It’s no secret that we are what we eat. But what has been a well-kept secret by the food processing industry is that there are innumerable ingredients that go into processed food that are causing you to gain weight. Many of them are advertised and promoted to make you believe that they will not only help you lose weight but also that they are healthier. NOTHING could be farther from the truth.
The first step to losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight is to buy as few packaged food items as possible. The less the food industry gets their hands on it, the better. For example:
- Boxed Cereal – Alternative: Rolled Oats (yes…good old porridge)
- Microwave Vegetable Dishes – Alternative: Go to the vegetable aisles and buy fresh (or frozen)
- Dinner Entrees (Frozen or Micro) Alternative: Steam veggies and Roast Chicken
I know, I know. The boxed, micro or frozen are much easier and way faster to prepare. But how much time are we talking here, 15 -30 mins of your time for a lifetime of vitality, energy and worry free health!
Every minute you spend preparing good wholesome food for your body, is an investment in how your body will serve you in years to come. It’s that simple
Be a label detective! When you are buying any food item, whether it’s for a meal, a snack or a treat, READ THE LABEL. If you can’t understand 50% or more of the words, your body can’t either. Unknown chemicals, preservatives, and artificial colourings are all foreign substances as far as your body is concerned. They will either raise your insulin, increase your appetite, give you cravings or generally just contribute to weight gain.
WHERE TO START…..
Here are two items to start with because learning to read labels can be complex and overwhelming when you start.
There are only a few really good fats/oils for healthy tissue and organs. Your body needs oil/fat that it recognizes. All the processed fats today are foreign substances to your body’s intelligence system. Olive oil and coconut oil are your very best sources.
Here are the ones to watch out for on labels. 100% NO!
- Hydrogenated Oil Vegetable Oil
- Palm Kernel Oil Shortening
- Trans Fatty Acids Margarine
- Soybean Oil Corn Oil
- Cottonseed Oil
The same principal applies here as above with fats. Your body does NOT recognize foreign substances. All fructose sweeteners will increase your appetite and cravings. All artificial sweeteners will raise insulin levels and contribute to weight gain. There is NO win here.
Here are the names to watch for on labels. 100% NO!
- Aspartame Sucrose
- Sucralose Rice Syrup
- Nutra Sweet High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
Healthy living begins with what you put in your mouth. Be a label detective. Take care of your own health and the health of your family and enjoy the endless benefits of your investment.