5 Proven Ways To Eat Less Packaged Food

It’s common knowledge that packaged foods contain unhealthy ingredients that trigger weight gain and ruin our health. Even healthy alternatives, such as canned beans or tomatoes, can be high in sodium.

In addition, the chemicals in canned food leach into the food leading to hormonal imbalances. For instance, BPA and BPS, chemicals usually found in canned food, have been linked to estrogen dominance.

You know that you need to eat less packaged food, but that can be hard to put into practice. These are evidence-based tips on how to cut back on packaged foods and increase your intake of fresh, whole foods instead.

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1. Start drinking filtered water.

Bottled water is not only expensive, but it may also contain BPA. Investing in a water filter will save you a lot of money and reduce your exposure to chemicals, like heavy metals, too. If you want to carry water to work or while traveling, put it in a stainless steel or glass water bottle.

2. Grow herbs at home.

Instead of buying ground herbs in disposable plastic packaging, grow herbs in containers. You can grow peppers, dill, cilantro, basil, mint and much more in pots. No garden plot required.

The other option is to buy fresh herbs from your local farmers market. The best part is spices, such as ginger and garlic, are not highly perishable. You can easily use them before they go bad.

5 Proven Ways To Eat Less Packaged Food

3. Avoid the packaged food aisle.

Having a shopping list doesn’t guarantee you won’t buy junk food. Many of us don’t plan on buying processed food until we see it.

To be on the safe side, avoid walking on aisles that have packaged foods. If you want to buy veggies, go to the produce section, get them, pay and leave. This trick can also be handy if you’re trying to quit sugar. Avoiding the sugar aisle can reduce your chances of buying sweet foods.

4. Make it yourself.

You can save money and avoid unhealthy ingredients by making your own soups, salad dressings, hummus, beans and energy bars.

Don’t use the excuse that you don’t know how to make food from scratch. Follow the free recipes online. Some of them take less than 10 minutes to prep. Here are 10 foods you can easily make from scratch, to get you started.

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5. Stock up on Whole Grains and Beans

We can agree that most packaged carbs are not good for your health and waistline. They tend to be highly refined, high in calories and contain many unhealthy ingredients. Substitute packaged carbs with whole grains and legumes. Buy healthy foods in bulk, such as beans, oats, lentils and wild rice.

Cooking most whole grains and legumes is not very complicated. You can put them in a slow cooker or pressure cooker and go about your business.

What have you done to reduce your intake of packaged foods? Share your favorite tips and tricks in the comments.

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43 comments

Alexandra Richards

Thank you.

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Peggy B
Peggy B26 days ago

TYFS

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Leo C
Leo Custer26 days ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Sophie A
Sophie A27 days ago

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Kevin B
Kevin B29 days ago

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Christine Stewart
Christine Stewartabout a month ago

I make all kinds of stews and one pot meals in bulk- they store well in the fridge, so I don't have to get take-out or eat convenience food after a hard day at work...

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Glennis Whitneyabout a month ago

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Glennis Whitneyabout a month ago

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Glennis Whitneyabout a month ago

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Glennis Whitneyabout a month ago

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