Yes, I’m about to drop that cliche…. It’s simple, but it’s not easy.
It’s simple because it requires no calorie counting, no points counting, no trying to figure out what box or bag of food is allowable or has too much of this or that sodium, gluten, or whatever it is that someone told you causes inflammation or leaky gut.
It is simple because it’s not complex at all.
But it’s not easy because it requires food preparation. It requires that you and your family get involved in what you eat.
Here it is… the relatively modern, yet wise adage:
Buy groceries around the outside of the supermarket.
If you throw your log book away, eat fruits, veggies, meats, eggs, tree nuts, and even dairy in moderation (depending on whether your family or friends despise it when you consume lactose), then you’ll be well ahead of the game.
Even if you eat the enemy of low-carb zealots: potatoes.
Eat Real Food
It’s as simple as that.
I’m not a dietician or doctor, so don’t violate orders from pros who know what you need individually better than I.
But to me – both from my personal experience and from common sense – buying and preparing food from around the edges of your grocery store is a great starting point for a long term, sustainable, and even fun (cooking really is a blast) approach to your eating and diet.
If you’re not sure what you should do to eat better and feel more energized and even lose a few pounds, start by eating as many whole foods as you can and go from there. Give it a few days and battle through your Ruffles addiction and see what happens.
A great resource would be to click here to go see the Whole 30 rules of engagement. Whole 30 (as I’ve written about way too often lately) is all about whole foods. You can cook ’em and be creative, but you stick to a pretty strict diet.
I take their rules and try to live by them 90-95% of the time. In truth, I see how bad that 5-10% can be and am slowly attempting to raise my percentages because I just prefer how I feel.
And if you want to see how an everyday, regular old suburban dude (that would be me) prepares my food in keeping with a Whole 30, click here to follow Simply in the Suburbs on Instagram. You’ll find some high quality examples.
I know my ideas here aren’t for everybody, so I’d love to hear from you.
What works for you? Drop me a note or leave a comment below.