Eating Healthy – Progress not Perfection, Part 2

I hope you enjoyed the comical mental image of hysteria, depicted in last week’s post - someone frantically deciding to overnight change their entire way of living and eating.

All kidding aside, I wanted to come up with a helpful list of ideas readers could use to make manageable, bit-sized lifestyle changes in their eating choices. Here’s some “food” for thought.

You don’t have to change EVERYTHING in a single day, week, or even month. Eventually, you may change most things, or even everything, about your current eating choices, but that might be looking back a year or two from now.

A plan of action, as mentioned in last week’s post:

Pick two or three things to change about your diet, and focus on them for the next 3 – 6 months. While you incorporate these bite-sized lifestyle eating changes into your life, plan what your next two or three changes will be for the following 3 – 6 months.

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  1. Healthy Oils – Once you’ve finished up the last of your vegetable oil, start buying oils that are NOT partially hydrogenated. I’ve not tried coconut oil yet, but I’ve heard good things about it. For low/medium heating uses, or as a dressing, olive oil is good. I use a lot of olive oil and canola oil for cooking. I also have a small stash of sesame seed oil too. Do your research on butter vs. margarine.
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  3. Eliminate Artificial Sweeteners – Try some different organic sugars. There are a number of them on the market, and don’t forget about natural sweeteners like raw honey. (I plan on doing a post later this spring or early summer on raw honey.)
  4. Milk and Eggs – Switch from your regular milk to organic milk. There are other types of milk you can try too, but this is a great start. When possible, purchase range-free or cage-free eggs.
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  6. Eliminate Carbonated Drinks – This is a big one for many people. Maybe in a future post I’ll elaborate on the detrimental effects carbonated beverages can have on a person’s body. Replace these beverages with fruit juices, vegetable juices, teas, and water. I don’t drink carbonated beverages, except on VERY rare occasions. This is an easy one for me, but don’t ask me about chocolates. ;)
  7. Make Your Bread – Did you know you don’t need a bread maker to make bread? I was recently looking into what’s involved in making homemade bread. I was trying to see if I had to own a bread maker to make bread. As it turns out, a bread maker is not necessary. I guess that makes sense… how did our great, great grandparents make bread? I don’t recall ever seeing Mrs. Ingalls with a bread maker on Little House on the Prairie. Here’s a helpful link, and one I plan to revisit in a few months, when I start making our bread from scratch. I’m pretty excited about it too.
  8. Support Local Farmers’ Markets – Maybe gardening this year, even from small pots on your front porch (which is something to consider), is too much for you at this stage in your life. That’s okay. You can support your local farmers by purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables at your local farmers’ market.

Next week I’ll share 6 more ideas.

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