Diet by definition is the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.- (Dictionary.com) I have learned that the best way of converting a diet heavy in processed foods to a vegetable and fruit dense diet are all trial and error. You have to try any and every nutrient rich food yourself. Do not follow the crowd by eating kale or spinach if you don’t like them. There are many other substitute veggies that can provided you with a high nutritional value you’re looking for and that taste better to you.
It’s easy to fall off the wagon if you are forcing yourself to eat something you don’t like. I love arugula anything, cabbage, and spinach. I dislike kale and collard greens. Eat what you enjoy and eat a lot of it! Another area that you must explore are seasonings! You need to make time to cook your own food and taste different seasonings. My favorites are: paprika, curry, cumin, oregano, thyme, parsley, crushed red peppers, and many more.
My favorite snacks to have on hand include chopped watermelon and Mexican bean salad. If I wake up hungry I grab a bowl of watermelon. If I’m hungry and busy cooking my food, I’ll have the bowl of watermelon available to snack on while dinner is being cooked. If I finish a run and I need a quick bite before I go buy food, I’ll scoop a few chips of this bean salad. These two options are quick to grab and eat if prepped at the beginning of your busy week.
My favorite meals tend to combine avocado, lime, and cilantro. Easy meals I’ve included in my routine are tostadas (toppings are interchangeable and takes minutes to assemble), crock pot meals, and soups.
A good way of starting your own food journey is cleaning out your refrigerator and pantry. Simply organize what you already have. Step back and evaluate how many healthy options you have versus the unhealthy pantry staples.
Go out and try something you have never tasted. For me this was as simple as my first Acai bowl. Wow, it was as amazing as everyone said!
- What are your go to meals, good or bad?
- What are ways you save when you grocery shop?
- When was the last time you cooked a healthy meal?
- When was the last time you tried something new?