How To Eat Less Processed Foods
Moving away from pre-made and packaged foods and going back to basics at mealtime is good for your health (and your grocery budget, if it’s done right!).
Reducing your intake of heavily processed and packaged foods has lots of health benefits. This includes a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer, but for many people it sounds, well, daunting. It doesn’t have to be, says Wendy McCallum, a natural nutrition clinical practitioner, food coach and educator in Halifax, NS, and author of The Real Food Solution and No More Junk Food!
Her advice is to make changes slowly instead of all at once, and be patient as your palate adjusts. Remember: packaged foods and restaurant meals are typically high in salt, fat and sugar, which can make healthy homemade fare seem bland by comparison.
“When you eat real food, you’re eating food that is naturally lower in sugar and sodium, free of harmful artificial fats, high in fibre, nutrient dense and, generally speaking, lower in calories,” she says. “So, gram per gram, you tend to get more nutrition and fibre and fewer calories,” says McCallum. You really can’t go wrong with that.
Ready to give it a go? Pick up some (or all) of these healthy habits of people who don’t eat a lot of processed foods.