Friday, May 20, 2011

Don't Eat That...'til you read this

Okay, my last word for the week on food marketing and what you need to know about it - this piece from Men's Health and their notorius "Eat This, Not That," model for pointing out what we already know: the longer the list of ingredients, the worse it is for our bodies.

Before you pull your car up to the drive through, and please before you feed fast food to your children, read this article on what's really in your "food."  It's eye-opening and sobering.

But, there is a silver lining in all of this bad news.  I know, sometimes it seems like we're surrounded by things we can't eat, and it's overwhelming to try and change our ways.  But, it only seems that way because we've been convinced that our options are simply what's sold to us on television.  There is a whole world of cleaner, healthier eating out there and guess what? It's waaaaay easier than reading lists of ingredients and trying to figure out what to eat.

Here's how: eat real food. Apples and oranges and pears and berries.  Carrots, broccoli, spinach, squash. Eggs. Chicken. Fish.  Sweet potatoes and brown rice and whole grains and nuts. You don't need a degree in nutrition to eat healthy, just ignore the marketing, skip the aisles, and head to the produce section.  I absolutely promise you will find everything you need there, and if you get tripped up, call me and I'll walk you through it.

Education isn't always power.  It's a good start, but only action is power. Take this new knowledge and put it into action this weekend!  Start eating cleaner and stop worrying about what's in your food.

Be healthy, and be happy!

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