Are you wanting to clean up your diet? It can be pretty confusing with every label you read going down the “healthy isles” claiming to be a green light for healthy eating. Natural, gluten free, organic, lactose free, sugar free, fat free; can confuse anyone and cause us to fall victim of marketing scams to buy and eat foods that might not be that healthy for us at all, even though they claim to be. Today I’m going to sort all of this out for you to make it a little less confusing, so you can march through the grocery store with confidence.
Rule #1: Organic doesn’t mean better for you
Just because it says organic shouldn’t give you the green light to eat as many as you want. For example, organic gummy worms doesn’t mean it’s healthy. A lot of us have programmed our brains that when we see organic we automatically assume it’s good for you. Is it better than refined sugar loaded gummy worms? Yes, but sugar is still sugar and whatever is not used by your body for energy will be turned to fat and stored. It’s best to stay away from these foods.
Rule #2: Sugar is sugar
Know who the real enemy is. Stay away from artificial sugar especially diet sodas! Not only will artificial sugar make your stomach upset but it will cause you to crave even MORE sweets! I suggest cutting back on sugar by taking a close look at labels. First cut out packaged and refined sugar. You might be surprised what the numbers add up to throughout the course of a day, week, and even month.
Rule #3: Eat from the Earth
When grocery shopping stay on the outside sections of the store. This keeps you in the fresher and healthier food sections, which typically consists of foods from the earth with minimal packaged foods. Before you place it in your cart pause for a moment, read the label and look at the ingredient list. Ask yourself: did this come from a direct source from the earth? If so, then you get the green light to add it to your basket of clean foods.
Rule #4: Check reduced fat to see what’s being replaced
Did you know that reduced fat peanut butter actually removes only a few grams of the fat, but only in exchange to add in more sugar?! Including fats into your diet like coconut oil, avocado, almonds and fresh salmon can actually help you burn fat! So don’t be afraid of fat coming from the right sources. But be leery of products claiming to be fat free… there is probably a catch. Which is why I stress to READ labels. Pick products up and compare them to other products that are similar.
Here is an example of what a day of eating looks like for me:
- Wakeup 6 a.m. coffee with agave
- 2 egg whites
- 1 whole egg
- 1/4 avocado
- 1 medium sweet potato
- Chicken or Bison with a green veggie sautéed and banana or apple
- Protein shake and almonds
- Spaghetti squash, ground turkey, and marinara sauce with sautéed mushrooms
- Or fish and grilled veggies
Late night snack:
- Quest bar or protein shake