the bag, or the package your food resides in. 
Just place it back down where you found it and walk away. Don't look back. Really. Let it go. What you just let go of was a box full of ingredients you probably couldn't pronounce anyway, couldn't spell if it were given to you in a Spelling Bee competition, and couldn't explain to Junior what some of them even were. And even if you were familiar with some of the ingredients, like let's say "corn syrup solids", can you explain what that is, why it's in there, and how your body processes it? Like I said, put it down. 

2. Buy many more of the items that are just sitting there, naked, in the produce section. 
And the uglier they are, the better! I don't want that perfectly shaped apple that's glaring like the summer sun under the lights. Perfectly manicured carrots without a smidge of dirt on them just for me.. no thank you! If I had my choice I'd never stop shopping at the Farmer's Market where I bring veggies home and have to scrub the dirt off (and maybe flick off the occasional bug in my leafy greens) because to me, that's real. I mean, a bug eating my greens, doesn't get much more real.

3. If you want something sweet, or salty, or sinful, make it yourself. 
This one is my favorite. I eat chocolate chip cookies. I even eat rice krispy treats (I recreated them to be a wee bit more on the healthy side, and they were a huge hit!). I have buttered popcorn. And I make them all by myself. And boy, what a good lesson for your kids! They can help (and they always want to!) and they learn that treats don't have to come from a box. A little planning (and a little patience can't hurt), is all you need. 

No butter or marshmallows here my dear! 

No butter or marshmallows here my dear! 

Trying to incorporate even one of these three steps into your eating routine can go a long way in getting you off overly-processed food, and on the path to better health, a happier more energetic you, and a healthier lifestyle for you and your family. It's all about taking the first, easy-win step! Now put the box down :)