There are many reasons to learn more about the whole food diet. Whole foods are generally considered foods that are natural, unprocessed, and free from genetically-enhanced ingredients. Whole foods have been feeding humans naturally for thousands and thousands of years. Its no surprise that interest in eating this way is booming; America’s common diet is full of additives, chemicals, and unnaturally processed ingredients. And this way of eating is making people sick.
Proponents of the whole food diet believe that eating whole foods is healthier and can be a great way to feel better and lose weight. Further WebMD says that switching to a more whole way of eating is a great way to boost phytochemicals, fiber, and good fats in your diet. Here are some simple guidelines to get you started on your path towards whole foods:
- Drink plenty of water. Avoiding processed foods means cutting out soft drinks and artificial juices, too. Water will keep you hydrated and feeling good.
- Make the switch from refined grain to whole grain. White bread may seem like a wholesome choice, but the grain in refined flour is very far from its natural state. Look for the words “whole grain” or “whole wheat” on the package.
- Find appealing alternatives to your favorite processed foods. Finding comparable substitutes can make the switch to cooking with whole foods a lot easier. WebMD suggests swapping preservative-laden chicken nuggets for organic skinless chicken, or choosing a baked potato with light sour cream over a bag of potato chips.
- Focus on the calories. The point of undertaking the whole foods diet is to make a commitment back to more natural, healthful food. If the choice is between a delicious organic in-season avocado and skipping a meal to reduce your overall calories, choose the avocado. The last thing you need to stress your body by depriving it of what it needs.
- Load up on carbohydrates. Part of eating whole foods includes eating whole grain, but try to focus on fruits, veggies, and lean proteins instead.
- “The Whole Foods Diet”, WebMD
- “The Whole Foods Diet”, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
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