Simple Swaps

by Heidi

How do I get from where I am at to where I want to be? Isn’t that the question we ponder so often in life? The trick to changing your nutritional choices from what they are today to what you’d like them to be is actually much simpler than I could have imagined.

Before I tell you how simple I realized it was, I want to tell you what it is not, because that was a major precondition for me to be able to unlock this part of my transformation.

Changing the way you eat is NOT trying to go from where I am at currently to where I wanna be in one week or even two. I have tried that and failed multiple times. My mind and body can’t go from eating McDonald’s, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut several times a week to eating tuna out of the can with a side of spinach leaves! It just doesn’t work like that.

So why did I keep trying the same way over and over again. I realized I was trapped by fear. I was afraid that if I didn’t do an “all or nothing” method I would relapse back into my old habits and not be successful. Which proved to be ineffective thinking over and over again.

What I have learned is that if I am actually going to be successful in changing the way I eat it is going to take TIME. Time is a scary thing in today’s instant gratification society. I realized that the time frame I needed to be looking at could actually take up to a year or longer. My eating habits weren’t formed over a week and they wouldn’t be changed in a week either!

Embracing a realistic time frame for change to occur was my first major hurdle I conquered.

The second was learning to take baby steps. While grocery shopping with Claudia, she showed me healthier choices to the foods I was already eating. We made some uncomplicated and effortless switches.

Some of the simple swaps I kicked off the transformation process with were:

  • Annie’s Mac-n-Cheese instead of Kraft (This swap was for my kids, cause they didn’t like it when I tossed all the food they were used to for all new healthy things either.)
  • Garden of Eatin’ chips or Boulder Canyon Chips instead of Doritos or Pringles
  • Kozy Shack Rice Pudding instead of Jello or other Puddings
  • Mother’s best cereal instead of well anything on the cereal aisle
  • Chobani Greek yogurt instead of sour cream
  • using unsweetened apple sauce instead of oil when baking
  • Using avacado instead of mayo on a sandwich
  • Water for Soda
  • Eggs (prepared any way) for breakfast instead of cereal
  • Ground Turkey for ground beef
  • Amy’s Pizza instead of totino’s

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No one in my family has felt deprived of “tasty” foods, which was the problem I always ran into with the “all or nothing” attempts. My kids have actually said they thought the Annie’s Mac-n-cheese tasted better than any other kind they’ve had.

We gotten on the right track for the first time. We are transforming the way our family eats and the best part is that no one is complaining. As the months have passed we continue to replace more and more of the things we consume with real foods with nutritionally rich ingredients. Our journey is not over but we are moving in the right direction and I feel delighted about it. If you had told me 6 months ago we would be having sautéed eggplant and spinach for dinner and no one would complain or turn their nose up to it, I would have laughed out loud. No way not my family. But today well that’s what is for dinner tonight and it is my reality.

Claudia continues to teach me healthier choices and I in turn get to teach my family. This journey has become something I yearn for. It really gets me excited! By incorporating these healthy swaps on a slow and steady pace my family has come so much farther in 6 months that we ever have in combine previous attempts.

Thank you Claudia for being patient with me and taking this journey with me!







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