Here at Common Sense Health we firmly believe in a “whole foods” philosophy to healthy eating. Simply put, whole foods are better for your body. They keep you trim, energized, and (yes, that’s right) even looking younger.
Sound good? Of course. So… What’s the secret? Well, there is no secret. It’s just (you guessed it) common sense!
You’d be surprised how often people ask, “Hey, what’s a whole food? Also, what does it mean to live a whole foods lifestyle?”
Those are great questions. Important questions. Our mission is to start providing some answers, so that you can make positive changes to your health—and that of your loved ones.
Let’s dig in, shall we? Whole Foods 101. Here’s a tip: grabbing a seat at the front of the class will curry favor with the professor. Perhaps not so much with your fellow classmates, but then again you’re not paying them to teach you anything…
What Are Whole Foods?
Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible, before being consumed. Whole foods typically do not contain added ingredients, such as salt, carbohydrates, or fat.
Basic Principle #1: If it looks like it just fell off a tree, it’s probably a whole food. So, an apple will be round, a carrot orange, and so on. There are exceptions, but this is a good place to start. And you could do worse than to eat a potato that doesn’t come out of a bag, in the form of a greasy chip.
That’s it. Simple. Straightforward. Easy peasy.
How to Live a Whole Foods Lifestyle
1.) First, get your mindset right! Ask yourself:
- Why do I want to live a healthy lifestyle?
- Do I have goals for weight loss, and/or spending less on eating out?
2.) Learn the best foods to eat for great health.
3.) Take inventory. Be honest, is it all fun and games in your cupboards? Have you dedicated an entire shelf in the refrigerator to condiments? Remember: these highly processed, often modified foods contain very little, if any nutritional value—less bang for your buck. But don’t take our word for it. Check the labels… How many of those boxed snacks contain high-fructose corn syrup? If you truly wish to change your lifestyle, you’ll need to start by getting rid of the temptations.
4.) Create a menu. This may sound tough, but really it’s very easy. Pick a few meals you’d like to try, then create a 7-day menu. Put it down on paper. After a week, reconsider your choices, what you liked versus what you didn’t. Keep a running tally, constantly adding and amending your recipes. Here are some ideas to help you get started
5.) Continue your whole foods education. Read, read, read. As a wise man (or maybe it was a woman) once said, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Living a healthy lifestyle becomes easier over time.
6.) Enjoy the ride. It may be challenging at first, but it helps to set smaller, easier to accomplish goals. Appreciate the little things. Take pride in digging out your cupboards, and marvel at the transformation your refrigerator makes from junk food to whole food. And lastly, remember to SMILE when you see the pounds start melting away… Believe us when we say, if you’re not eating whole foods now, this one simple change will help you to lose weight.Do You Get Our Newsletter?
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