In a world where everything is represented by a number.... your finances, your time, your worth, your value... it's hard to stop counting! Instead of looking at our food for its contents and quality we are being told to count the calories. Low fat, no fat.... we see it on every container. Calories in versus calories out. It's the basis of so many "diets".
It's time to change the focus. Our food is here to nourish us; To give us strength. It's all about quality! Stick with me here, things may seem to get a little crazy. Your body is designed to eat food, not food like products. I know, you're thinking "Duh". But grab that container of your favorite snack out of the cupboard and turn it over. Can you read each ingredient on the label? Do some of those things sound more like they belong in a chemistry lab than in your mouth? Now, go grab your lettuce, carrots, strawberries, and grapes. Read their labels. Oh wait... they aren't labeled, weird. Could it be that these foods need no explanation? They are just that, food.
Think of your food as your fuel. If you drive a Ferrari I doubt you're putting regular or even mid-grade in the tank. You know for best performance, you need the best fuel. And just like a car, if you put junk in, you're going to gum up the system, slow it down, and eventually cause it to break down. No matter the car, it will always work its best with the highest-grade fuel.
Just like a car, your body will work it's best if you provide it high-grade food. Food full of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Now turn this thinking into action. Here are a few steps you can take to influence your eating habits and start feeding your body the best fuel:
1. Shop the Perimeter
The next time you're in the grocery store stick to the outer walls. This is typically where you will find all of the fruits, veggies, meats, dairy, and fresh bakery. Try to do most of your shopping here. Don't wander through each aisle. Only go down the inner aisles you know you need something from. You will be amazed how much less junk food you will come home with when you shop this way.
2. Turn it Over
Before you put something in your cart, turn it over. Take a look at the ingredients. Can you pronounce the first three ingredients? Ingredients are listed in order of most to least percentage of content. This means the ingredient listed first will make up most of that item, and the item listed last will make up the least amount. All too many times I will pick up what seems to be a "healthy" item and find ingredients one, two, and three are sugar...sugar...sugar!
3. K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Sweetie)
If all else fails, keep it simple. Healthy doesn't mean complex. If it's an item that will spoil within a few weeks you know it's food. Real food comes from living things... plants, animals, trees. These things will eventually parish. If it goes bad, it means it's good for you!
To sum things up follow this one simple rule.
"Eat food, not too much. Mostly plants" -Michael Pollan