Whole Foods for Whole-Body Wellness
When you first start trying to lose weight, so much focus is frequently put on how much you are eating, that sometimes this distracts from the focus of what you are eating. There is no question that eating heavily processed foods is bad for your waist-line, but how exactly are you able to avoid them? It takes more than avoiding the drive-thru window to avoid eating processed foods. The freezer aisle is full of them, as is the average pantry. From staples like mac and cheese to frozen pizzas, what does it take to eat a diet that is rich in whole foods? The answer isn’t as complicated as you may think, but it does require a bit of extra planning and diligence in preparing your meals to help you lose weight.
The Whole Food Diet
The idea of following a whole foods diet is a bit of a trend at the moment, but this is far from being something new. Whole foods refers to foods that are complete as a single ingredient. This includes meats, fruits, vegetables, and simple grains like rice and quinoa. The idea is that by cutting out items that are heavily processed (think, anything baked, fried, or ground up and turned into something totally new) then you are able to naturally reduce a lot of calories from your diet and return to a healthier way of eating.
However, simply walking around and eating plain grilled meats and raw vegetables isn’t too appetizing. The idea that a whole foods diet removes the need for all processing isn’t accurate. Instead, you need to put the time into preparing your foods from scratch.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
- Take time on the weekend to do a bit of meal prep for your lunches and dinners. There are plenty of great recipes that freeze well, meaning that you can easily stick them directly into the freezer and then enjoy them throughout the week without any food spoiling.
- Buy plenty of vegetables both fresh and frozen. You will want to cook up all the fresh veggies first, but you can use the frozen ones to help you when you are almost ready for the next trip to the food store and would otherwise be tempted to hit up the drive-thru to get you through mealtime.
- Plan your meals to intentionally have leftovers so that you can get an extra lunch portion out of every dinner. This is a great way to save money while eating healthy, too, as it doesn’t cost much more to make an extra portion, but this saves you money on purchasing lunch the next day.
Switching away from processed foods and incorporating more whole foods into your diet is a great way to improve your eating habits, but before making any changes to your meal plan you should consult with your weight loss doctor.