For those who have been meaning to change their diets, or who have fallen away from their usual diets during the holiday season and need to get back on track, our Starting from Scratch practice is a great way to reinvigorate your understanding and love for clean eating. So, for those of you who have access to this practice, now is the time to open it back up, and go through each chapter while taking stock of what's in your kitchen pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. In the meantime, here're my top 5 tips to help you get started...
Avoid processed and packaged foods.
- Deli meat
- Hot dogs
- Sodas and sweetened beverages
- Canned foods
- Frozen and microwaveable meals
- Packaged cakes, cookies, donuts, crackers, chips, etc.
- Avoid unpronounceable ingredients. A great way to know if what you are about to eat is dangerous, is by simply reading (or trying to read) its ingredients. As a simple and general rule, I suggest being suspicious of anything you cannot pronounce. Simple, whole foods are best and a lot less complicated.
- Avoid GMO foods and ingredients. This may be alot more difficult, as the list of genetically modified crops grow larger each year. Still, we do our best with the information we are given. Here is Wikipedia's updated list of the current GMO crops.
Buy organic foods when at all possible, especially this "dirty dozen." To help you out while shopping, download the Dirty Dozen App by the EWG (for Apple iOS, only).
- Sweet bell peppers
- Hot peppers
- Shop at farmer's markets! Grab your fresh fruits and vegetables straight from local farmer's whenever possible. Ask if the food is organically grown, and if the crops have been genetically modified. Barring that the answer is no to both of these questions, you're good to go! There is something so comforting about buying food covered in clean, naturally nurtured soil. A link to help you find the closest farmer's market can be found in the course.
Ofcourse, you're also going to want to stay away from most fast foods and prepare the majority fo your meals at home. More on this as the month progresses. Happy New Year!
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