2014: 5 Ways to Start Eating Healthier

I'm definitely not a health expert (and if I were, another health expert would contradict everything I said, ha!) but over the past year I've definitely made some huge changes with the way I eat (especially after completing whole30 that one time).  The past year I've ready so many articles that discuss food and how huge of an effect it has on everything about us - down to the way our cells work, our DNA, how our body fights viruses and disease up to how we sleep, perform, think, act, feel, etc.  I can't ignore food and what I nourish my body with anymore. Ignorance really is bliss in this case.  So I thought I'd share 5 ways to start eating healthier this year.  Have you been doing anything new?

1. Drink Your Coffee Black.  
I know you can do it! (If you don't already...) After YEARS - like I remember drinking coffee when I was in elementary school (ok, most of it was milk but it was a treat!) of two spoonfuls of sugar and milk in my coffee (a couple times/day) I made the transition almost a year ago and have never looked back. It will take time...it's an acquired taste and then I promise you'll start to look forward to your coffee just as much as before

2. Substitute Pasta Noodles with Zucchini Noodles
After completing my first whole30 (in which you can't have carbs for 30 days) one of the things that I kept going with was julienning zucchinis for noodles. I love zucchini in the first place and this is just one way to feel less huge after eating a pasta dish and to increase your vegetable intake.

3. Substitute Cauliflower for Rice
It's so easy - you only need to chop a head of cauliflower in the food processor, put it in the microwave and you have a rice substitute to mix in to whatever it is that you are making. Brilliant. (here is the simple steps for cauliflower rice)

4. Use Coconut Oil/Ghee
I used to cook anything that involved a pan with tons of butter. Instead now I use coconut oil or ghee - but mostly coconut oil. Its quite handy for sauteing, greasing pans, putting on your sweet potato, etc. 

5. Cut Sugar. 
I think sugar is EVIL. I'm in the midst of my 2nd Whole30 so i've cut sugar for 30 days in a row once before. Its amazing but after 30 days my taste for sugar had lowered drastically - it's always tempting but I just didn't want it because it was too sweet. Not to mention, I felt awful the first few times I had it after the 30 days. So I recommend cutting it where you can...there are so many alternatives (also, its in everything). When baking, try cutting it in half or substituting dates. Focus on healthier snacks like dried fruit (w/o sugar), healthy alternative muffins, nuts, fruits, avocado, etc).

Eating healthy, whatever that means to you - whether its Vegetarian or Paleo - is a lifestyle and it's a huge change to commit to.  But, its do-able - it's only learning a new way of cooking - and once you've gotten used to all the substitutions and what to reach for...it turns completely normal..a new normal.

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