Is trying to eat healthy like learning a foreign language to you?
Trust me, I know it can be overwhelming. There is so much information flooding the internet on the next miracle weight loss product and the best new diet.
If you remember these next couple of things that I’m about to tell you, you will never be tricked by clever marketing again.
First things first: THERE IS NO MIRACLE WEIGHT LOSS PRODUCT. Think about it: how long did it take you to put on all of that weight? Even if there was a miracle product out there that did that, how healthy could that possibly be? Don’t buy into anything that tells you otherwise.
Secondly, the closer a food item is to its natural form, the healthier it is going to be. For example, fresh cherries are healthier than cherry pie filling. Even if you don’t understand how to read a food label or know what ingredients to avoid, you know that there will be little to no other additives when you choose a food that is in its natural, whole-food form.
I am a big advocate for whole foods in the diet. Avoiding processed, packaged foods, even if they are labeled as a “diet” food or seem healthy based on the packaging, is the easiest way to make sure you stick to a healthy diet. If you don’t understand anything else about diet or exercise, just remember to eat fresh whole foods and you will never go wrong.
Don’t understand what I mean by “whole foods?”
Whole foods are basically foods that are in or close to their natural form when you eat them. Like fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, eggs, etc. Bread is made of grains, sure, but can you go pick a loaf off of the bread tree? No. So we wouldn’t consider that a whole food.
The best way to avoid processed foods is to stay away from the center aisles in the grocery stores. Have you ever noticed that when you go to the store all of the produce is up in the front then as you walk around you see different protein options and dairy all along the perimeter?
Those are the areas you want to focus on. As you move towards the center aisles, that is where you find more snack-type processed foods. Don’t get me wrong, there are some healthy foods within those aisles, but if you are new to this and you don’t understand how to read a food label, then I highly suggest avoiding those areas all together.
Eating healthy is a lifestyle. I understand that eating a diet made up COMPLETELY of whole foods is tough. If you don’t know what to look for on a food label, you can read my post, How To Read A Food Label, or you can use websites such as Medline Plus or the FDA for more information.
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