Going from a processed foods diet to a real food diet can quickly become overwhelming. Here are some basics that I find helpful when making the switch.
1. Eat liberal amounts of vegetables and fruits, organic when possible.
2. Consume meat/seafood/poultry/eggs from animals that are raised on pasture or wild caught.
3. Consume dairy that is from healthy animals raised on pasture, full fat, and preferably raw. Avoid low fat, fat free, and ultra-pasteurized products.
5. Consume healthy fats: coconut oil, butter, olive oil, animal fats, avocados, nuts. Avoid trans fats, vegetable oils, hydrogenated oils, canola oil, margarine or other butter substitutes.
7. Switch from table salt to unrefined sea salt.
8. Use natural sweeteners: raw honey, real maple syrup, rapadura/sucanant, coconut sugar, blackstrap molasses, and stevia. Avoid white sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners.
9. Avoid overly processed foods containing additives, preservatives, MSG, etc. Choose packaged food that has ingredients that you can recognize as food.
10. If using dairy alternatives, the best choices are coconut milk and homemade unsweetened almond milk, in my opinion.
11. Avoid soy in all forms except fermented, such as naturally fermented soy sauce, tempeh, miso, and natto.
*Basically, consume foods in the form that they are found in nature. If you wouldn’t recognize an ingredient as food, don’t eat it.