Well friends, we’ve come to the end of our 31 Day Introduction to Real Food. Have you learned anything? I know I have! There is always more to learn, and as a life-long learner, I get really excited when I can share knowledge that benefits health.
The most important thing you can do now is put what you’ve learned into action. So today I thought we would talk about some possible action steps as you transition to a real food lifestyle. I have loved hearing from readers who are going to participate in No Sugar November, and those who are printing off new recipes to try and asking questions about new foods. I’ve already mentioned a few throughout the series but here are a few more:
- Start your day with a hearty, real food breakfast
- Commit to drinking more water
- Sit down and create a meal plan
- Visit the local health food store or farmer’s market to see what they offer
- Look into purchasing meat directly from a farmer.
- Switch to grass-fed/pastured meat products
- Try raw milk
- Throw away your “vegetable” oils and replace them with good fats
- Add some butter to each meal
- Participate in No Sugar November
- Try using a natural sweetner in your next recipe
- Aim to follow the Quad Plan at each meal
- Try a new recipe!
- Read the labels of the foods already in your pantry and decide if they are worth keeping around.
- Carefully read the labels on your next grocery trip!
- Ditch your store bought dressings and condiments and make your own!
- Read more information about traditional preparations of grains
- Insitutite Meatless Monday
- Try making sauerkraut
- Make a batch of bone broth to use as a nourishing base for your fall/winter soups
- Swap out your processed snacks for something real.
- Consider whether a healing diet would be appropriate for you.
- Consider purchasing some new kitchen gadgets to get you excited to spend more time in the kitchen
- Check out the 31 Day Introduction to Real Food Pinterest Board for more information, tips and recipes
- Share this series with a friend and invite them to join you on your real food journey!
That last point is very important. I believe in the power of community to make lasting change. Even if it’s just to have someone to keep you accountable. Every time we turn on the tv, look at billboards, or even read magazines we are bombarded by messages from “food manufacturers” trying to get us to buy their processed products. It is counter-cultural, but I believe that real food is medicine and it is the way forward (I think our grandparents would agree).
I am incredibly blessed to have a husband who is very supportive of my real food lifestyle, and I don’t know what I would do without him. But I know that not everyone will be supportive of these changes, espeically if they don’t understand the reasoning behind them. So I encourage you to find someone who will be your ally, your accountability partner, your fellow kombucha lover. And if you don’t have anyone locally, I would love to be that person for you. You can follow me via the social media links in the sidebar or leave me a message and I will root for you like crazy because I have been there. I know that it seems like a big challenge, but I also know that it is possible and so so worth it!
I also hope that you will continue to follow my blog posts. They probably won’t be coming every day, but in writing this series I have uncovered even more information that I would like to share as time permits. Thank you for sticking with me this month. Wishing you health, love, and happiness!
I’d love it if you left a comment, sharing your action step!
Important disclaimer: I have no medical training. Just lots of passion for real food! Please consult your own doctor and do your own research in support of my suggestions. It’s an important part of taking control of your health!