Sometimes it’s good for our bodies to cut out processed foods every once in awhile. It’s easier to take small steps rather than doing it all at once. Here are some great tips by Lisa Leake to cut out processed foods in weeks.
Week one: Eat a minimum of two different fruits or vegetables (preferably organic) with every breakfast, lunch, and dinner meal.
Week two: Beverages will be limited to coffee, tea, water, and milk (only naturally sweetened with a little honey or 100% pure maple syrup)
Week three: All meat consumed this week will be locally raised and will be limited to 3-4 times per week
Week four: No fast food or any foods that have been deep-fried in oil.
Week five: Try a minimum of two new whole foods that you’ve never had before.
Week six: Do not eat any food products that are labeled as “low-fat,” “lite,” “light,” “reduced fat,” or “nonfat.”
Week seven: All grains consumed must be 100% whole-grain.
Week eight: Listen to your internal cues and stop eating when you feel full.
Week nine: No refined or artificial sweeteners.
Week ten: No refined or hydrogenated oil
Week eleven: Eat at least 1 locally grown or raised food at each meal.
Week twelve: Avoid all added sweeteners.
Week thirteen: Avoid any and all packaged food products that contain more than five ingredients no matter what ingredients
Author: Lisa Leake– Lisa Leake is a wife, mother, foodie, and blogger who chronicles her family’s journey on 100daysofrealfood.com as they seek out the real food in our processed food world. Projects include a 100-day pledge to avoid all processed foods and refined ingredients as well as another 100-day pledge on a food stamp budget. Leake’s award-winning blog is receiving national attention from big names like Rachael Ray, Jamie Oliver, and Yahoo! and has also been turned into a nationally syndicated newspaper column.
For more information: http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/steps-to-cut-processed-food.html