Making changes to your diet is no easy task no matter what the situation. We tend to get used to our way of meal prepping, eating out, or no prepping at all. To make long lasting changes can seem overwhelming. If you can, it's often more manageable to make small sustainable changes rather than trying to jump off the cliff into a whole new way of eating.
Salt & Sugar
Although there are a lot of things wrong with the way most of us have become accustomed to eating, especially in the US, there are two evils that may be the worst. These two are salt and sugar. Our foods are over laden with them and we have become so unsuspecting and just trust the system to provide foods that do not harm us. If you eat out - you're getting tons more salt and sugar than you need in a day; pretty much in every meal.
Two Kinds of Salt
Let me make a distinction between the two types of salt. One salt is processed - plain "table salt." It is highly processed and contains virtually no nutrients. True sea salt actually contains nutrients you need. Even on a salt-restricted diet, most people are okay with consuming sea salt, but table salt is just flat not good for our bodies. Consuming table salt causes swelling, water retention, and can be connected to high blood pressure. Consuming sea salt can help the body maintain good hydration levels. It give the body real nutrients that won't cause the body to store water like traditional salt does. If you can make one change, I would suggest leaving table salt behind.
Not My Sugar Too!
The other hazard for our bodies is sugar. It's highly processed and stripped of all nutrients like salt is. If you deal with inflammation, consuming sugar is likely a factor. Let us distinguish again that I am not talking about natural sugars. Fruits, raw honey, and real maple syrup are natural, minimally processed sugars that contain nutrients. These are good for you in moderation. White sugar is so processed there's not much left. If you can make this change, drop off processed sugars and switch to natural alternatives.
Trading table salt for sea salt and processed sugar for natural sugars are two changes that can make a huge difference in your health. These two processed items wreak havoc on our body systems. It can be difficult to make the switch because we are so used to these flavors. But you can choose to reset your taste buds. I'm not saying it's easy - but it is certainly worth it!