There is so much information to sort through when you are first starting to make healthy changes – it’s all so new, and deciding what to do and when to do it can be so overwhelming!
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When I first started exploring traditional foods, I felt strongly about changing the way my family ate. At first, I wanted to change everything at once, which made me feel overwhelmed and discouraged. I soon realized that if I wanted to make a lasting change, I had to take one small step at a time. Making small changes, one at a time, made it so much more doable, and it ensured that the changes stuck.
If you are thinking of making some positive changes in your home, here are some simple steps that can make a huge impact:
1. Eliminate Manufactured Foods
- Cut out all processed and packaged foods from your pantry and fridge and make an effort to cook from scratch. This may sound intimidating, but it’s a simple way to make a huge impact on your family’s health. By avoiding processed foods, you eliminate a lot of additives and chemicals that wreak havoc on your body.
- If you’re worried about your skill level in the kitchen, start out by finding a few simple recipes to try each week. Over time you’ll find that you’ve created a good repertoire and gained a lot of skills!
2. Incorporate Healthy, Traditional Fats
- Throw out your canola and vegetable oil! Trash the margarine and butter substitutes! Anything low-fat and factory-manufactured is tasteless, gross, and…unhealthy! I love this post by The Healthy Home Economist on healthy fats to have on hand – it’s such an informative read if you’re just getting into this subject!
- Start incorporating healthy fats that have been used for generations, such as organic coconut oil, grassfed butter and animal fats, like lard, from healthy animals. These saturated fats are nourishing and good for you, despite what the mainstream media would have you believe!
3. Make Homemade Stock (Bone Broth)
- Start making and using your own stock – it’s a great way to get valuable minerals and calcium. It’s also chock-full of gelatin, which is a great way to make a little bit of meat go a long way.
- Use it in sauces, soups and stews and in any dish that requires a cooking liquid, such as rice or beans – the nutritional value of the meal will go up tremendously!
- Stock really does have to be homemade, though – store-bought just does not have the same nutritional impact, and often has some ingredients that should be avoided.
- Beneficial bacteria are key to good intestinal health – I always try to eat one probiotic-rich food at each meal. This can be a small serving of yogurt, lacto-fermented vegetables (like homemade sauerkraut – super easy!), some kombucha, or a little tonic with raw apple cider vinegar. Probiotics are essential to good digestion and toxin elimination – the result of which is increased energy, regularity (you know what I’m talking about), immune system health, and it can help reduce sugar cravings!
- The easiest way to get your live active cultures is to eat plain, preferably homemade yogurt every day. Making your own yogurt, kefir, kombucha and lacto-fermented foods is actually really simple and cost-effective, but if you don’t have the time or inclination, try to find a good whole milk yogurt with live active cultures and lacto-fermented sauerkraut or pickles at a natural foods store.
5. Eat Your Vegetables
- Have at least one vegetable per meal. You don’t have to get fancy with them – I usually lightly steam most of my vegetables and toss them in grassfed butter and salt; I also roast them with coconut oil/butter/lard and salt. Both methods are easy yet flavorful ways to prepare your vegetables.
- So many people are into taking fiber supplements, but fresh vegetables are a great source of fiber that don’t tax your digestive system like all those fiber/bran-filled cereals and supplements. In fact, combined with increasing your probiotic intake, your digestive goings-on will be just fine…
If you’ve decided to take the plunge into healthy eating, remember to incorporate each change slowly; make a timeline of the changes you want to make. I try to make one change per week but work with your schedule and abilities, and most of all – be flexible!
It can feel like such a daunting endeavor, but with each small step, you get closer! There are still so many things that I am working on, but when I look back on all that has been incorporated into my family’s food culture over time, I am so excited and encouraged to stay the course!
What are some simple changes you’ve made that have had a big impact on your health?