Healthful choices are easiest to incorporate when they don’t take us too far from our comfort zone.  When they are easy try in the first place, they are also easier to maintain.  And maintaining our health is exactly what has brought most of us to the point of making different choices in the first place!

As a lifelong picky eater, I only started making small changes in my mid-twenties.  Now, as I enter my mid-thirties, I often still take things slow.  Here are some of my suggestions for anyone making that first foray…

Try organic eggs, milk and cheese, which are virtually indistinguishable from conventional products in taste and texture.  In fact, I personally think the milk tastes better.  The eggs still come from chickens, the milk from cows, and the cheese from cow’s milk, so nothing “weird” there.  Try the soy versions if you want – I love chocolate soy milk, very cold straight from the refrigerator.  Just look for an organic, non-GMO manufacturer.

Another relatively common food to try is organic pasta with organic spaghetti sauce.  Many conventional grocers regularly carry a variety of these products.  If you are in a rural area that doesn’t, you can order them online.  You have to pay the shipping charges, but you’d have had to buy gas and spend a lot of time driving otherwise, so it’s pretty much a wash.  Unless you like really heavy foods.

Look for a farmer’s market, a roadside stand or even a nearby farm from which you can purchase locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables that are in season.  They may also offer milk, eggs and honey.  You’re getting fresher food than you would in the store and you’re supporting your own community, not a faceless mega-conglomerate.

Finally, when choosing convenience foods, try to steer clear of TWO ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup and Hydrogenated Oils.

Those few changes will make a world of difference and begin opening up your boundaries to the amazing potential of your food.  Placing conscious emphasis on your eating choices keeps you from mindlessly “grabbing a bite” of who knows what.  My father uses a colorful term to describe fast food burgers: “Gut Bombs.”  The phrase causes enough stomach-churning to make you think.

And thoughtfulness is the key to making lasting changes.