Healthy Eating Made Simple

If you have ever tried to lose weight you know that the two most important components are what you eat (diet) and how much you move (exercise.)

Exercise is easy to track because you can physically feel your body exerting itself.  You know that the quicker you move your legs, the faster your heart beats, the more calories are burned.

Food is not quite as easy to track.  Although you know what you are eating, you don’t always know what ingredients go into that food to make the end product.  You might think you are eating a healthy salad, but in all actuality, that salad turns out being just a few fat grams shy of the greasy burger and fries that you just opted out of.

Sometimes going out to eat seems like it’s the quickest, most efficient way to feed your family, but at what price?  Restaurants want things to taste amazing, but they also want these taste bud ticklers to come at the most economic price possible.  The result is that their food is often high in fat content and doused with artificial flavors, colors, and sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, and Yellow 5.

The truth is that the healthiest of meals are going to come out of your own kitchen, but you’ve got to know what to buy.  The best way to grocery shop is by reading labels and loading up on antioxidant- rich fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

Fast tips for healthy purchasing:

  • Don’t buy it if the product or ingredients didn’t exist 100 years ago!
  • Buy foods with ingredients you can pronounce.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners like aspartame and high fructose corn syrup, and avoid artificial colors such as Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 1, and so on.
  • Watch out for trans fats and saturated fats, and steer clear of hydrogenated oils.

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