This is so simple but I think that sometimes the simple stuff escapes us. So, to summarize how to make a transition from unhealthy eating to healthy eating, let me take you through 5 simple steps.
Step #1: Make a real commitment. Do not underestimate this one. The word "commitment" means that you pledge to yourself that you will accomplish something. Then you have no other option but to do it. Cut the escape route behind you to make sure that you accomplish your goals.
Step #2: Clear out the pantry of all unwanted items. If it's in your kitchen, eventually you'll eat it. Just get rid of the processed junk food. Why do you want to put something in your mouth that you consider "junk" anyway? Here is a list of things that you need to get rid of:
Potato or corn chips, Fruit or granola bars, Cookies, Crackers, Chocolates, Candy, Soft drinks, Alcohol, Instant foods, like cake mixes, mashed potatoes, and instant oatmeal, Bread crumbs, croutons, and other dried bread products, Sauces, Margarine, Fruit juice, Baked goods, Frozen desserts, Sausages, Bagels, Take-out leftovers.
Get a big bag and just throw it all away. Banish all thoughts such as "well there are people in _______ (some country) who are starving, I shouldn't throw this away." It's true that it's sad that people are starving, but the above products are not even truly food. There are overweight people in this country who are technically "starving" because they only eat this stuff, and they don't eat food. Be grateful that you have the choice to throw away "food" and go out and buy some real food.
Step #3: Re-stock your pantry. Again, if it's in your kitchen already, chances are pretty high that you'll eat it. So first you need to buy it. Here is your new shopping list (throw away the old one!):
Whole oats, Quinoa, Whole-grain pasta, Natural almond butter, Mixed nuts, Beans, Extra virgin olive oil, Apple cider vinegar, Herbal tea, Protein supplements, Flax seed oil, Green food supplement, Extra-lean beef, Chicken breasts, Salmon, Omega-3 eggs, Real cheese, At least 4 varieties of fruit, At least 5 varieties of vegetables, Sweet potatoes, Temph, Hemp seed.
There are more healthy choices, but start with the ones above. You should now have a fully-stocked pantry!
Step #4: Find recipes that use your pantry items. There are many apps out there that will help you with this. I like All Recipes myself. You simply put in what foods you have, and then you can search for recipes with those foods. It's simple, and you can eat a variety of tasty recipes. One key is that you can't pick any recipes that also contain the foods that you already got rid of. Keep it healthy! Substitute healthy foods for unhealthy, and use healthy cooking methods instead of frying, etc.
Step #5: Keep your pantry stocked and shop frequently. Whenever you get close to running out, go shopping. Keep the cupboards overflowing with the good stuff and you'll feel satisfied. You won't even have the urge to eat unhealthy. Why would you? You have everything you'd ever need!
There you go! 5 simple steps to change the way you eat. The fuel that runs this machine is motivation. Keep reminding yourself about why you're making this change and it will keep you moving forward.
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