Baby Steps

Join the Resolution Reboot

HAPPY 2017 πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸΎπŸ₯‚πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ’š And hope you all enjoyed a very festive holiday!!

So let's just get down to this, howabout?? It's the time of year when many folks make that old time traditional resolution to "eat healthier". And if this is you -- how is it going?

If you are feeling a bit stuck, then please consider joining me & Tim on a πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Resolution Reboot. That same 21-Day Sugar Detox Program that we completed in August, remember? Well . . . Tim & I are at it again. Because it never hurts to push that good ole "Reset Button" now & then. Just to make sure we keep staying the course on our Real Food journey.

And this time around, I am inviting everyone and anyone to join us in this experience. It's a GREAT way to jump start your Real Food journey. And if the concept of 21 days without sugar makes you fearful πŸ‘»πŸ‘ΉπŸ˜ˆ Please -- no worries -- because I will be with you all . . . the . . .way πŸ™πŸ½πŸ‘ŠπŸ½πŸ’₯

I've created a Closed Facebook Group to serve as a Community Forum. So I'll be sharing my personal meal plans, shopping lists, recipes, and insights. This is all in addition to the support offered by the 21DSD Program itself πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™‹πŸ½β€οΈ

And as I tell folks who have expressed interest (and even fear), the ultimate goal -- and where I will focus my support -- is helping you develop the skills to live a sustainable Real Food lifestyle post-detox. And finding a healthy, happy space for sugar in your life. Because it is absolutely unrealistic to live without sugar. But it is totally Realistic to find balance πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ˜€πŸ˜

So please consider this Program. And if you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to Contact me. I LOVE questions and can geek out on Real Food topics all the live long day!!

5 Real Food Baby Steps

Now, if you really aren't feeling a sugar detox. And that's totally fine πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½πŸ‘πŸ½ But you still want to find ways to start your Real Food journey. Here are 5 Baby Steps to launch into the Real Food Movement:

Consider asking better questions in order to make better decisions about food. This was one of the first Posts I wrote. And it was so well-received, I made it into a permanent feature on my site. The article discusses why Processed, particularly ultra-processed foods, are bad choices. And if you can start to focus the concept of understanding food along a spectrum of:

Real Food -----------------------------------------------------> Ultra-Processed Junk

then this may be an easier approach to eating healthier. Please CLICK HERE to read this article πŸ‘‰πŸ½ First Steps.

Know what is in your food! When you shop, take time to read the INGREDIENTS LABELS of all packaged foods. Not all packaged foods are bad. So learn how to read this "ingredients". And always try to choose the least processed foods.

To help you learn this skill (of reading ingredient labels), here are links to 3 articles:

πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Real Food Guidelines - There's a lot of info in this article. But try focusing on the first section titled: "Avoid Foods Made with These Ingredients". Because sometimes it is easier to know what to avoid.

πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Ingredient Labels - This is an example of how reading ingredients labels can guide you to better Real Food choices.

πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Hidden Sugars - Another example of how to read ingredients labels to spot (and thus avoid) hidden sugars in food.

Shop the Perimeter: A very effective way to make sure you are eating more Real Food is to fill your grocery cart with these nutritiously, delicious treats πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ And you will find the best Real Food options along the perimeter of the store. So shop the perimeter first. And here is an article to help you plan a strategy to do this πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Perimeter Shopping.

Real Food on a Budget: "Real Food is expensive." I hear this a lot. And yes -- it seem pricier. But there are practices you can put in place to make Real Food more affordable. Here are 2 articles to help:

πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Budgeting Tips

πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Consider Price Per Meal

Be Realistic! This is YOUR journey. So go at your own pace.

A sugar detox may not (ever) be in your game plan. And that's perfectly OK.

If you travel a lot, you may not always be in control of ingredients or meals. But you can still progress. Ask questions before ordering at restaurants, and ask if adjustments in the preparation are possible. Here is an article that can help πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Restaurant Tips. Choose hotels and restaurants that will offer more options for you and bring snacks for travel days.  Or try to stop at a local grocery store to buy Real Food that you can store in your hotel room.

If you are not confident with your cooking skills, learn some basic recipes with staple foods. Then slowly incorporate more cooking into your routine so that it never feels overwhelming. And here is a link to an article that may help with meal prep πŸ‘‰πŸ½ Batch Prepping.

So that's all for now. And probably more than enough to get your started on your journey. Hope this helps and ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS feel free to Contact me with any questions. Particularly if you are feeling stuck. I am here for your Real Food success πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™‹πŸ½πŸ˜