Switching from an unhealthy lifestyle to a healthy one is hard! If it wasn’t I’m sure everyone would change their bad habits. First, you need to know that you are not alone and others are struggling to make good nutrition choices. Second, know that it is completely okay to be struggling. Let’s face it; “health food” doesn’t taste as great as junk food. You have to retrain your mind and body to enjoy healthy food, which I promise will come in time. It’s best to take baby steps when you begin. Small changes over time are not only easier for you, but also better for your body.
1. Cleanse Your Body: There are a few ways you can cleanse your body. You can go through a detoxification treatment (bought over the counter), or take natural cleansers that will remove toxin through your bowels, you could also simply eat a very high fiber diet for a few days (drink lots of water to help move all that fiber through your body, also make sure the fiber you have chosen is an organic or whole wheat product). The detoxification treatment and natural cleansers are usually found in the pharmacy section of a store.
2. Drink Water: Drink water all day everyday! It’s so simple and easy. Your body needs a lot of water so you need to drink a lot. I know there isn’t much of a taste so if you have to add a little something to it, try adding a cucumber slice or a lemon wedge. Try not to buy bottled water in plastic containers (the plastic releases chemicals into the water that are harmful). It’s good to drink at least a glass of water every morning before eating or drinking anything else.
3. Switch to Whole Wheat: There is a long interesting history about white bread vs. wheat bread, but all you really need to know is that wheat is better for you. White bread goes through a process that removes most of its nutritional value. Don’t go by color if it doesn’t say whole wheat on the package it’s not, and “enriched” doesn’t count either.
4. Eat less Animal Products: Eating less meat is better and be aware of where that meat is coming from. If at all possible try to buy from a local farmer who can tell you what the animal has eaten during its life and what (if any) medications it was given. Switching to a lower percent milk is helpful too (soy milk is best). If you are having a hard time switching from cow milk to soy milk try using half of each for awhile or try flavored soy milk like vanilla, chocolate, coconut or almond.
5. Eat Raw Snacks: Replace a few snacks with raw fruits or vegetables. And make sure to buy organic and wash them thoroughly. Try local apples, celery and organic peanut butter, or carrots with a plant base dip. Fruit is digested by our bodies very quickly and it’s best to eat fruit alone to ensure easy digestion.
The author of this article, Nickole Siegman, is a student at UW-Stout and is a regular contributor at for ProbioticSmart.com and PSCLife.com - leading information and health product websites.