When trying to change to a healthy lifestyle, it can be so overwhelming! Below are 3 easy, small healthy changes to make now. They are what I’ve done and I just keep adding to the list as we go along. I found out why I was having trouble changing over to more healthy options. It was because I was trying to make a million changes at once and it’s so expensive to change quickly. It is less overwhelming to just start introducing new things slowly. By doing it slowly, you are saving you and your family of shock that can come from the different items.
1. Coconut Oil
We have been doing this for a few years now. Buy some Coconut oil and start replacing your Canola or Olive oil and your butter with Coconut oil. For example, if you are cooking chicken on the stove top use the coconut oil to cook it in. My favorite is using it to cook eggs instead of butter. If you are someone who doesn’t like coconut like my husband, you are in luck because he loves to cook with it. You don’t taste coconut in your food.
2. Unbleached Flour
Now I need to switch to gluten free however I have to have some other items to use the gluten free. So that’s coming soon. However, I have been buying unbleached flour instead of the regular for years. It doesn’t have all those nasty chemical ingredients to speed up the process. Unbleached flour ages naturally. You won’t notice a difference at least that I have seen.
3. Natural Sugars
I admit I still use table sugar for my coffee and teas. I am still learning what we can handle to replace that sugar with. However, I do know how very bad High Fructose Corn Syrup is for you. All you have to do is Google it and you will find all kinds of scary things about this. It’s in the bread we buy (there are very few that don’t have this.) It’s in our ketchup’s, cereals, soda’s. It’s in most processed foods. One of the biggest ones I’ve noticed is syrup. All of those syrups we use for our pancakes, etc. We now use maple sugar. Of course, it’s more expensive but for my son and I, we don’t get upset tummy’s when we use maple sugar. I’ve also been known to use honey instead of sugar for a lot of recipes lately.
These are very easy, small changes you can make if you are thinking about changing to healthier foods. Train yourself to take time to look at ingredients. Educate yourself on different ingredients. For example, High Fructose Corn Syrup is also called glucose-fructose. It really isn’t scary to make these changes. What is scary is what these foods we buy do to us and our family.
Try one of these and let me know how it goes! Are you ready?
Do you have any other easy changes we can make for a healthier lifestyle? Please share!