how to start building a nourishing cupboard

Jeanne here …

I’ve recently been asked a few times about how to start eating a nourishing diet. How to start changing one’s diet.

I’ll admit readily that it’s not always easy. Because we are creatures of habit. Because habits are easy. And breaking habits is not.

So don’t expect it to happen overnight.

Because it won’t happen overnight (and if it doeshappen overnight, it’s going to cost waaaaaay too much money. And it might not stick).

My advice is to start small. Start in the cupboard.

When you run out of Skippy, just don’t buy another jar. Look for a healthier alternative that you might enjoy. The kiddos and I have switched to almond butter. But the Cowboy digs his PBJ and I know a lot of folks who don’t like having to stir the organic peanut butters. Natural Directions offers a peanut butter that absolutely does not require stirring. (Maybe you see it on the second shelf of our cupboard?) So maybe that’s your first step.

If you start small, I promise, that one day you will realize as you walk through the grocery store you are only walking around the edges. Maybe you’ll dip into an aisle or two, but mostly you are on the outskirts. Fruits. Veggies. Dairy. Meat. With a diversion down the baking/bulk aisle for flours and oils and spices.

Again, it doesn’t happen overnight. But one day you realize you are living on the fringe!

And the fewer aisles you visit, the lower your food bill! Even if you’re spending a little extra on organics.

So you get more food and spend less. And when you eat more food (versus eating processed food-like products), you might find yourself feeling better!

It’s a happy coincidence.

But again, how do you start?

Simply. Of course.

For me, it was figuring out easy changes like replacing vegetable and canola oils with things like extra virgin olive oil (organic EVOO is available at Costco), grape seed oil and coconut oil (oils with higher smoke points, that are easier to digest), looking into replacements for refined sugar like maple syrup (which we buy in the bulk aisle) and locally sourced honey.

And so what happens when you make these changes?

Well, for example, I realized that buying locally sourced honey wasn’t only good for the pocketbook, but great for our bodies, too. You want to know why? It’s because the bees make their honey from the local flora and fauna. And ingesting THAT honey causes your body to build up the right immunity to those pollens, thereby alleviating Spring allergies! Seriously, who wouldn’t want a more gentle spring allergy season because you spent the winter drinking tea with honey?!?

Count me in!

What changes have you made that are making a difference …to your wallet and/or to your well-being?

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3 Replies to “how to start building a nourishing cupboard”

  1. So far, only a few tiny changes…pathetic I know, but its something right? We switched to organic milk for the kids over a year ago and I have recently switched from non-GMO soy milk to almond milk. Next up…the oils. That should be easy as we use very little of it anyway.

    Then, I would like to work on the processed foods. That’s our worst offender and will be the hardest habit for us to break, as we are often rushing to cook dinner fast before rushing back out the door for practices etc.

    1. Those are GREAT changes!!! Yay, Rach! Some good news is we have some “quick” recipes for real food coming up that might help you replace one or two of the processed food meals. But in the meantime, keep it up! You rock, sister!! XO, jeanne

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