How to get started with a whole foods diet

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I love to cook, so eating a truly healthy diet comes pretty easy. When you make everything yourself, all you have to do is make sure you have plenty of basic, healthy ingredients on hand and there's pretty much no limit to what you can make a healthy homemade version of!

Organic Steel Cut Oats

We are going through a very, very busy season in life right now and there have been plenty of compromises as far as our diet goes. When my to-do list is longer and most of my energy is going toward growing our newest family member (2 more months!!), I'm much less inclined to get up and make a big breakfast (cereal, it is!) or make bread every day. And when I say “much less inclined” I mean “We buy our bread and cereal now.” And that's okay! I can't feel guilty about this, because I know that our health is ultimately not in my hands, but in His. 


Still, I am eager to get back into our old ways of eating and do the best that I can when I can. So I've been reading a lot of blogs for inspiration and nutritional fine-tuning and making tons of lists for re-stocking the pantry – it's pretty slim-pickings right now. I'd like to list a few resources that have been incredibly helpful:

 

Poking around each of those blogs' “food/nutrition” sections has been helpful as well.

As we get back into the swing of things, I'd like to hear what you'd be interested in reading about! A few ideas I had were:

  • Weekly/Monthly Meal Plans – How our family of 3.5 eats as well as details about our food budget
  • Recipes – Meals & snacks made from scratch!
  • Preservation – Summer is a time of plenty, so there are lots of opportunities to stock up the freezer & pantry with home-preserved food!
  • Real food on the go – This is a challenge for us. Take-along foods for lunches and picnics that are convenient, healthy & inexpensive.
  • Time-saving techniques – how to fit a real food diet into a busy schedule!
I'd love to hear about anything else you're curious about and do some exploring. 🙂
Do you try to minimize processed foods in your diet? What compromises do you make during busy seasons of life? If you're just getting started, what seems especially overwhelming about the transition?

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Kylie Wiser is an herbalist, writer, and educator on plant-based living. She founded Everblossom in 2009.

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7 Responses

  1. Mama Chocolate

    I would love to hear more about all of those topics! Eating whole/real foods on a budget has been especially tricky for me lately. 😛
    When I ditch the budget, I don’t have nearly as much trouble, but…I can’t keep ditching the budget, or we’re gonna have trouble. 😉

    • Kylie Worthington

      I know EXACTLY what you mean… it is so easy when you just buy what you feel like eating but even if you think they are “budget friendly” options at the time, food adds up so quickly!

  2. Kelley @ Kelley's Passion for Nutrition

    I love this! Eating whole unprocessed foods is so much better for you! I find I stay on budget with our food when I shop ads, and I like to buy in bulk at store like Sunflower Farmers Market. We also use Bountiful baskets for great organic ans conventional Produce ($15-$25 for large box). You waste a lot of money at regular grocery stores unless you are buying ad items. Usually you won’t find coupons for whole foods either. It is still worth every penny to give your body healthier foods than substitutes.
    I wish you the best down the road to healthy eating and making it convenient! Just keep going and you will see it is not as time consuming as you think, it becomes natural steps to every day.

  3. Mrs. Settles

    Hi Kylie,
    First time visitor! I would love to know some time-saving tips. We are just beginning to venture away from processed foods and embracing whole foods.

    Blessings,
    marcia

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