Even into my married life I continued eating what I thought was perfectly fine "food". 5 years ago now I read a book titled, "Natural Cures They Don't Want You to Know About" by Kevin Trudeau. I actually started looking at the food I was eating, and realized...it wasn't real food at all. Even the meats, breads and dairy that once upon a time were considered real food, are now so processed with so many artificial ingredients/additives that to call it real would be a joke.
Taking the step to eating well is a journey, and really doesn't just happen over night. I may have read that book 5 years ago, but I am still learning new things everyday about what and how we should be eating.
So, I said I would share some steps that can help change your diet for the better, which I will do, but overall it really comes down to just one. I have said it before and will say it again...
EAT REAL FOOD.
Look at the ingredients of what you are buying! What you may think is just plain ol' wheat bread really isn't. Check out these ingredients in a whole grain, 100% wheat bread:
Unbromated Stone Ground 100% Whole Wheat Flour, Unbromated Unbleached Enriched Wheat Flour [Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid], Water, Wheat Gluten, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Yeast, Soy Fiber, Contains 2 Percent or Less of Wheat Bran, Salt, Unsulphured Molasses, Honey, Monoglyceride, Datem (Dough Conditioner), Nonfat Milk (Adds a Trivial Amount of Cholesterol), Potato Flour, Calcium Propionate (to Retard Spoilage), Wheat Germ, Guar Gum, Soy Flour, Enzymes Brown Sugar, Sucralose and Soybean Oil.
Now, try to make that in your kitchen!
Like I said, changing over to eating real food will be a learning process. I'm still not completely where I'd like to be, but here are some of the first changes I personally made towards having a healthier diet.
(If I had the time I would write out my own thoughts on each of these "ingredients", but I just don't. I will instead link to some great articles, written by much more educated people than myself, about each subject.)
Here are 3 things I try my best to not eat:
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)/Corn Syrup/Corn Sugar: This stuff is in everything these days. It's super sweet, super cheap and super bad for you. Here are a couple articles explaining way better than I can about the dangers of HFCS. Here and here.
Hydrogenated Oils/Vegetable Oils (Canola, Soybean, Corn and more). These are toxic poisons! This is an easy to read and understand post about it, and here is a more in depth one.