This post may contain affiliate links, which means that I may receive a commission if you make a purchase using these links, with NO additional cost to you.
Many people are seeking better health, but where do you start? What is the best way to improve your overall health and energy? Simple answer, the food you eat. The complex answer, eating your nutrients from food sources that your body can easily digest and absorb. How do you even start!?! Let me guide you through three simple and easy steps.
First, eliminate the processed food as much as you can from your diet. Processed foods are void of many essential vitamins and minerals your body needs. They are also heavy with preservatives which are difficult for your body to break down and eliminate.
How do you eliminate the processed foods? Shop the outside of the grocery aisles more than the inside. The outside aisles are primarily the fresh and frozen foods. When you do shop the inner aisles, look for simple ingredients. Packages with 5 or less familiar ingredients, and no dyes. If you come across an ingredient you are unfamiliar with, google it.
Second, eliminate refined sugars. Yes that means the cookies. It is ok to have an occasional treat, but sugar feeds inflammation and yeast in your body. By eliminating sugars for a few months, you will starve the yeast and allow your good gut bacteria to repopulate and better digest your food.
How do you know if you have an overgrowth of yeast? An overgrowth of yeast in your mouth, called thrush, shows up as white, bumpy patches on the tongue, inner cheeks, gums, tonsils or throat. You maybe extremely tired and crave sugar/carbs. Recurring urinary or genital infections is another symptom. You could have digestive issues, such as constipation, diarrhea, nausea, gas, cramps and bloating. This is caused by the bacteria imbalance in your gut. Chronic sinus infections that don’t get better with antibiotics or last longer than one month, is another sign. Fungal infections on the skin and nails, such as athlete's foot, ringworm, toenail fungus, rash in warm moist areas, such as the armpits and groin. Yeast overgrowth also causes inflammation in the body, which can lead to joint pain and decreased immune system function.
Third, eat more vegetables. Fresh is best, but frozen works, canned is the next option. Canned is not as good, because some of the nutrients are lost, during the high processing temperatures. Fresh is preferred because these vitamins and minerals are left intact and not denatured. They also are more likely to have active enzymes to help break them down during digestion.
How do I afford more vegetables?!?! Not everyone can grow a huge garden with vegetables for the year. However, everyone can look for the sales. Buy fresh when you can. Farmers market season is coming soon. Visit one and buy fresh. If someone is willing to do a bulk deal take them up on it. Bring it home and freeze what you won't eat in time. Watch local grocery store ads. Fresh and frozen vegetables go on sale occasionally. Stock up when they do. A freezer is an investment, but pays for itself quickly when you can buy large quantities and keep them on hand.
Have more questions on improving your health? Contact me and let's chat!
Wanting a community to lean into? Join the FREE Courageous + Purposeful Mommas group! This community is for the Mommas, mommas to be, in the midst of raising, and kids grown, looking for tips on building your family up and providing for them through natural methods. Tips include: gardening, bulk buying, caning,/preserving, livestock, homesteading, and home remedies. Your family is precious, and this group is to help you gain the knowledge and tools to keep your family well and not reliant on outside professionals. Remedies and tips are easy and simple for the busy momma, time is precious after all, including pregnancy, birth, young kids, and illness. Trust your Momma gut again! This community offers the resources + community you need to help get started on your journey and prepare for whatever future you envision.
Click here to get the stories straight to your email:
For more on wellness tips click here:
For more on homesteading on your budget click here:
For more simple DIY updates click here: