So... where to start when trying to eat better. I’ve talked about cutting out the rubbish…processed, packaged foods!!! And starting to eat ‘real’ food, unprocessed whole natural foods. The way nature intended and those that really will make you feel your best and increase your energy and vitality. It should be easy shouldnt it? But it really isn’t! Especially when we are bombarded with so many different foods, health claims and buy one get one free deals!
So where to start
I get my fresh fruit and veggies delivered once a week so I don’t really have to think about it, and I have a good supply of fresh stuff in the fridge to keep me going all week. It’s always different depending on what’s in season and what’s growing well at the moment. I also add some of my usual staples such as eggs, butter, lemons, leafy salad veggies and sprouted beans, and then just get the rest from the supermarket. A really easy way to do it!
''The best place to start at the supermarket is around the edge''!
Spend most of your time around the fruit, veg, and fresh meat and fish section. Buy a whole array of salad bits you can just bung together from your fridge, lots of leafy veg, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, get some inspiration from what’s there and in season!
Buy other veggies to eat on their own or to go with the fresh meat and fish. Think roasted veggies, potatoes, sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, peas and asparagus. Go for plenty of fruit to add to your salad, to flavour water, eat with yoghurts, have with porridge, add to meals, or eat as a snack.
Choose your meat and fish – go for fresh salmon steaks, mackerel, chicken, turkey, beef, any good fresh bits of meat or fish but stay away from the processed stuff, good quality sausages and ham are ok occasionally.
Next, go for whole dairy products - Cheese, quality cheddar from good farmed producers, goats, cottage, any good quality cheese you like, milk, natural and Greek yoghurts. If you are looking for dairy free alternatives try almond milk, soya or coconut milk.
Don’t forget the nuts and seeds, although I do find it cheaper to buy these in bulk here. That also goes for the nut butters such as peanut butter, almond and cashew which are great to eat as a snack, have on toast or add to smoothies. Also buy some dried fruit, sultanas, dates, apricots, to add to meals.
Don’t forget chickpeas and other tinned beans.
Eggs! Always buy plenty of those!
Plenty of herbs to flavour your meals, dried or fresh. I love fresh parsley and coriander as they are so food for you and can be used in smoothies, salads or added to meals. Cinnamon for porridge and yoghurt, basil, rosemary, thyme, turmeric, cumin, coriander, any you like.
A good quality sea salt or Himalayan sea salt, cheaper here, and pepper.
Butter! A quality organic butter.
Oils – A saturated fat for cooking, I normally go for coconut oil, cheaper here, as well as use butter. Olive oil, Avocado or Macadamia oil to drizzle and make dressings.
Organic apple cider vinegar is also a great addition to your diet (Braggs or Aspalls) as it has so many health benefits. It is great as a salad dressing on its own, or mixed with olive oil. It can also be taken in water.
Bakery – a good fresh wholegrain, seeded, sprouted, rye or sourdough loaf if you are fine with wheat and gluten.
You may need to sneak into the packaged isles for oats, wholegrain pasta and rice or other grains you like.
It can be easy to eat this way, and once you have the staples in your home and know what to buy each week it gets easier to put together really quick, easy and simple meals.
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