Tips for Transitioning to a Whole Foods Lifestyle which is also known as a Clean Eating Diet as a long-term way of life.
If you are brand new to Whole Foods, the following tips will helpful, to the rest of us it is a great review. They will help you properly plan for a clean eating lifestyle and figure out how to properly transition into the lifestyle full time.
Track Your Current Diet
Before you begin to transition to a Whole Foods clean eating diet, it can be really helpful to take stock of what you currently eat. This helps because you know what foods you currently eat that are allowed on the clean eating diet, but also in what areas you struggle with the most. If you find that eating cheese is in about every meal, that will be something you will want to adjust along the way. At the beginning, You might be better off with a more gradual transition, switching just one meal or snack a day at a time until eventually you eat all meals cleanly and reduce your cheese unless it comes from grass-fed cows. If you already eat a good amount of foods allowed in the clean eating lifestyle, you can probably transition to it a bit faster.
Begin Gathering Recipes
Once you know what you can and can’t eat on a Whole Foods clean eating diet, you should start compiling recipes. Check online sites like Pinterest for ideas, buy cookbooks to keep at home, or get digital copies for your tablet and smartphone. You can also just check recipe sites and pay close attention to their titles and tags, as that will let you know if it is approved by a clean eating diet or not. Another good place for finding clean eating recipes is by checking out blogs specifically dedicated to clean eating such as https://yourwholefoodschef.com. Also keep in mind that while there are some differences, keto and Paleo diets are pretty close, so check out blogs for those diets as well. To help during the challenge, we have a facebook group where we can share recipes. Whole Foods Weightloss Blog Network. If you have not joined, please do, we already have a few recipes posted there to help you get started.
Start Replacing White Refined Carbs
This is a good way to begin making the transition to a clean eating lifestyle, since it is only a small change but makes a drastic difference. With clean eating, you can have some complex carbs, but you want to try and reduce your refined simple carbs as much as possible. To do this, begin by replacing all white bread, white rice, and white flour with other grains. For bread, go with a sprouted or whole grain bread, choose brown rice or quinoa instead of white rice, and to reduce white flour, choose brown rice pasta.
These adjustments are going to take a little time. Do not try to do them all at once. Pick one or two items a week and make the switch. The weight loss will be a little slower than it is on some of those fad diets, but the results will be long term.
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