Healthy food habits don’t happen overnight. Organic food shopping can be quite overwhelming when you first begin your transition. Indeed, changing any form of eating habit can be difficult. This is especially true if you’re looking to overhaul your approach to food and retrain your habits.
But with a bit of encouragement and some nifty ideas, you can be changing your food habits and loving organic food shopping in no time.
That’s why we’ve put together a few simple organic food shopping tips and pieces of advice for the home to make the transition much easier!
With the Lettuce Deliver advice, you can take it on bit by bit. Here's how.
Swap out foods slowly
Whether you’re inspired by a new diet or you’ve received a gentle nudge by health concerns, swapping diets can have challenges.
The key to meeting those challenges is to transition overtime. Tackle your organic food shopping and change of diet on a product by product, meal by meal approach.
For example, it may be better to look for your usual fruit and vegetables as organic rather than jump straight into a seasonal box arrangement.
Or if you are transitioning to vegan, you may wish to focus on changing from dairy to substitutes like coconut yoghurt and almond milk as a first step. And introduce other products over coming weeks.
Don’t hold a big monumental food, fridge and pantry cleanse. Those in the family who might not share your vision could resist the change because it’s too aggressive. And that amount of change can be quite costly. Plus, it may be harder to stick to a good eating plan if you change what you eat too radically.
Instead, pick smaller goals and make the change slowly. Swap out with the family shopping list if that works for you and build up over time. Organic food shopping shouldn’t be a brutal movement towards a new era. It should be a new discovery of tasty foods and new favourites.
All that matters is you help your family transition to healthier foods in a gentle manner.
Use a waste list
Did you know that Australians waste between $8-10 billion in food each year? That’s an awfully big waste of money, agricultural resources and food! A waste list is a great idea for any kitchen for that very reason. It entails writing down the things you’ve had to throw out of the fridge and the pantry through spoilage.
Having a record of this sort of food loss can help you work out your new approach to buying food.
Just like you would with your household items and organic food shopping list, start cataloguing what doesn’t end up being eaten.
A waste list can help you spot things you might over-shop for. Or things the family may consume quickly and would like more of in favour of things that are less popular.
Writing a waste list also gives a good indication of places where you can change your food habits. You can spot potential substitutions that may not be working the way you’d hoped and find alternatives as well.
Add a little fun to the process
Food is special thing. We all have our own comfort food and favourites. So why not add new, healthier rituals to break the cycles? Organic food shopping and healthy eating doesn’t mean not having fun!
Make fruit and veggie faces for the kids. Or set up some family picnics and a few light and easy events around food. Make the time spent with meals exciting, different and special.
And remember to enjoy the process of swapping foods out by welcoming new habits to the dinner table with kindness and creativity.
Think about your organic food shopping in stages
Staging your approach to a dietary changes gives you a roadmap where you can see progress. It also gives you tangible milestones you can see.
For example, say you’ve found out you have a digestive issue and need to change your diet because of that. You’ll probably notice you’ll need to up your intake of some foods, limit some and remove others. Write down those foods in stages. And keep a list of foods along the way that you discover are on the new lists.
Have a visual chart so you can cross off each extra glass of water and tea each day. Or map out your meal planning with pieces of fruit and cups of veggies with each meal.
Channel your inner pirate or explorer! It can be helpful to get to your food goals by treating it like a mountain or a treasure map of elements to cross off.
Watch for signs of improvement
One of the things we often forget to do is watch how far we have come. Don’t forget though with each new item swapped or stage target reached, you are making leaps and bounds to a healthier you. Take a list of what you used to buy and compare it with your organic shopping list and new pantry and fridge. A few small changes over time become a big difference!
You can also track your small wins. Like the times you better for you than your old naughtier food alternative. Or look at metrics like weight, fitness and energy as your diet changes.
If you notice your skin is clearer, your stomach is more stabile and you feel less lethargic than you used to, note that down as well. Different people respond to food differently. But the healthier you go, the more your body and mind will reward you. So don’t forget to applaud these kinds of wins as well.
The final thought on good eating habits
Changing food habits and helping them stick is all about ensuring the road is as bump free as possible. So take it as slow or as fast as you need.
There are a lot of things you can change, food wise. At Lettuce Deliver, we have over 2000 items for the pantry as well as seasonal boxes and organic favourites to help you make that transition. We pride ourselves on giving you an approach to healthy eating that works with your lifestyle. And we’re pro giving you choice.
So whether you’re eating for two or to make yourself feel better, we’ve got your back.
When it comes to organic food shopping and healthy eating, Lettuce Deliver has you covered!
Check out our great range of happy, healthy produce and products today. And happy eating!
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