With the constant inundation of new fad diets, get-thin-quick gimmicks, and ever-changing food language like gluten-free, fat free, low fat, low carb, no carb, vegan, organic, soy-free, all-natural, etc., how is one supposed to sift through what will work and what won’t? Admittedly, it can be confusing, and even overwhelming. But resist the urge to throw your hands in the air and accept defeat. You do not have to change every single thing about your habits to become healthier. We’ve compiled a list of things you can do to change your mindset and habits to help you begin your journey to better health, and happiness! Pick one or two, or conquer them all! It’s up to you.

We think one of the most important things you can do to improve your health is to eliminate processed foods. Sure, we get it, processed foods are convenient, life is busy, and time is limited. BUT, eating whole foods and eliminating processed foods could add YEARS to your life, and LIFE to your years. Doesn’t that sound worth it? Here’s five of tips to get you started:

1. Meal Plan: You’ll have to carve out some time during the week to dedicate to this task (we think Sunday is a great option), but it will save you time (and calories and money!) in the long run. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?! Team up with a friend and prep your meals together to save even more money and time!

2. Grow a Garden: Plan, plant, and tend to a spring garden and you’ll have whole, organic foods literally at your fingertips. As an added bonus, gardening can burn up to a couple hundred calories per hour and is a great stress reliever!

3. Shop Smart: We all struggle with temptation, so why not avoid it! You’ve probably heard by now that most of the processed foods are in the aisles, so just cruise right past them and stick to the perimeter of the store. Or, order your groceries online and avoid the store altogether.

4. Sip Sensibly: Kick the soft drink habit! And while you’re at it, the processed juices, energy drinks, and other sugar filled beverages. Even the diet version of these drinks are full of ingredients you can’t pronounce, which is a good indication that you shouldn’t consume it.

5. Forget Fast Food: If you are getting your food through a window chances are it’s not real, whole foods. If you make one conscious healthy decision towards eliminating processed foods, this is where you should start.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you transition to a healthier, whole-foods based lifestyle, schedule a FREE nutritional consultation. To access more healthy living tips become a part of our Facebook community.