1. Eat vegetables at most meals. Think salads, side dishes, soups, or even adding more veggies to your sandwich or wrap.
2. Have a grain dish like rice, quinoa, barley or millet instead of bread.
3. Have a starchy vegetable like squash or sweet potatoes instead of bread.
4. When you are having a craving for something sweet, opt for a serving of fruit to satisfy your craving. You can even warm up the fruit and sprinkle it with a sweet spice like cinnamon.
5. When you eat meat, it’s best to choose organic, grass fed, and hormone-free so you get the maximum nutrients possible without the harmful pesticides residue, antibiotics, hormones, etc.
6. Follow Michael Pollan’s rule, “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.” His book “Food Rules,” is a great book. If you have it, you can pick a rule a day to follow. 64 rules in all. I like #64…”break the rules once in a while.” We have to be realistic here.
7. Limit foods that come from a box. This is easier than you think. Start exploring the bulk section of your super market. You will save money and you will avoid added salt and preservatives.
There are plenty of tips when it comes to incorporate more whole foods into your diet. 7 is a great place to start.
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