Switching to natural mode: a practical beginner’s guide

Let’s start by specifying what it means to ” switch to natural mode ” …

Living in a natural way is ultimately a return to the use of raw products and the least processed possible. The food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries sell us products that contain tons of ingredients that we have trouble deciphering and which are very often harmful to our health (additives, endocrine disruptors, pesticides). If you are reading this article it is because you have already become aware of this problem and are looking for a solution to remedy it… Let’s see right away how to start living a healthier life.

Food in natural mode

What you eat not only affects your fitness but also your skin and even your morale. Imagine your car is running on diesel and you put gas in it, it’s not going to perform exactly the way it should, are you okay with that? Well, it’s exactly the same with our body. If we give him foods that he is not able to assimilate properly or worse that turns him off, he will make us feel it in his own way (bloating, loss of attention, headaches, fatigue …)

Stop processed products

Bad news: ham from your supermarket is not a raw material, it is a processed product! And who really knows how it is made and from what?
Saying stop to processed products is no small feat since they are everywhere, but the most important thing to start with is to identify the processed (industrial) products that you are consuming and gradually to substitute them.
For that we will have to go back to the stove and that does not necessarily mean spending 4 hours in the kitchen, there are many simple and quick recipes for active people like us.

The key is to get started and you will find that the more substitutes you find for processed products, the more you will enjoy and the more you will have a good time preparing your meals. For example, instead of buying a ready-made brick soup, why not make it yourself? You just need to have a few vegetables on hand (bet on a single vegetable at the beginning such as pumpkin or zucchini will motivate you to start), some spices, a blender and you’re done!

Identify the processed products you eat, make a list and gradually replace them with homemade.

Open bar on healthy food

They are everywhere, we just forgot to eat them! Among them, we find :

  • Fruits and vegetables. Be careful, however, with those you buy in your supermarket, they are the ” fruit ” (no pun intended;)) of industrialization and are full of pesticides. Prefer the pesticide free version ! You can find these fanatics in organic stores of course even if it represents a certain budget but you can also supply yourself to your market gardener by asking him where his products come from and how they are grown, at the market, in your own vegetable garden / orchard. or thanks to an AMAP (Association for the maintenance of peasant agriculture) such as the Hive which says yes.
  • Legumes: green lentils / coral, chickpeas, broad beans, beans (red, black, from Soissons). They are rich in protein and carbohydrates and are a source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and vitamin B1 and B2. They have the advantage of filling you up and being an excellent substitute if you want to reduce your consumption of meat and / or white pasta.
  • Oilseeds and dried fruits : raisins, dried apricots, dried figs, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts … You can for example replace your usual snacks (snack from distributors or packets of cakes) with a handful of oilseeds / mixed dried fruits taking care to take 2/3 of oilseed for 1/3 of dried fruit so that it is not too sweet.

Obviously, there are plenty of other good practices for adopting a healthy diet for the proper functioning of our body, but the main thing is to start and start small!

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