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One of the things people ask me about the most is eating real food on a budget. To help answer some of these questions I will be posting tips each Monday. To start this series off I want to talk about starting to switch to a healthier diet and a bit about how I got started.
While I now eat a mostly organic and real food diet I didn’t always. I did grow up eating a lot of healthy food but as a teen and early in marriage I didn’t always make the best choices. What largely made me want to eat better was my health.
I have fibromyalgia and I was not feeling well at all. I was in a lot of pain and dealing with extreme fatigue. Things had to get better and conventional medicine offers little for people with fibromyalgia. I read that some people had a lot of relief when they removed a lot of the toxic chemicals from their life so I decided it was worth a shot. And the results have been amazing!
The changes I wanted to make would have been overwhelming if I did it all at once so I took it one step at a time. I decided to not worry about organic and just work on removing the worse things I was eating. The ten steps below are some of the first steps I took. They aren’t in any order but they are a great place to start when you want to eat better.
Ten First Steps to a Better Diet-
- Eat more produce.
- Wash your produce. (I recommend Biokleen Produce Wash or a vinegar based wash)
- Avoid artificial dyes.
- Avoid high fructose corn syrup.
- Avoid fast food.
- Start learning to make more food from scratch.
- Eat more whole grains.
- Avoid nitrates.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners.
- Eat less sugar.
Several of these steps will also save you money. And they will definitely help improve your overall health. Don’t feel like you have to do all ten at once, pick one or a couple to start with. Before you know it, all of these things will be habits.
If you have questions or tips, share them in the comments below!