A whole foods diet has been linked to a reduction in cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurological disorders. Replacing processed foods with whole foods can help you lose weight, resist and even reverse diabetes and control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
However, the modern-day home is not always conducive to a whole food approach. Take the following steps below to make your home whole food-friendly, and your entire family can enjoy the wonderful health benefits this nutritional approach offers.
Get Rid of The 3 White Food Bad Guys
Hit your cabinets, pantry and refrigerator and remove the following food items ” white rice, white sugar and white flour. Foods that contain those three items are highly processed. Foods with white, refined sugar, white rice and white flour deliver little to no nutritional value.
They are also extremely high in unhealthy man-made chemicals and substances, which promote a scary list of health problems like diabetes, heart disease, obesity and a shorter lifespan. Ditch the 3 “white food bad guys” and your whole food efforts will be more successful.
Break Out the Credit Card
Do you love shopping? If so, you are going to love this suggestion. Many things in life require certain tools or devices. This is definitely true if you are going to seriously pursue a healthy whole foods diet. The following kitchen products and accessories make sticking to a whole foods diet quick, effortless and easy.
- Food Processor
- Food Dehydrator
- Canning Kit
- Vacuum Sealing System
- Spiral Slicer
- Quality 3 Piece Chef’s Knife Set
- Cutting Board
- Spice Grinder
Remove Food in Wrappers, Bags and Boxes
There is a pretty quick way to judge whether a food is processed or natural. In most cases, food that is packaged has been processed to some extent. Crackers, cereal, snacks, sodas and fast food are usually sold in bags, wrappers, boxes and plastic containers. This is not a hard and fast rule but works almost all of the time for identifying unhealthy processed foods. Remove these from your home to increase your odds of sticking with whole foods.
Remove Non-Food Temptations
Removing non-whole foods from your home makes sense if you are adopting a whole foods diet. However, there may be other triggers that lead you down the path to eating unhealthy food. You should probably stop watching Top Chef, Ace of Cakes and other food-based television programs. Your subscription to Bon Appétit magazine should probably be canceled as well.
Look around your home. Look at your lifestyle. Remove any temptations you may find, and replace them with healthy whole food-based alternatives. There are plenty of movies, magazines and local clubs that promote your newly adopted, healthy lifestyle.