10 Tips to Starting a Whole Foods Diet

Posted on August 18, 2015 By

  1. Start a bit at a time

    There is a lot of information out there about starting a whole foods diet, don’t let it overwhelm you. It’s better to start a bit at a time, than get overwhelmed and not start at all.  Once you start, you can take the next step you’re ready.

  2. Buy the best quality whole foods you can affordpiggy-bank-1239661-640x640 (1)

    If you’re on a budget buy the best quality food you can afford. It is better to do this and maintain the lifestyle change than to have to stop because you can’t afford to purchase the “top notch” produce consistently.  To find out more about the foods you should buy organic and the ones that are not as important to buy organic visit my article Which Foods To Eat Organic.

  3. Purchase some organic vegetable wash

    It is recommended that you wash your fresh fruits and vegetables even if they are organic or spray free before you eat or cook them. I recommend getting a good quality vegetable and fruit wash to rid your produce of bacteria, pesticides, chemical residues and anything else they may have picked up before their journey to your house.  Is especially important if you’re not buying organic produce washing with water alone doesn’t remove bacteria, pesticides and chemical residues.

  4. Store your items correctly

    This will make sure you get maximum life span and nutrition from your whole food. Click here for a great article on storing your whole food.

  5. Buy from local Farmer’s Marketsfresh-651772_1280

    Not only will you be supporting your local farmers, but you will have access to fresh, seasonal and locally grown food. Buying local also cuts outs the travel time that most produce experiences if it is purchased from a supermarket chain.  According to Lisa Leake of 100 days of real food, organic or conventional produce often travels on average 2414km (1500 miles) from farm to plate.  That is a lot of travelling; no wonder supermarket fresh produce doesn’t last long after you get it home.  If you buy from the grower direct, you cut out the middle man and you will find that the produce is fresher, has a longer shelf life, tastes better and more nutritious.

  6. Start your own vegetable or herb garden  

    Hopefully you’re not cringing at this tip. Starting your own vegetable or herb garden doesn’t have to be an enormous task.  It can be as easy as growing some herbs like parsley, rosemary, basil or anything you find you use frequently in your cooking.  I tend to grow things like parsley, rosemary, lettuce, baby spinach and cherry tomatoes.  These are things I use frequently and are easy to grow in large or small spaces and even thrive in pots.  Once you start you will start to find it fun to care and then harvest what you have grown.  I love it when I prepare a meal; I go into my garden and pick items to be used in that meal.  It is a great feeling.  I will cover some great resources to use when starting out in separate article.

  7. Find a good source for whole food recipes

    Finding a good source of recipes when starting a whole foods diet will definitely make starting out so much easier. It will help guide you to make the changes to your lifestyle you want when you want.  It will also open up a whole new world of recipes to keep it new and exciting without being bland and boring.  Recipes will help you in the meal planning process and making your shopping list, so you can budget and minimise food spoilage.

  8. Get organised

    Making the change to a whole food diet will mean that you will have to be organised. You will need to make sure you have your meals planned and easy to reach snacks available.  Without this you will find that you fall back into the old habits which means eating the processed alternatives.  One of the important things you need to make sure of, is that you have the right storage items ready for when you bring home you’re whole food ingredients.  You’re dry ingredients will need some air-tight storage containers and you fresh produce will require either fresh produce specific containers or vegetable/fruit storage bags.  Again work with what is in your budget.  I use a bit of both for my refrigerated produce.  I find that carrots and zucchinis store well in the containers and things like celery and other leafy greens store better in plastic bags.  You can even draw on what you have found when you store your fruit and vegies.

  9. Plan your menu

    Planning your menu will help you with staying organised and ensure you have enough of the ingredients you need to make sure you don’t “fall off the wagon”, so to speak. It is far too easy to reach for an unhealthy alternative if you have not planned what you will be eating for the week.

  10. Make a shopping list ID-10055279 (1)

    This is the next step after planning your menu. Planning your menu has now made this job easier, because your shopping list will reflect your menu.  I have friends that religiously plan their menu each week and they find it makes it very easy to budget, they have less fresh food spoilage and it takes the angst out of knowing what to have to eat as all the meals are pre-planned. Photo by Stuart Miles from http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

  11. BONUS TIP: Congratulations, Enjoy The Journey!!

    You are taking a step towards better health and happiness; it will be a challenge and a learning curve.  My advice is to enjoy your journey.  Take it at your own pace and if you “fall off the wagon” dust yourself off and jump right back on and don’t be too hard on yourself if it happens.  Thank you for reading, I hope you found the information useful.  I would love to hear your comments or experiences in the comments space below.  Hope to see you back soon.

 

Sources:  www.rawfullyorganic.com, www.realsimple.com, http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/,

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