REAL FOOD IS ALWAYS A BETTER CHOICE
“Real food is always better than Fake Food.” BEWARE of any kind food substitutes, which by the way, always fall under the category of having been “processed” in some way. Some of these products are not even real food!
In addition to filling our bodies’ with chemicals and toxins we do not need, diet colas and artificial sweeteners actually encourage us to eat MORE and therefore store fat. Real sodas contain way too many empty calories, but diet sodas are even worse for us!
We were told for years that margarine was “healthy alternative” to butter. Turns out Trans Fats found in margarine are worse for us than the saturated fat in butter we were trying to avoid. And have you ever checked the label on “processed cheese food”? YUK!
What about “FAT FREE” Salad dressings?
In addition to not tasting as good or being as satisfying as “real” dressing it turns out we NEED some fat to help absorb fat-soluble vitamins found in typical salad ingredients like dark leafy greens, carrots & the oil itself! Lite & Fat Free dressings tend to be higher in sodium, too. We’re better off to go ahead and enjoy the real thing, just in moderation!
To make sure you don’t over consume fat when enjoying dressing, read the labels & keep a measuring spoon handy until you can eyeball your portions. Enjoy your dressing on the side so you can just dip your fork into it. Try making your own dressings instead of using the bottled varieties to ensure you have the healthiest non-hydrogenated oils, the freshest and most natural ingredients and no unwanted additives.
On this plan you will never again have to put any food in your mouth that you do not enjoy. Seems the “real stuff” is always healthier that the “substitute or fake stuff”! Now when out shopping or deciding what to eat, Always remember no matter WHAT the most recent diet product of the month may be, “Real food is always better than fake food!” The closest you can get it to the way Mother Nature delivered it, the healthier it will be!
Buy Local & Organic whenever possible
If this is a major shift in your grocery buying habits one of your first thoughts may be, “But that is EXPENSIVE – I can’t afford to do that!” Granted Organic Foods are generally anywhere for 20 to 100 percent MORE expensive than the commercially grown and produced foods. However, in the LONG RUN fueling our bodies with the most nourishing & nutritious food available is not only an investment in our own health & wellness, but also that of our communities, our country and our planet!
You think you can’t make a difference? Think again!
Any time you make a purchase you are casting a VOTE! If we STOP purchasing dairy and meat products that are pumped full of hormones, antibiotics, raised in an unnatural or even inhumane manner, then the food companies will have no choice but to change their methods.
If we purchase our fruits and vegetables from local and organic farmers, not only does this support our local communities, but we ensure we get a better, tastier product which has left a lighter footprint on our earth. This goes for processed foods, too. If we stop buying cereals, cookies, potato chips and soft drinks that do not support our health, guess what will happen? The food companies will respond by giving us what we want!
If you can’t afford to start buying all Organic foods, you may have to pick and choose. If you want to know which choices are the most important to purchase organic, it is best to start at the TOP of the food chain. Purchase Meat, dairy and egg products that have been produced without hormones, antibiotics and raised on pesticide free grains.
Then move on down the food chain to fruits and vegetables. There are some fruits and vegetables that contain MORE pesticides that cannot be washed away than others … examples include: Celery, Apples, Strawberries, Blueberries, Peaches, Nectarines, Bell Peppers. For a “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides” that you can either print out or download to your mobile phone, go to www.foodnews.org.
Remember, with every purchase you are casting a vote, and not only are you making an investment in your future health but that of your community and our planet.