Transitioning to natural foods can be a challenge because eating patterns are learned behaviors…

“Family food cultures” are passed down from generation to generation. Food behaviors are patterned by the way families relate to food… where we shop, the food we buy, food preparation, the things we eat, as well as our judgements about foods and  family meal interactions…. these factors all influence our food choices.

It takes time and planning to break food habbits and create new ones.

Below are six guidelines for transitioning to natural foods. The guidelines are for the foods you already eat, however they are  the natural alternative to conventional super market foods.

Be a food renegade- make the change to natural foods… create a “healthy food cultue” at your home and pass on good food choices and healthy life styles to the next generation!

Go for it!

Try one guideline a month. Go slow… change is hard!

 1. Buy Organic

If you’re unsure of whether there ís enough benefit to organic foods to be worthwhile, here are some facts that may help convince you to make the shift:
-More than 1 million children between the ages of 1 and 5 ingest at least 15 pesticides each day from fruits and vegetables; more than 600,000 of these children eat a dose of insecticides that the federal government considers to be unsafe.
-Americans can be exposed to nearly 70 residues each day from organic pollutants in their diets. These pollutants are not allowed in organic agriculture.
-Organic crops appear to be higher in vitamin C and essential minerals and phytonutrients.

2. Shop Locally

Support local growers and get whole foods that are unrivaled for freshness, flavor and nutrients. For more information about the benefits of locally produced foods, check out www.foodroutes.org.

3. Eat Grass-fed meats

Grass-fed farming or ranching involves raising livestock on open pasture where they’re free to roam about. There is no caging or confinement for these animals, and their diet consists of natural grasses, legumes and plants. These animals are free of antibiotics, steroids, hormones, pesticides and other foreign substances. Research has shown that grass-fed animals may be safer than food from conventionally raised animals. In fact, grass-fed beef may be lower in calories, and higher Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins.

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4. Buy Wild Fish

Wild, cold-water fish are the richest source of Omega-3s, which are known to provide a bevy of health benefits, including protection from heart disease and cancers.

Find out more about wild fish such as salmon:
www.sierraclub.org/e-files/wild_salmon.asp

5. Use Unrefined Cold Pressed oils

Cold press or expeller pressed oils are rich in antioxidants….. they protect us!

The introduction of heat to the process of making oil will degrade the flavor, nutritional value, destroy antioxidants and create free radicals that cause inflammation which leads to degenerative diseases.  Cold pressed oil gets around this by using a low-heat extraction technique.

Never cook with unrefined oils. They are delicate and burn too quickly. They are used as finishers after cooking.

To incorporate more cold pressed oil into your diet, replace your regular dressing with this simple recipe: Mix olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper, fresh garlic and dried oregano until well blended. Drizzle over an organic salad, cooked fish, or brown rice.

6. Buy Minimally processed snacks

A simple general rule for additives is to avoid them. Trans fatty acids, high fructose corn syrup, sodium nitrite, saccharin, caffeine, olestra, acesulfame K and artificial coloring are all additives that are not only questionable, and are also used primarily in foods of low nutritional value.

Get more information at http://www.cspinet.org/reports/chemcuisine.htm