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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

10 Simple Steps to a Whole Food Lifestyle (Part 2)

Now that you have switched out the low-quality oils and fats in your house for better ones (or if you missed it, go back to Step 1), it's time for what I am suggesting as Step 2 in moving toward a whole food lifestyle. 

You can implement these steps in the order that best fits your life, if you find a need for a different order. I am suggesting the steps in this specific order based on simplicity, do-ability (new word?), & sustainability. These steps tend to build on the previous ones. I want you to be successful in this transition, so that you actually keep doing it as a lifestyle change. I am aiming for easy to understand and DO. Let's get to it! 

Step 2: Smart Snacking & Prep

All it takes is a little observation to come to the realization that we have a real "snacking/food problem" in our world today. People seem to be eating a whole lot of NOT. REAL. FOOD. Most "foods" that are consumed for snacks (and meals) come out of some kind of box or package. Those are chemical compilations, formulated to get you addicted to them. Even if they have been "enriched" with something "awesome" they still aren't food. And our bodies don't know what to do with it. Gold Fish Crackers and Fruit Snacks... don't even get me started... 

What SHOULD I snack on?

Alright, I'm off my soapbox... for now. :) Let's talk about the COUNTLESS options of real food you can snack on. Maybe the key to making a change here, is to simply get new ideas for your new normal.

So you know, you will likely snack less and less as you incorporate more/mostly whole foods into your diet. This is mostly because you won't be nearly as hungry as often, especially if you are eating nourishing, satiating meals. But until that point, or when you just need a snack, have great options that are convenient and ready to grab and go if necessary. 

Our Favorite Snacks (when we need them):

  • Homemade jerky - Check the label before you buy any. There's often low quality oils, sugar, and other chemicals in them. 
  • Homemade Fruit leather (the Stretch Island brand isn't too bad either)
  • Cut up veggies - cucumbers, carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
  • Boiled eggs
  • Olives
  • Mixed raw or lightly toasted nuts
  • Jackson's Honest Sweet Potato Chips (made with coconut oil, remember Step 1? They are cheaper if you get them on Thrive)
  • Piece of fruit - Apples & clementines are convenient and taste better in the Fall & Winter. I prefer snacking on all types of berries when they are in season for the Spring & Summer. 
  • Seaweed Strips - I suggest the Nori Sheets since they usually don't have added oils or salt. Both my kids eat them! They are great to help with the all-too-common iodine deficiencies too (had many sea vegetables lately??? Yeah, me either).
  • 85% Dark Chocolate - It might take a while to grow on you but once it does, you won't go back!
  • Real Food Snack Bars - Lara Bars, Kit's Bars, EXO Bars, & Epic Bars are all pretty good and most of them are a better price on Thrive. If you have a few minutes and want to save a few bucks, make your own cricket bars or protein bars!

Remember... keep it EASY so you'll do it! I love foods like baby carrots because they can easily be thrown into a little snack bag or container and are ready to eat without any prepping. They also do just fine without much refrigeration. 

Snack Prep Like a Pro

If you need to cut any foods up, I'd suggest doing it in batches so that you have a multiple options that are easy to pack to work or grab when you need them. Real food has to be convenient, otherwise we'll reach for other things that are, like packaged foods, if they are around the house... On that note, stop buying them and make the decision making even easier! When you have a minute, check out my previous post here on snacking and the thoughts I shared on rocking your snacking food prep. 

Keep trying different foods for snacks and ways of eating them until you figure out something that will work for you and your family. Not everyone in your family will like to snack on the exact same foods and that's totally okay! Have options, keep offering, and tastes will often change. 

So there it is. Pack some real food snacks today to get you through the next few days. If you don't have anything, stop by the store so you have good options readily available.

Let me know how it's going or if you have any questions. Step 3 up next!