Before you give up processed food, here are five things you should know. Some of these are myths that I’m busting and others are just the facts to help you get over that initial hump of change. Either way, it’s the perfect time of year for change, and this is one change you will NOT regret!
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5 Things To Know Before You Give Up Processed Food
- You will not starve.
Funny enough, that was a common response we got when we first told friends about our plan to cut out processed food. If you can only eat packaged food that has five or fewer whole ingredients, what is there left to eat? Plenty, I promise! It takes some time to figure out your new go-to meals and snacks, but this reaction just goes to show how dependent Americans have become on processed, packaged foods!
- You will not feel deprived (for the most part).
I honestly feel more spoiled getting to eat real, wholesome, made-from-scratch food compared to the alternative. How could a package of factory-made cookies taste better than the homemade version? How could a burger from the drive-through possibly be better tasting than one off your own grill? If you are concerned about missing your refined, white grains – I agree, that’s a valid one. But there’s plenty of hope when it comes to making the switch.
- Real food is more filling.
You oftentimes need less real food to fill up because it will stick with you longer than the processed stuff. Refined grains, sugar, and other processed foods are just empty calories that simply won’t fill you up like a dense, made-from-scratch piece of whole-wheat bread (for just one example!).
- Change is hard – including this.
Completely changing how you food shop and cook for your family is no easy task! Trust me, I’ve been there because we did a complete 180 ourselves when we first got started six years ago (sleepless nights included!). The point is, even though abandoning your current routine won’t be easy at first, don’t let it stop you.
- It can become your new normal.
It will take time, but eventually you can quickly grab your new go-to (whole grain!) crackers or flour or whatever it is off the shelf at the store and it won’t feel like such an insurmountable challenge to make the right choices anymore.
Despite all the unknown and the challenges ahead, the absolute best thing you can do is to not overthink any of this and just start. A great way to do that right now is with our Real Food Mini-Pledge Program, which we are offering for the next few weeks only. Check it out!