This is our final guest post in our 2020 Reader Advice & Tips series where we invited our readers to submit guest posts with their best advice on how to cut out out processed food. Those who were chosen to be featured are receiving a signed copy of one of my cookbooks (their choice)! A big thank you to everyone who turned in a submission. We loved getting to know you!
My name is Emily. I’m a former obese fast-food junkie and pizza addict, now real food crusader and Holistic Health Coach. After trying every diet under the sun, I finally realized that I needed to focus on being healthy, not skinny, and that meant we had to cut processed foods from our family’s diet. Through that process, I lost 70 pounds and have kept it off for more than seven years. More important than the number on the scale is the way I feel. I had no idea I could have so much energy and feel so good in my skin! I can now keep up with my beautiful daughters and my handsome hubby.
The best advice I can give for cutting processed food is to have at least one backup plan for those nights when everything goes sideways. Meal planning and sticking to a meal plan is very important, but there will always be times when something comes up and you need a Plan B. On these days our family used to hit a drive-through or order a pizza. Now, our normal backup plan is to pick up a rotisserie chicken and a bag of salad. We also usually have a whole-grain pasta in the pantry, or it’s super easy to whip up a batch of homemade whole-grain pancakes with fruit and have “brinner.” Scrambled eggs loaded with veggies is always a really fast win, too!
Be aware of the restaurants around you so you know which ones have healthier, less-processed options. This can save you when you have no choice but to eat out and you’re too hungry to make wise decisions.
Having a few Plan B options in mind has helped us so many times!
Most importantly, just start. And then when you mess up (not if, but when), start again. And again, and again. No one is perfect, but keep taking baby steps toward nourishing your body with healthy, delicious, unprocessed food. As you do this, you will see a big difference in your life, and in the life of your family.
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