So, I’m pretty passionate about health. I bet you never would’ve guessed.
When I look back over my path from secretly gobbling pints of ice cream, a 12-pack+ of diet soda a day, and bottles (and bottles) of wine, to regular breakfast smoothies and actually looking forward to a spot of exercise in the morning (man, I’m a cranky grump without it), it kind of tickles me pink. What a fun ride. High highs and low lows. I still have some scars from scraping my face repeatedly on the ground of the pit — somehow they look more like beauty marks to me now.
Anyway, I digress.
Today, I’ve got a tip that will seriously improve your health if implemented. Yup, seriously. Now note: this is NOT a magic bullet, quick fix, or “lose weight to get back to your birth poundage” tip. If that’s up your alley, feel free to check out another site. This is for folks in it for the long haul, who want to rock out good health and weight happiness on a sustainable level and are willing to do the work to bring on the glow.
Without further ado, here it is:
What do I mean by that, you ask? My A to your Q: Start where you are and go from there.
Some folks need and thrive with black-and-white boundaries and may be able to change many parts of their diet at once; if you’re one of these folks, awesome sauce — totally go for it. I’m not one of those folks. Hence where upgrading comes in.
Say you or your kids like hot dogs. Cool. The next time you go grocery shopping, look for a package that is all beef without added hormones or antibiotics; some organic version are even available (Applegate carries some tasty dogs we dig). On the bun end, look for a package containing ingredients you can recognize and read out loud without a dictionary or Dr. Google. If you’re feeling adventurous, extend the upgrades to your condiments: look for ketchup, mustard, relish, etc., containing recognizable ingredients. Go for stuff grown from a plant rather than stuff made in a plant.
When you’re ready to branch out further, see where you can add in some fresh fruit to a meal (slice an apple) or a few fresh or frozen veggies (love me some frozen broccoli in a pinch). Aim to add a spoonful of extra color to your plate from veggies or fruit at each meal. Go for it with kids, even if they don’t eat it the first (or 15th) time — hey, they’re getting familiar with something different even if just looking at it. When you’re up for more, add a second spoonful of another color.
Maybe it seems like a small thing; maybe you’re shaking your head. That’s okay, I’ve rolled my eyes many a time. And what I keep coming back to because I’ve found it works for me: upgrading with baby steps.
With a little something each day or week, it’ll knock your socks off where you’ll find yourself the next month and the next year (without breaking your budget, schedule, or finding yourself wailing in the corner, sure you’re a failure, trying 20 things at once). Seriously — mind blown.
If you’re feeling the itch to change up the food status quo, what’s one thing you could do today? It’d tickle me purple to know: leave a comment below.