The healthiest foods are generally whole foods, meaning they’re in their purest form, minimally processed without additives. Think fresh-picked fruits and vegetables. Raw milk straight from the cow. Pastured meats raised without hormones or antibiotics. Whole grains and raw honey straight from the hive. Because whole foods do not include added sugars and chemicals, they provide the ideal nutrients for your body and long-term health.
Unfortunately, most people don’t have the time or resources to live on whole foods alone. However, you can make a few small changes that lead to healthier meals.
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- Buy produce from a local farm in your area. Local produce tends to be fresher and more flavorful.
- Include more plant-based foods in your diet like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and beans.
- Buy foods seasonal to your region. If you’re eating a peach in the middle of winter, chances are it’s been shipped from thousands of miles away.
- Reduce your overall sugar intake and foods processed with high-fructose corn syrup.
- Swap hydrogenated fats (like margarine) for healthy fats like olive oil, nuts and butter.
- Choose minimally processed, raw dairy products and pasture-grazed meats from farms that you know.
- Avoid eating soy products which can reduce absorption of vitamins and minerals, plus disrupt protein digestion and endocrine function. (See www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert for more information.)