The western food industry isn’t always a friend of whole foods. Everything is about time and convenience. In fact, eating out of a package or box is considered a norm, making the preparation of fresh, whole foods a significant challenge for many families.
Benefits of Whole Foods
Several studies show that when nutrients are consumed in whole food form, they offer unique health benefits. Similar studies have been conducted with individual vitamins and minerals. These studies have shown that the same health benefits presented in whole foods aren’t there with just a single vitamin or mineral. That’s why our bodies need whole foods!
Practical Tips for Eating Whole
So, how can you rebel against the food industry and shift your diet toward eating more whole foods? Let’s take a look at these simple strategies you can use any time, anywhere:
- Read, analyze and question nutrition labels and ingredient lists
- Wash and chop fruits and veggies when you return from the grocery store. Place them in to-go containers or snack baggies for the refrigerator.
- Boil eggs on the weekend so they’re ready to go at a moment’s notice.
- Buy nuts and seeds in bulk and sort them into healthy proportions.
- Add fresh or frozen fruit to minimally processed Greek yogurt.
- Sprinkle cinnamon on cottage cheese with chopped frozen peaches.
- Prepare quinoa and dress it up to have on-hand for lunches and dinners.
- Roll minimally-processed turkey or chicken deli slices over a mozzarella cheese stick. Top it with fresh tomato slices and basil for garnish.
- Look to whole foods before buying vitamin and mineral supplements.
- Nix the soda and juice projects for water served with fresh pieces of fruit.
- Shop at a local farmers market vs. a supermarket when possible.
- Prepare your own soups filled with fresh veggies for added texture.
If you’re used to eating a highly-processed diet, eating whole may take some getting used to. But, throughout time, you’ll notice it becomes easier and benefits your health in so many ways!