3 Steps to Healthier Eating

This is the time of year when people think about making changes.  I have made a lot of changes in the way we eat in the last 10 years.  Some by choice, some because the kids just can’t handle some foods.  I’ve talked about these before but never posted them, so here are my 3 steps to eating healthier.

1. Read every label of every thing you buy.

This is an easy thing to do, just read what you are eating.  If the label takes too long to read, then don’t buy it.  Doing this will cut out the things with the most additives, but mostly it just gets you in the habit of being aware of what you are actually eating.  This step should last at least a month.

2. Don’t buy anything that contains High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) or Hydrogenated Oils.

This gives you a starting place.   It does not cut out every bad additive, but it will definitely reduce the additives in your diet.  Most prepared foods contain either HFCS or some kind of Hydrogenated Oil.   Sometimes all you have to do is change brands to get away from the HFCS or Hydrogenated Oils, but sometimes you have to learn to cook it yourself or do without.  This is a hard step and can take a long time to adjust to. 

3.  Don’t buy anything that contains any additive or preservative.

This step is a lot harder to define than the others, because it is almost impossible to get rid of all the additives and preservatives in our lives.    If you can reduce your additives and preservatives by 80%-90% you will be doing a great job.   The best way to complete this step is to focus on what you can eat and not on what you can’t.  You can eat any whole or fresh food.  The produce department just became your best friend.   The less processed foods, the better.

These are very broad steps, but they will help you reach a goal of eating a healthier diet based on whole foods.  Over the next few weeks, I will post more information about each step.  Look for healthy eating posts on Fridays.

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2 Responses to “3 Steps to Healthier Eating”

  1. ksb08 Says:

    Yeah…but what if the ingredients are not in English… Okay, I know, I am just being difficult, but these are good ideas.

    Of course, these are tips to healthy eating & not dieting…some people don’t realize there is a difference.

    Moderation & balance are two of my favorite words when it comes to food.

  2. hnracademy Says:

    Ingredients not in English… OK, you got me there!

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