Where to Start on a Real Food Journey

My e-mail has recently been flooded with messages from new readers, and the biggest question is “How do I start changing my diet?”.  And you know, it wasn’t to long ago that I had those same questions! When it finally hit me that real, God given nutrition was the base of all health, I couldn’t wait to change. But the changes that needed to take place were overwhelming, and I had to completely rethink how I felt about food.

Some things were easy to change, other things I’m still working on. And the way each of us attack these new issues will be slightly different than the next as our comfort levels are not the same. Or our finances will not support a quick overhaul. Perhaps some of our husbands even balk at the idea.

But again, the question is “Where do you start?”.

Well, last year I did a short series on Small Changes for Better Health that I’ll quickly outline again for you with links to the complete posts.

  1. Cut out high fructose corn syrup – important not only for getting this out of your diet, but when you do, you’re also cutting out a lot of processed foods!
  2. Switch to whole wheat bread products – you can tackle the whole ‘soaking’ thing later on, but try getting yourself and your family used to the flavor of whole wheat products. Also lower your intake of bread products as well! (as a side note – I know there are many in the real food community that would recommend eating white flour products over unsoaked whole wheat, so use your discretion and choose what is best for you and your family. Personally, I’ve decided that the blood sugar spikes are more of a concern for my own health than the fact that whole wheat products could be potentially causing my body to lose nutrients. I figure this is a short term thing!)
  3. Don’t eat any food product that contains MSG.
  4. Stop eating (or buying) and foods that contain trans fats.
  5. Stop drinking soda! Not only is it all just empty calories that do nothing to nourish your body, it can actually have some drastic and unfortunate changes to your body.
  6. Skip foods that come in a package!
  7. Start buying organic produce.
  8. Eat more raw foods to make sure your body is getting the nutrients that are normally lost while cooking.
  9. Put your big girl panties on and Try Something New! Your health depends on it so you need to get out of your comfort zone and just do it.

Have you started to change your diet with any of these small steps? I challenge you to begin now! So take some time this next week and really look through your pantry. Take some extra time at the store and read labels before you toss things into your cart.

Next week I’ll have a small nourishing foods challenge for you, as these small steps focus more on cutting things out. Soon we’ll start adding some fabulous nourishing foods back in!

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. Thanks again for being a HUGE help and inspiration!!!

  2. This is a pretty encouraging post. :) I always feel like there’s something else I should be doing to give my family better food and it’s easy to feel really guilty about it! I have taken all these steps (aside from the very occasional, rare prepackaged treat) plus some. I guess it’s all about doing what I can and taking it one baby step at a time.

  3. Thanks for sharing this! And thank you for your emails. It’s so very helpful. I’m on day 4 in this adventure and really feeling good about the direction I’m heading here. :) Thanks so much!

  4. “Put your big girl panties on” – Donielle, that is too funny! Love it – thanks for the laugh :)

  5. We started changing our diet about a year ago. First we started cutting out artificial colors, 90% of the time. This automatically made us eat healthier, because it limited us so much. (now we are 99% of the time). next we set aside money to buy some good grassfed meat and have been eating beef and pork that way all year. Then we found a farm where we could buy organic free range eggs each week. Now we are trying to eat more organic and cut out HFCS. We are also eating more nuts and vegetables. It has been a process and one that I know would not have lasted if I had tried everything at once. Small steps will eventually work and it will make the changes more bareable. It is hard to change old habits and this way helps that.

  6. Hi,
    I just noticed your link to the trans-fat article is actually taking me to the MSG one.