Clothes trends from the past are always revisiting the world of fashion and are often even more popular the second (or third) time around. Flares, crop tops, and platform shoes have all been trends more than once in the past few decades. And now, a similar kind of cycle is happening with food. However, instead of people revisiting certain food trends of the past, it’s more of case of going back to the basics and getting rid of all those extra modern additives. Not only is this a healthier option, if done right, it’s cheaper too.
You may be wondering where you even begin in making such a drastic lifestyle change. And, that’s where we come in. Here in this article we’re going to share with you some of the steps to tackle in making this transition. Don’t worry. It’s really not as hard as it seems and will do you the world of good.
Here are some great tips to help you get back to the basics with food:
- Banish the Chemicals
One of the main problems with modern day food is that it’s packed full of man-made chemicals such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) and sodium nitrite. And while these are doing some good in helping to preserve food, or enhance the flavour of it, they aren’t too good for us, on the whole. The human body was not designed to digest such additives, and doing so, can cause a great deal of health issues.
Instead of simply grabbing off the shelf whatever looks convenient, take a few moments to really think about what’s in the product’s you’re about to choose. Is it laden with additives such as food colourings and preservatives? If so, is there a more healthy alternative on the shelf? Or even better, can you make it yourself? Cooking food yourself from scratch is the best way to ensure you’re getting all the goodness you do want and nothing harmful that your body would be better without.
- Get Creative
Getting healthy doesn’t have to be boring and tasteless. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. If you’re now deciding to switch to a healthier, more natural diet, then there’s no doubt you’re going to experience quite a few new foods. As you begin to eliminate all those unhealthy processed foods, look for tasty, healthier alternatives to use in replace of them. Soon, you’ll have a whole new library of food added to your pallet that’s not only yummy, but good for you too. In addition to that, you’ll get to have fun mixing and matching your newfound favourite foods together.
- Plan Ahead
Going back to the basics of food, may sound like a simple task, but it’s actually quite a large feat for most people. Over the past few decades, we as humans have made it all too easy for ourselves in terms of our food, and as a result we’ve created a load of tasty, convenient food that comes in every size, shape and taste you can think of. When you say it like it doesn’t sound too bad. However, on the flip side to that, we’ve developed a load of food that our bodies are unable to digest and that are causing us a great deal of health problems.
Eating healthy has huge benefits to it, and so even if it does take a little longer to prepare, just remember that you are doing your body the world of good. To try and cut down some of the time it takes to cook from scratch, why not consider planning your meals in advance and cooking up food in batches to freeze portions for later. Knowing what you’re eating in advance will cut down the time it takes to decide and prep your food, while cooking some in advance means you just need to reheat it. Win-win!
- Treat Yourself
If it’s been going well for a while and you’ve stuck to your guns as you should, then why not treat yourself to something special as a kind of reward. If you eat fresh but cook in bulk, it’s almost guaranteed you’re your food bills will be less each week. So why not use that money to splurge a little? That doesn’t mean to say you should undo all your hard work. Instead, why not buy that new top you’ve been looking at or, even better, treat yourself to a spa treatment?
It won’t be long before you’ll notice the difference in both your general health and your bank balance after swapping to a more natural, less artificial diet. Just don’t be too hard on yourself if you do slip up every now and then. At the end of the day, we’re all human.