The way that you eat plays a big role in your ability to transform your life physically, and whole foods are an important part of a healthy diet. Read on to find out why!
Whole foods are foods that either haven’t been processed at all or have been processed as little as possible. This means keeping everything as close to its natural form as possible. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and meat all fall into this category.
Whole foods are an important part of any healthy lifestyle because they traditionally offer more nutrients than processed foods, including essential vitamins and minerals. They also have less sodium, added sugars, and trans fats. That’s why the food list you’ll find in your My First 28 Days brochure features a lot of whole foods—they’re packed with the nutrients you need to thrive!
Of course, it’s important to remember that you don’t need to only eat whole foods to transform your life. Whole-grain breads and pastas, for example, are great carbohydrate options that can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Rather than thinking of whole foods as an all-or-nothing endeavor, work to strike a healthy balance!
Tips for Eating More Whole Foods
If you’re looking to add more whole foods into your diet, these tips will come in handy!
- Most whole foods are in their natural form and don’t have nutritional panels—fresh fruits and vegetables, for example—but some do have labels. Read them carefully! Even foods marketed as healthy can have added sugars, trans fats, and sodium.
- Grocery stores usually have fresh produce around the perimeter of the store and processed foods in the middle aisles. Keep that in mind as you shop, and you’ll find it much easier to choose whole foods.
- The way you prepare whole foods is important. Don’t strip away the nutrients by dropping your chicken in the deep-fryer or pouring cheese sauce all over your veggies! Instead, stick with baking or grilling, and use seasonings or herbs rather than heavy sauces.
- Embrace food swaps. For example, if you usually make chicken salad using mayo, try using avocado instead. Choose brown rice over white rice, and whole-grain bread over white bread. These are small changes, but they add up!
Whole foods are a great way to work toward optimal health, so make them a focus in your diet. For more tips for transforming your life physically, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!