When I started out on my clean living journey, I realized that:
- It’s impossible to be perfect at this clean-living thing.
- When you retrain your taste buds to love real food… that’s all you ever want. Fake food tastes… well fake and fucking gross.
- There is SO much beautiful and delicious food that Mother Nature has given us… it just takes time and dedication to discover it.
- Simple switches can propel you to a whole new level of nourishing your body.
This post is all about number 4. Simple switches to slowly guide you to a healthier way of nourishing your body. It’s all about taking baby steps and discovering a new way of sourcing the very food that becomes you!
Here are just a few SIMPLE SWITCHES to make in your pantry or fridge.
Every cell in our body requires fat. If we are eating low quality and rancid oils, how do you think our cells feel? Our brain NEEDS healthy fats to function!!
Unhealthy Fats (All processed vegetable oils – Soybean, canola, corn, safflower, sunflower, peanut, vegetable, grapeseed, vegetable shortening, margarine, anything “hydrogenated”.
Healthy Fats –
Great to cook with – Avocado, grass-fed ghee, organic unrefined virgin coconut oil, grass-fed beef tallow, pastured duck fat.
Great to eat raw – Organic extra virgin olive oil, MCT oil, walnut, almond, macadamia, sesame seed, tahini, flax, and hemp oil. (source all organic)
Throw away that iodized, bleach, and chemical-laden salts! Opt for salts like Celtic Sea Salt (my favorite!) If you are worried about not getting your needed iodine (which many of us are deficient in)… check out Main Coast Sea Vegetables! I use them daily.
The best option for sourcing produce is visiting your local growers market! Find the closest market to you by visiting: www.localharvest.org
Always follow the dirty dozen and clean 15 lists! Buy the Dirty Dozen list organic and it’s okay to source the Clean 15 conventionally!
Consuming conventional meat is not only devastating on your health but Mother Earth! By visiting your local growers market you will most likely find a local farmer that can provide you clean and pasture raised meats! OR follow this simple guide to source your meat better:
Here is my preferred source of beef! Their bone broth and seasoned meats are SOOOO amazing! Arizona Grass Raised Beef Company.
As far as chickens and eggs goes opt for local pasture-raised! If your can’t find this in your area, always opt organic!!!
It is time for us to move toward responsible fish consumption. First and foremost, the smaller the fish the safer they are for us. This is because in the ocean, big fish eat small fish and accumulate more and more toxins. Fish like shark, tuna, marlin, and swordfish are larger and are among the highest in mercury contamination.
Focus on consuming small fish like wild caught salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies, and mackerel.
By visiting the Monterrey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch, you can download a printable guide to help you know what is safe in your state! How amazing is that?! It’s amazing.
You can always connect with your local fish market too!
More Ways to Simply Switch
Corn Starch – Potato Starch, Arrowroot Powder, and Tapioca Flour
Bread – Sourdough Bread, Fat Bread ,Toasted Sweet Potato Slices, Happy Camper Bread
Pasta – Spaghetti Squash, Zoodles (spiralized zucchini), Organic Brown Rice pasta (Love Trader Joe’s Brand), Sweet Potato Noodles.
Cereal – Sprouted Oatmeal (I LOVE One Degree’s), Chia Seed Pudding, Grain-Free Flax and Nut Granola. Check my homemade recipe out here. It’s delicious!
Crackers – Simple Mill’s, Mary’s Gone Crackers, or just use cut up veggies!
Flours – Einkorn Flours (Love this Brand), Bob’s Red Paleo Baking Flour, Coconut Flour, Sprouted Spelt Flour (One Degree’s) and/or Almond Flour.
Coffee Creamer – Homemade Nut & Seed Milks, Organic Grass-Fed Half & Half, Full Fat Coconut Cream (Trader Joe’s has the best)
Coffee – Organic Earl Grey or Green Teas, Organic Coffee (Sans the mold). My Favorite Coffee Brands are Bulletproof and Purity Organic.
Yogurts – Organic grass-fed yogurts, coconut or nut yogurt (love Coyo), 100% Grass-fed unsweetened whole milk kefir.
Salad Dressings – Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Lemon (Salt & Pepper), Hummus, Salsa, Bragg or Primal Kitchen Brand Salad Dressings.
Soda – Kombucha, Sparkling Mineral Water with citrus, Coconut Kefir, Herbal Teas.
Wheat Tortillas – Siete Brand Tortillas (I LOVE their chips too!)
This is just a slice of what is offered in my clean eating courses! You get TONS of resources just like this to help guide you towards cleaning up your fridge & pantry and offering real, whole, nutrient-dense foods in your home and family.
Moving yourself to optimal health takes implementing baby steps every day. Our health is a direct reflection of what we do (AND THINK) each day. So just focus on the small things you can do. When you feel good about it and confident in your decisions, you’ll be ready to take on MORE!
I also offer a 90-Day Personalized Nutritional Therapy Program, where your get 3 one-on-one meetings (in person or online) AND a full plan tailored to your bio-individual needs and current lifestyle. Want more information, CLICK HERE!!
Just keep moving in the right direction my friends. Keep taking those steps and implementing small changes. I believe in you!
With gratitude, Becky