Whole Foods. Overwhelmed! Where Do I Start? This is is a phrase I hear from many people. It’s true! Making the transition to a whole foods lifestyle can be overwhelming. There is so much information out there. There are so very many foods on the store shelf and in our pantries. Society has told us we can eat anything and everything. Many foods that are marketed as good for health or weight loss, but they are full of artificial “foods”, chemicals. The healthcare community even recommends these fake “foods” for health or weight loss. Our government encourages us to consume these “foods” that they’ve allowed companies to manufacture not for our good, but for the benefit of their pocketbooks.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve found I can’t trust our government. They’ve not done anything for the interest of We the People in quite some time. In many cases, they are benefitting from the profits made by these companies who try to pass of chemicals as “food”, companies trying to “improve upon” what my God created for the nourishment of this body He created. Thankfully, I can trust my doctors who have actually encouraged me to eat whole foods instead prepackaged convenience “health” items. More importantly, I can trust God, and He didn’t create all of this so-called healthy, low fat, low calorie junk.
So STEP ONE in this process is to think about foods in their original form. Go back to your lessons in kindergarten about farm animals. Think about it:
- Where do we get milk and dairy products?
- Where do we get meat?
- Where do we get fruits and veggies?
Now remember how your grandparents, great-grandparents lived off of the land? They just ate food straight out of the ground. They didn’t process it with chemicals. They didn’t rush the growing and harvest process by spraying it with all kinds of junk. They worked hard in the garden doing their part, and God blessed them with a bountiful harvest.
This is where we need to begin. Go through every item in your refrigerator and pantry. This may take a while depending on your schedule, but just take it one day at a time or even one item at a time if you have to. You’ll need a piece of paper divided into three sections: “Clean”, “Processed”, “Not Sure”. If you love technology, you can even use a grocery inventory app like List Ease. You can scan the item to make an inventory list of what you have as well as make notes about the items cost, whether it is healthy, etc. List Ease will even let you keep track of when you run out of an item, and then you can transfer it to a grocery list on the app.
- Read the ingredients on an item.
- Decide whether the ingredient is natural. Is it something you or your mother or grandmother might have had in the pantry to make the item from scratch? For instance, ingredients in bread should be yeast, flour (there are different types of flour used for breads, gluten free breads, etc. but we’ll get into that later), water, sugar, salt, sometimes eggs, etc. I think you can see where I am going with this. There are no ingredients listed that I have never heard of or that are written in gibberish that I cannot pronounce.
- Look for ingredients you cannot pronounce. Use the internet to search what the ingredient is, if it is healthy, natural, clean, etc. ShopWell is an excellent online resource for looking up packaged products and they also have a mobile app for your phone so you can research foods you come across while shopping.
- If you determine it is clean, then put write it down in the clean category on your list.
- If you determine it is not clean, is processed, contains dangerous chemicals, etc then you need to decide what you are going to do with it.
- First, write down the brand name and food item in the “processed” category of your list.
- I do not recommend throwing food in the garbage with all of the hunger and starvation going on in the world, but I don’t necessarily recommend serving fake food to the hungry either. Their bodies need healthy foods more than anyone.
- I would suggest that you pray and ask for God’s guidance on what to do with that food item.
- Now decide whether to You could donate it, save it to be consumed by your family this one last time since you already spent money from your grocery budget, or throw it away. This is between you and God.
- If you aren’t sure about an item, list it under the “not sure” category and research when you have time.
Now some foods that are grown and supposedly natural can still be highly processed. When they are, their natural state is so altered that they are no longer in the state God created and intended for them to be consumed by us. We’ll get into that later. For right now, let’s just take baby steps. The key is to keep it simple.
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