7 Steps to a Cleaner Diet

Often people assume I’ve been living this holistic, whole health lifestyle since I came out of the womb. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! It’s been a journey, and a fairly young one. I’m still learning from my mistakes each day, and simply choosing to share what’s worked, and what hasn’t.

I’m not a dietitian or doctor, but I do have experience when it comes to food. If anything, I kind of like to think of myself as a lab rat…so let me help you fast forward a bit. If you’re feeling intimidated or not sure where to start, here are a few tips that worked for me:

  1. Start by making SMALL changes. Baby steps. If you try to change everything all at once, you’re going to get overwhelmed and probably quit or give up.
  2. Learn to read labels. Look at the ingredients list on products. Stay away from processed foods and complicated ingredients. Stay simple and close to nature.
  3. Pay close attention to what you are eating. Focus on choosing REAL food (aka no processed or refined foods).
  4. Try to get the highest quality of product that you can afford. For example, if you are buying ground beef, choose grass fed, non GMO, organic.
  5. Be patient with yourself. No one is perfect and this takes time. There will be days when you crave pizza/wine/chocolate. Just eat it, but don’t associate that choice with guilt. All things in moderation. Plus, as you start to feed your body better, you will learn that those things before don’t taste as good as they once did!
  6. Try to cook for yourself and your family as much as possible. It’s the only way to control what goes into the meal.
  7. Don’t look at avoiding particular foods, or replacing regular crackers with gluten free crackers. Instead, simply focus on working in more whole foods and produce. It’s not that complicated. I promise.