When was the last time you ate “real” food? What I mean is the culmination of food groups that incorporate whole, fresh foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean meat, chicken breast, fish, nuts, beans and olive oil. The more real food you eat – versus processed, manufactured and fast food, the more you’ll crave it. Here are some ways to whet your appetite for real food:
- Experiment with your tastebuds by eating only fresh, whole foods (nothing processed) for a full week. What will happen? Your need for salt, sugar and high fat foods will decrease — you’re mind and body will actually want go0d-for-you foods.
- Cook at home more and you won’t be swayed by fast food promises. Take the time to prepare veggies (frozen are fine!), bake some chicken, fish or tofu and simmer some grains on the stovetop. In minutes you’ll have a meal – chock full of real food.
- Bring fruits and vegetables as snacks – not only does this encourage real food eating, but saves on packaging waste!
- Drink water, water and more water – from the tap is fine. Don’t drink your calories by relying on sports drinks, sugary soda and juice drinks. Green tea is a also a great source water and all of its plant-based nutrients are good for your skin, bones and overall health.
So, go for REAL FOOD first!