Navigating “healthy” food choices can be a bit daunting these days, especially when there are all these catchphrases bombarding us like organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, fortified and non-fat. A diet filled with lots of whole fresh seasonal foods accompanied by foods with simple and short ingredients lists, that are as close to nature as possible, with the correct portion sizes is being smart about what you’re purchasing how much you’re eating.
- Don’t just believe all the fat free and low calorie marketing claims made by companies. Being healthy is not about restricting yourself of fats and calories but eating the right ones. Any product that is packaged, the calories lowered and has the removed fat is processed and has become artificial. Eating foods rich in healthy fats and contain healthy calories will keep you on track. I think we should be paying attention to the quality of the food
Read The Label
- Always read the label of a product, if you don’t know a listed ingredient and or can’t pronounce the ingredient, you should NOT be eating it. Always stay away from preservatives, ingredient lists should be short and simple, I go by the rule if it has more than 10 ingredients then I don’t buy it. I believe the only worthwhile statements are No GMO, Organic and Locally Sourced – with the name of the farm or supplier.
Foods To Avoid
- Drinks like matcha lattes, coconut water and then large bowls of chia pudding with heaps of nuts, seeds, granola and fruit still need to be eaten in moderation. While all of these have health benefits, if the portion size and sugar content is ridiculously high then any health benefit is redundant.
- My family and I stay away from soy and definitely don’t drink soy milk as it has been linked to infertility, menstrual issues, is highly processed and mostly contains GMO’s. It contains high levels of Phytic acid which inhibits the body’s ability to absorb minerals like zinc, calcium, iron and magnesium. Try rice or almond milk instead.
- Processed foods with a long shelf life and an ingredient list that you don’t recognize shouldn’t make it into your grocery cart. Added colours in foods should be avoided like – Yellow 5 and Yellow 6, Red 3 and Red 40 – these colours have been linked to cancer, early learning development and behavioural disorders in children. I don’t believe food is intended to stay fresh beyond it’s natural shelf life.