An important first step in eating healthier is to stock your pantry with healthy foods. By creating a healthier environment, it is much easier to make healthier choices.
Think back to the days when smoking was socially acceptable. Smoking advertisements glorified smoking as an admired behavior, respected actors and actresses smoked onscreen, people even smoked in food stores! When the government took action to curb smoking based on its known disease-causing effects, it first began changing the environment to one of non-smoking. Public places banned smoking, then workplaces and other places of business prohibited it. Eventually, it became uncomfortable and inconvenient to smoke. Many of those that continued to smoke even created non-smoking environments in their own homes, choosing instead to smoke outside out. Changing the environment is very effective in helping people change their behavior.
So, back to that pantry. Be a sleuth looking for foods that are processed, high in sugar and low in nutrients, have hydrogenated fat in any form, have ingredients on the labels that you can't pronounce. Take all those foods and dump them - they are not nutritious and may even cause harm. Stop feeding yourself and your family members calories that don't nourish. Begin stocking foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. Go for organic whenever possible. All foods break down into chemicals and become part of you. Aren't you worth nourishing?
If you have further questions on which foods belong in the dump or which foods to include in the pantry, email Debbie at firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up for a pantry makeover.