Whole Food Nutrition:
Ideas for Busy Families

It's true: whole food nutrition can be a challenge for a busy family always on the go. But everyone functions better on a diet of natural organic foods, and eating right is well worth the effort. So how do you achieve a healthy eating diet plan as painlessly as possible? Start with these basics.

  • Trash the junk. Rid your cupboards (and never buy again) all items with these ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, white sugar, white flour, artificial ingredients, stabilizers, preservatives, and anything with a long list of ingredients you can't pronounce.

  • Replace it all with organic natural food. Stock your cupboards and pantry with whole grains (not just whole grain products, unless they are prepared properly by soaking/ sprouting methods).

  • Use natural, minimally processed sweeteners (Rapadura, sucanat, stevia, maple syrup and raw honey) in moderation.

  • Purchase organic salad greens and vegetables and prepare an organic natural food dish, such as a raw salad, at least once daily. Make two days' worth at once to save time; store in the refrigerator between meals.

  • Buy local food as often as possible. Check out Eat Wild to find local, grass-fed animal products and fresh produce.

  • Make a weekly or monthly menu to save time and help you stay on track. Post the menu where the whole family can see it. Divide up mealtime tasks and write them down on a chore list.

  • Make chicken stock and beef broth in large quantities and freeze some for future use.

  • Invest in a good natural foods cook book, such as Sally Fallon's Nourishing Traditions or Full Moon Feast by Jessica Prentice. Try a new recipe each week to find ones your family loves.

Transitioning to a whole food nutrition approach is daunting at times. However, with natural wellness and health as your goal, taking baby steps to get there will pay off, big time. Enjoy the journey!

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