Eating well is all about convenience. If you have healthy food at home, you'll eat healthfully at home. That's obvious. 

Once you eat this way at home, you're bound to bring your new habits to meals out with friends, co-workers…because you'll feel so clean, energized, and healthy. 

You won’t want to go back to those other foods! 

OK, but how do we start this change?

Of course, it starts with your thoughts.

When you sit down somewhere to order food, or walk through the aisles of your grocery store, or even before you take a bite of food, stop for a minute. Think about where it came from, what might have suffered in order to be available as food to you, what company produced it?  

These simple, quick thoughts, (unnoticeable to those around you), will transform your choices. Once you start to bring awareness to what you put in your body, you can’t help but continue to do so. Just like once you know something, you can’t un-know it, it just resonates at a deep level… and sticks. 

Our bodies are not made to digest and cleanse out the toxic ingredients in heavily processed foods (which, unfortunately, are way too accessible to and accepted). 

Ok, so now what?  

We have all heard it: choose organic foods that are as close to the original source as possible, and high in nutrients. It sounds simple, but where do you start? Sometimes we can’t afford to purchase strictly organic food, or we are out somewhere and not sure of the source of the ingredients. What is the easiest, smartest thing to do then?

Here is my very quick list of things to keep in mind when you can’t eat at home:

1. Avoid corn products 

90% of the corn available in the US is made from GMO corn. GMOs are destructive to the human body, and should be avoided as often as possible. Corn products are also one item worth splurging on and buying organic. Learn more about GMOs here.  

2. Go for vegetarian dishes. 

You will ensure you are avoiding hormones, corn-fed animal product, and will have a cleaner digestive track. If anyone gives you a hard time, you don’t have to announce that you aren’t eating meat. There are usually plenty of items on the menu so you don't have to make a stink. But…if anyone asks, you can use that moment as a time to spread some awareness without offending anyone. 

 When you can eat at home, here is an easy grocery list of nutrient-dense, sustainable, and delicious foods to keep in your home! 

HERBS & SPICES
  • Turmeric
  • Sea Salt
  • Oregano
  • Black whole pepper
OILS
  • Coconut oil (organic, extra-virgin)
  • Dark sesame oil
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
BEANS

Look for good-quality beans, without additives like salt, or better yet, organic canned beans from natural food stores or co-ops:
  • Black beans
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Chickpeas (garbanzos)
  • Great northern beans (cannellini)
  • Pink beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Red or kidney beans
WHOLE GRAINS & WHOLE GRAIN FLOURS

If you store whole grains at room temperature, don’t buy more than what you will use up in about 3 months. During hot summer months, refrigerate them—especially flours.
  • Barley
  • Bulgur
  • Couscous
  • Millet
  • Rice (long-grain brown, basmati, arborio, quick-cooking, etc.)
  • Quinoa
  • Wild rice
CONDIMENTS
  • Barbecue sauce (great for broiling or stir-frying tofu, tempeh, or seitan)
  • Pasta (marinara) sauce
  • Salad dressings (choose natural, low-fat varieties if you don’t make your own)
  • Salsa, tomato-based
VEGETABLES
  • Garlic
  • Onions (yellow, red, or both)
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Any seasonal, fresh vegetables really!
QUICK MEALS 
  • Silken tofu (firm and/or extra-firm) *make sure its a brand that uses non-GMO soy!
  • Veggie Burgers, my favorite brand is Hilary’s, the Green Chile Black Bean burger is SO good. 
  • Prepared Falafel Chickpea Balls from Veggie Patch have so much flavor. 
Just try to bring awareness to everything you put in your body, and that will automatically make eating better easier. Remember, it doesn’t have to be difficult and you don’t have to be perfect. Enjoy!

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