In the spirit of sharing a “recipe” as others have done, I offer these simple steps for reducing your exposure to toxins in food, whether they were added during processing, packaging, or from environmental contamination.
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While everyone’s individual story is different, we all tend to move through the same five stages on the way from processed food to real food. And the more I shared about this idea, the more I could see how empowering it is to know what stage you’re in and what terrain lies ahead.
I have a rule about unprocessed food: Whatever I buy gets eaten twice. The ripe figs dazzle me in my yogurt this morning, topped with toasted walnuts and honey. The rest will appear as tomorrow’s appetizer, broiled with goat cheese. My roasted chicken makes an elegant dinner, and then I shred the remains for salad the next day. It sounds rather gourmet, doesn’t it? But I haven’t planned it that way.
You have to start from where you are, not where you want to be.
We actually have the power to create a shift in our thinking toward better general health just by making small changes in our daily decisions – simple things like choosing to cook at home more, adding more fruits and veggies to the grocery list, swapping out one processed food for an unprocessed alternative.
Snack time can be a toughie, I know. Especially with kids. My family loves nuts, and snack on a variety like pistachios, almonds and cashews. Bring on the veggie chips, too. Alternative chips like sweet potato, kale and seaweed are great choices to replace that bag of cheese puffs.
I know Andrew wants us to go wholly October Unprocessed, but I’m guessing that even for many regular readers that’s a loftier goal than we’re ready, willing, or able to meet. Well I’d like to take my guest posting opportunity and offer you an easily doable, no-excuses way out.
The foundation of unprocessed eating is a healthy pantry, so here are ten simple rules for cleaning out the junk.