I invite you to try a full day of REAL food. One day to put away/pass on the bars, frozen lunches, fast-food meals and heavily processed foods and to spend today appreciating the food that you put into your body.
A few tips or helpful starters: emphasize foods with little to no ingredients (aim for 5 or less ingredients - all ingredients that you can pronounce and are found in nature), turn 1 "meal" into a "salad", start your day with a satisfying breakfast, eat a piece of whole fruit between meals and eat balanced meals comprised of whole grains or high fiber carbohydrates, lean/low fat protein and healthy unsaturated fats along with fruits and veggies.
Enjoy this designated one day of emphasizing real food as possibly the start of learning how to create plant based meals to fuel your active lifestyle and exercise/training routine.
Here's a few tips from Women's Health magazine (online) published October 21st:
4 Ways YOU Can Help EAT REAL this FOOD DAY
• Replace junk food with the good stuff: Plan snacks and meals around fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk and yogurt, fish, and lean poultry.
• Eat Local: Buying locally grown food not only helps local farmers and the environment, it also provides tastier, healthier food for you at no extra cost.
• Expand access to food: Some 50 million Americans are “food insecure”—get involved with your local food banks and charities to help end hunger.
• Eat less meat: American factory farms are linked to serious air and water pollution. Cut back on your meat consumption and eat more plants!