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Have you been wanting to start eating clean but you don’t know where to start? Maybe you want to start small by swapping out common items for some clean alternatives. By making these simple and quite invisible swaps, you will be making a huge step in the right direction for flourishing health.
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First and foremost, if you want to turn your health in the right direction, buying certified USDA organic food is the first and easiest step. If you’re worried about your grocery budget, check out this article: How to Eat Organic Healthy Food on a Budget
Meat is extremely important to purchase organic. Certified organic meat saves your body from being bombarded with synthetic hormones that ruin the endocrine system, antibiotics that damage the gut and immune system, and so on. Make the switch to USDA certified organic animal protein and your body will thank you.
Steer clear from refined oils and fats such as canola oil, vegetable oil, cottonseed oil, safflower oil, corn, soybean oil, and margarine. Make the switch to a pure, virgin, unrefined cold pressed oil and fat such as avocado oil, olive oil, coconut oil, pastured organic butter, or ghee.
Avocado oil is a great alternative for canola oil because it tolerates higher heats and doesn’t have a distinct flavor. Coconut oil is good for medium heat and adds a bit of a sweet flavor. Olive oil is best used raw in salads and such but can be used with low heat.
CONDIMENTS AND SALAD DRESSINGS
Because we’re staying away from canola oil, we need a mayo alternative, right? A great alternative for conventional mayonnaise is an avocado oil mayo, like these, from Primal Kitchen and Chosen Foods.
For condiments such as ketchup and mustard, the easiest way to make a healthy switch is to purchase certified organic. This eliminates high fructose corn syrup, and artificial additives.
BREAD AND FLOUR
Make the switch from processed white or wheat bread! If you aren’t gluten intolerant, the best options for bread is organic sprouted grain bread like Ezekiel bread or organic ancient sourdough bread with just 3 ingredients or so. Ezekiel bread is great because the grains are sprouted which helps with digestion and unlocks nutrients. Sourdough is good because it has been fermented for better digestion and absorption as well.
If you bake at home with wheat flour, consider switching to a variety called Einkorn. It is the most ancient wheat variety known and is much easier to process within the body, especially if the wheat berries have been sprouted. Always purchase any kind of grain certified organic because the conventional farming fields have been sprayed with neurotoxic pesticides and herbicides like glyphosate found in round-up.
DAIRY AND EGGS
If you still consume dairy, consider the switch from regular milk to A2 cow milk or goat milk. Most milk that you find in grocery stores contains A1 beta-casein protein because the cows have been bred a certain way and makes it much harder for the human body to digest, which could be the reason many people have intolerances to cow milk. A2 protein is the type of protein found in human breast milk which obviously makes sense as to why it would be much easier for a human to digest.
Did you know that organic pasture raised eggs contain way more nutrition than conventional eggs? Not cage-free eggs, but raised in the pasture eggs where the chickens are free to roam in the grass and get fresh air, sunshine, and get to eat bugs like they are meant to be.
SALT AND SUGAR
Refined table salt has is extremely processed but if you make the switch to Himalayan pink salt or a pure sea salt, you will be consuming less sodium and more minerals. It’s an easy switch! Plus, it tastes better, too.
Try swapping out white sugar and Splenda for raw local honey, pure maple syrup, or stevia leaf extract.
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