5 All-Inclusive Steps to Ditching Processed Foods

by lydia on March 30, 2016


One of the best steps you can take towards better health is to simply ditch processed foods and transition to real whole foods. To some, that could mean entirely gutting your pantry leaving nothing left to utilize in your kitchen and needing to make a clean start. In an effort to help those who want to take it one step at a time, let me break it down for you in order of importance (at least how I see it).

The top two things you should change in your S.A.D. pantry to make it a REAL FOOD pantry are the fats/oils and meats you choose and consume.

Today, I am going to show you how to make this transition in five all-inclusive steps. I will take you through every aspect of food: fats, oils, meat, eggs, dairy, seafood, soda, juice, beverages, condiments, dips, sauces, spreads, and salsas.

Step 1
How to Ditch Processed Foods:
What Fats Should You Be Consuming?

You have probably heard the politically ‘correct’ nutrition advice that you should reduce intake of fats in your diet, particularly saturated animal fats. However, the low fat craze hasn’t really worked, just look at the increase in obesity in our nation, along with diabetes, heart conditions as well as a whole plethora of other issues. Fats from animal and vegetable sources provide a concentrated source of energy in the diet; they also provide the building blocks for cell membranes and a variety of hormones and hormone-like substances. Keep reading all about it here!

Step 2
How To Ditch Processed Foods:
Choosing Healthy Meat, Eggs, Dairy & Seafood

What it comes down to with meat, eggs, dairy, and seafood is what those animals are eating in their habitats. Animals raised on factory farms are hardly what nature intended. Fed with chemically grown and fertilized feed, feed that is not native to the animals true diet, crowded into pens and stalls standing in their own filth and refuse, unable to roam and graze as nature intended. These animals are bred solely for a profit, and in doing so, become very unhealthy. We rely on the consumption of animals for our protein intake. Daily consumption of proteins is critical to optimal physical function and health. Learn more about sourcing and protein amounts here!

Step 3
How to Ditch Processed Foods:
Replacing Soda, Juice and Other Sugary Beverages

Are you one of the 50% of Americans that drink soda, juice or other sugary beverages daily? The good ole U.S. of A. is #1 in its ranking of soda consumption compared to any other country. Yikes! Perhaps some people don’t even think about the health implications since it is so commonly accepted, so easy to get and not to mention CHEAP. Please read this post and consider making the transition off of those health-harming beverages to healthier choices!

Step 4
How To Ditch Processed Foods:
Replacing Condiments

Have you ever taken the time to look at the labels on the condiments you buy at the store? Most often you will find plenty of undesirable ingredients, like excess sugar and bad fats. Most of us alive today are all too familiar with having a refrigerator door full of condiments at our ready; however, what we don’t realize is how these ‘trivial’ additions to our food are potentially harming our health. Traditional cultures would have made their own condiments, and they would have been very basic and simple, not in excess. Things like raw and aged vinegars, naturally fermented soy sauce, tamari and miso. As we moved into the modern age where food no longer came from the hearth and home, things got more complicated. Let me walk you through the best, the decent, and the worst. I’ll show you how to ditch processed condiments here!

Step 5
How To Ditch Processed Foods:
Dips, Sauces, Spreads & Salsas

What’s the harm in a little bit of ketchup? Or enjoying some on-the-go hummus? Or grabbing that salsa in a jar? How can something so small really affect your health? I understand these thoughts and how so little may not seem like a lot. The problem isn’t in the little minuscule ingredients in these pre-packaged kitchen items. The problem lies in that these seemingly small amount of ingredients are in ALL of the grocery-boxed, jarred, pre-made, and grab-n-go items. What ends up happening is that you have a little bit of added sugar in your ketchup on your sandwich, even more in your salad dressing, and a ton in your salsa. Next, you know you’re way over your desired sugar intake limit that you set for yourself with your health goals. Let alone all the other additives and preservatives that are in those items, adding up and creating inflammation in your body. I break it all down for you here and inspire you to make these changes here!

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I hope these 5 steps really encourage you and support you through this journey to ditch processed foods. Let me know how it’s going for you in the comments area below!



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Kelly April 1, 2016 at 2:29 pm

I’ve been wanting to get away from processed foods and sugar for awhile now but kept putting it off. These tips are so helpful and make it sound so easy. I’m going to start ditching these types of foods next week! Thanks for sharing :)

lydia April 3, 2016 at 9:11 am

That’s great – glad this post inspired you Kelly!

Lynnie Berry April 29, 2016 at 3:00 pm

Hi! I just signed up for the free newsletter but I didn’t sign up on the area that offered your “Ditch It” ebook to go along with my subscription. Am I still qualified to receive it? If so, how may I go about receiving it? Do I have to sign up again? Thank you! Lynnie

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