I always make a New Year’s Resolution that involves health. After all, what is more valuable than good health? Nothing! Without good health, quality of life decreases and makes not only the person involved sad and perhaps depressed, but also the person’s loved ones. To me, the most important decisions are those involving health. If you are concerned about your health it follows that a new year resolution would involve taking an action to achieve better health. Here are ten actions to take to start you on the road to better health. There is always room for improvement!
Get Over the Learning Curve
When changing eating habits there is a learning curve that has to be addressed. It takes some effort to change patterns of behavior around eating, buying and preparing food. You have to get over the hurdle of habit and think about doing things a new way. I assure you that we all have faced those hurdles. I can say that once you get over it, it becomes much easier. But you have to make the effort to execute your plan!
Here are 10 specific actions (in no obligatory order) you can take to get you over the hurdle. You may not be able to do all of them, but even if you start with just one or two, you will be taking a giant leap towards improving your health.
Replace all Vegetables Oils
Replace all vegetable oils (including margarine) with healthy animal fats such as butter, ghee, lard and tallow from pastured animals. For vegetables oils use only coconut oil, organic extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil. (Learn the truth about fats here and here and cholesterol).
Replace Refined White Sugar
Replace all refined white sugar with natural sweeteners such as raw honey, maple syrup, molasses, stevia, sucanat, rappadura (these last two are forms of unrefined cane sugar which contain minerals). Use sweeteners sparingly. There is a clear association between sugar and cancer.
Eat Truly Nutrient Dense Foods From Pasture Raised Animals
Eat Fermented Foods
Consume Bone Broths
Make Your Own Condiments
Remove Soy Products
Remove all soy products from your diet unless they are fermented (like real fermented soy sauce or natto) and use sparingly.
Eat salt. Use a good sea salt. Your digestion and your adrenal glands will love you for it!
Take Cod Liver Oil
Take your cod liver oil. Grandma was right.
Go Grain -Free
If you have persistent health problems you should consider removing all grain and starch products from your diet. Read about the SCD, GAPS, Paleo or Primal diets to see if this rings true for you. Check out my e-course, Go Grain-Free which will provide you with videos and recipes that follow a grain-free diet.
Make a goal each month to incorporate at least one of the suggestions into a plan. It works better to tackle one new action at a time.
For more information about traditional diets and real food check out the Weston Price Foundation website.
Find a local chapter and get involved! Local chapters are great sources for local products and buying directly from a farmer.