I’ve said it before, but it bears saying again: Baby Steps.
Baby Steps are the key to any real, lasting change. Offended by the word “baby”? Then, call them whatever you want — small, tiny, rookie, newbie.
The point is to make changes in small, but effective increments. You start with where you’re at, and you look to see what you can change. You make it your goal to change that one thing.
Then, you give yourself grace. Lots of grace. Grace to break every other Real Food rule. You work on your one thing — and only that — until it’s habitual.
Every diet adjustment, even the most simple, takes time. It may be two, three, or even four weeks before you’re comfortable in your new eating habits — before they “fit” like an old pair of boots.
So, where to begin?
I present the first in a series of newbie tips for those of you only just starting on your journey towards being a Food Renegade.
Food Renegade Newbie Tip #1
Become a Label Nazi. Start reading labels. Avoid anything with:
- Partially-hydrogenated or hydrogenated oil
- High-fructose corn syrup
- Autolyzed anything
- Hydrolyzed anything
- Anything else you can’t pronounce or need a chemistry degree to understand
Notice, I didn’t say you had to give up all packaged foods — not yet, anyway.