Have you considered switching to a Whole Foods lifestyle? There’s something wonderful about eating whole foods. Knowing that you’re eating foods that are fresh from nature and as close to their natural state as possible is a very rewarding thing. Before you get started, let’s go over the first thing you need to do when switching to whole foods.

First Thing You Need To Do When Switching To Whole Foods

Whenever you eat whole foods you know that you’re doing something good for your health. You also know that your whole food choices will help your body heal any lingering effects it might have as a result of past poor food choices.

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Before you begin your whole food journey, there is one thing that you need to know and it’s important for your whole food eating success. You need to make the decision about what kind of whole food path you want to take.

Choose Your Whole Food Path

With most diets, you begin your eating journey with a clear set of rules that you have to follow. You know right out of the gate what you can and cannot have and you are easily able to find new recipes with a quick Google search. So let’s say that you’ve decided to follow a Paleo diet. A simple Google search of Paleo recipes will give you a lot of options that are safe for you to eat. Sure, you’ll still have to do your due diligence to be sure that the recipe truly follows your Paleo lifestyle. But other than that you’ll have nothing else to worry about and you can easily find your fill of recipes this way.

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Three Categories of Whole Food Eating

But when it comes to eating whole foods, things aren’t always so simple. There are many variations to the whole food lifestyle, but basically it can be broken down into three categories. You’re either a whole food meat eater, a whole food plant based eater, or a whole food clean eater.

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1. Whole Food Meat Eater

Essentially, this follows the same guidelines as the Paleo diet. You won’t be eating any grains or anything that’s processed. But if you’re doing a program such as the Whole30, you’ll have a few more restrictions. For example, the Whole30 does not promote making any desserts, even healthy desserts, while on the program. However, a meat eater who is not part of the Whole30 program will still be able to find Paleo donuts, Paleo brownies, and other Paleo treats to eat.

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2. Whole Food Plant Based Eater

Unlike the whole food meat eater, if you’re eating plant based then you’ll be relying heavily on grains while avoiding meat. The popular ‘Forks Over Knives‘ movement would fall into this category.

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3. Whole Food Clean Eaters

This is a group of people who are dedicated to eating foods that are healthy and not processed, but typically these people will allow themselves to eat both grains and meat. If you’re unsure where to start with your whole journey, this is typically the best place. With this path you’ll be able to start healing your body from the inside out while figuring out which foods work best for you.

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The Rules For Each Category

With each whole foods lifestyle category, there are rules to follow on what you can or can’t eat.

  • The whole food meat eater can eat meat and fish as well as fruits and vegetables, but she can’t eat legumes, dairy or processed foods.
  • On the flip side, the whole food plant based eater can eat legumes, dairy, fruits and vegetables, but can’t eat meat, fish, dairy or processed foods.
  • Then you have the more in the middle option with the whole food clean eater who can eat everything the above two categories can. And like the meat and plant based eater, she can’t eat dairy or processed foods.

To help avoid confusion, download this free checklist “The Three Whole Food Eating Types and Their Rules.”

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Which Will You Choose?

Even though your journey into a Whole Food life will be an amazing one, it’s important that you choose your path before you start. This way there won’t be any confusion for you down the road and you’re more likely to stick with the path that you’ve chosen when switching to whole foods.

So tell me, if you’re considering switching to whole foods, which path will you choose? Comment below. I’d love to hear what you decide.

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