- Try only one new thing a week
- Sit down to eat (driving doesn’t count!)
- Eat out one less meal a week
- Host a meal at your place
R ead! Try to read a bit and get a better understanding of why you want to change your eating habits. We as American’s tend to have a conqueror mindset, which is good, but with food changes often leads to discouragement. Diet and food are part of our lifestyle and so it takes time to make lasting changes. We’re big on crash dieting in the US, but whole food nutrition is such a different world. It takes time to prepare, so going slowly will allow you to let go of the convenience mindset and enjoy trying new foods. To do it all at once would bring a lot of frustration and a desire to just eat the old way because it’s so much easier!
Labels. Check out the ingredients. Don’t even bother with the “Nutrition Facts Panel.” We like numbers, but try to just focus more on the ingredients and what’s actually in there. You don’t have to change what you’re eating, just start reading the package.
Replace. Ran out of mayo? When your condiments and pantry items run out, it’s a chance to slowly replace them with brands that are made from quality ingredients and an authentic process. The Weston A Price Shopping Guide makes it easy!
Hospitality. Hosting meals is a great time to be with friends, but it also keeps you at home and creating meals in your own kitchen or having a potluck where everyone brings foods made mostly at home. It’s a fun way to replace a meal out with friends. Don’t even worry about cooking anything healthy, something made at home is a great first step, no matter what it is!
Local. Check out your local farmer’s market. You’ll meet some awesome folks, and it’s fun to see all the vendors and what they have to offer. Ask questions! Learn about how they started making whatever they do. Ask why they are passionate about their craft or food.
Support. Check out your local chapter of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Chances are these folks have some great ideas to get you headed in the right direction. Some maintain a website with local restaurants and resources, others just have an e-mail address for the leader so you can check out a meeting.
New thinking. It’s hard to change our ideas about nutrition when we’ve believed a certain truth for so long. The trouble is that often nutrition advice makes is too broad. One example is “red meat is bad.” Another misconception is that all fats are bad. Our bodies really do need fats to thrive. Review Get Your Fats Straight by Sarah Pope.