Transitioning To a Wholefoods Diet
Eating a diet rich in wholefoods is a great way to increase our vitality as well as keeping our nervous and endocrine systems more balanced (mostly due to less sugars) so that we are able to rest more deeply when our bodies call upon it. The combination of these two makes for greater overall health and well-being and is the basic foundation that a wholefoods diet can offer us.
When transitioning to a wholefoods diet, it can often take time to make the necessary changes, but it is certainly time worth taking to ensure we lay a solid new foundation that we won’t easily stray from.
Here are a few recommendations when moving away from processed or fast foods:
No pressure – The old saying ‘Rome wasn’t built in day’ is most certainly true in this case. It takes time to let go of old habits, particularly when they have been around for a while. Don’t put pressure on yourself to be perfect, but rather let yourself be and observe your relationship with the foods and or patterns of eating you are wanting to let go of. Let yourself feel how different foods impact on your body, as this awareness is a great starting point and also a good motivator to be able to make the changes you are wanting to make.
Get inspired with new recipes – unless you are eating a raw food diet, wholefoods generally take a bit of time and effort to prepare. For those who enjoy cooking this is a great thing, but for those who aren’t so keen, this can be a good reason to give up and head for the easy fix packet or take out option. For this reason it’s great to inspire yourself with new recipes and try different things to keep you motivated in the kitchen. Try signing up to a few recipe blogs (ours is awesome of course) that send out new recipes regularly or purchase a couple of good cookbooks. We recommend My Darling Lemon Thyme as a great recipe book and blog that promotes a wholefood diet, however there are many more out there.
Shop in your local wholefoods store – buying in bulk foods stores that do not sell processed and packaged food is a great way of supporting your wholefoods diet and also contributes to less packaging waste in your local community.
Combine your diet with exercise – Regular exercise and a wholefoods diet is a winning combination if we are looking to increase our vitality and well-being. The two go hand in hand and quite often one will motivate the other.
Be your own best friend – It’s so important when we are making any changes in ourselves that we are patient and supportive. Beating ourselves up when we seemingly slip up can be more harmful then eating the food itself. So, if you do fall off the wagon, be understanding with yourself and simply hop back on.
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