Transition to a Healthier Diet
Transitioning into a healthy whole-foods lifestyle can definitely be tricky and I realize how many obstacles you are faced with throughout the day. Are you currently fighting a chronic health condition, or are you healthy overall, but realize the need for a clean diet? The most important component of this new lifestyle is your own personal committment. Without being committed, you may struggle. I tried so many variations of diets for my arthritis over the years; I never succeeded until now. I’m hopeful my blog will help you.
When we’re faced with the reality of our daily lives it becomes a question of how do I eat this way when I’m away from home. I work full-time, my husband works full-time and the kids are at school. Where do we begin when trying to make our meals away from home the healthiest they can be? In addition to the lunch time challenge, I would also like to prepare a healthy dinner that doesn’t take up our entire evening.
This is where planning ahead and being prepared every single day will matter the most. As with anything new in life, until you get in a routine and simply get used to these changes, it will seem more difficult. You may quickly say, “the heck with this” and give up, but please don’t. I really, really want you to succeed. You will be spending more time devoted to meals and food prep, but you need to be realistic with what you are trying to accomplish. If your meals currently consist of food from cans or boxes, then yes, you will have more prep work involved. I’m not talking about an overwhelming amount of prep work, so don’t be alarmed, but it will be different from what you are currently doing. The key here is to create a “new normal” and by doing this it will become your “lifestyle” and not your “diet.”
If you are healthy overall and have no debilitating disease as your driving force, I’m sure falling back on old habits will be a temptation. You really have to want this change. I would be extremely willing to ward off any future diseases if I had known then, what I know now. We have no guarantees in life when it comes to the future of our health. With our food supply becoming so compromised, it is more important now, than it has been in the past, to make the switch to a healthier diet. We really need to take charge of the most important part of our livelihood. Do not wait until you get sick to make changes. Making this a priority is first and foremost, everything else comes second.
Stop for a moment and think about your life with a disease or illness, one that would change everything in your world. Becoming dependent on expensive medications, constant trips to the doctor for check-ups and trips to the lab for mandatory blood work, are all the things you would be facing. In addition, there’s the reality of how you’ll be feeling with this new disease. Are you able to continue working, do you have the energy to work or do the things you enjoy doing in your spare time? How much of your precious time will you now be forced to devote toward the illness versus having that extra time to relax and enjoy life? Being sick isn’t fun, and having a chronic condition is even worse. Please do not take advantage of the good health you have; at least do what you can to maintain it. Food is the first place to begin.
For those of you that are sick, and I’m not only talking about autoimmune conditions because these dietary changes are extremely important for so many other illnesses, please get started now! High cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, acid reflux, depression, eating disorders, tooth decay, overweight, and osteoporosis, just to name a few that would all see improvement with a grain-free, (no wheat) no sugar, no processed food, no artificial sweeteners diet. I know you’re thinking impossible, but trust me, it’s not. You will have less food cravings, no hunger pains, and increased energy just from getting rid of the wheat alone. I have faith in you! I’m looking forward to hearing your wonderful stories of success!
Here is an example of how these dietary changes improved my rheumatoid arthritis. The photos are of my right hand in December 2012 (before the dietary changes mentioned in this post) and the after photo which was taken last week, March of 2015! My diet transformation began in October, 2013.
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