In the interest of being the healthiest version of you possible, it’s a great idea to make sure what you put into your body is also the healthiest food possible.
As they say, “You are what you eat“… and this is very true.
If you don’t eat healthfully how can you expect your body to process garbage and produce a healthy body as the result? Give it the good nutrition it craves and you’ll be surprised at the stunning changes towards better health you can achieve in your body.
That all being said, here’s some simply awful foods that you’ll want to avoid, and some great suggestions to replace the bad with some good.
Anything Processed or Packaged
Almost all processed and packaged food contains some amount of additives and chemicals (added as emulsifiers like soy lecithin or preservatives to prolong shelf life). Avoid packaged foods and processed foods as much as possible.
When shopping for groceries, try to stick to ‘one ingredient’ foods such as fresh vegetables, fruits and berries, lean meats, seafood, dairy and eggs, unprocessed raw nuts and seeds. Basically keep your eyes peeled for whole, natural foods, as close as possible to the state you’d find them in before any human touches them.
In my opinion, artificial sweeteners are poison. Any kind of artificial sweetener you can find out there is surely going to be something absolutely chock full of chemicals, if not made 100% out of chemicals. Why would you expect your body to even know what to do with that crap? Stay away from this stuff. Even the stuff that claims to be made from sugar has had chemical processes applied to it to remove the calories. In a word: Yuck.
Opt for sweetening your food and beverages with natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup or, if you’re counting your calories, try Stevia. It’s a natural product (it’s a plant leaf) and has no calories.
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Try to avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup. There’s nothing good about it, and it certainly is NOT a ‘health food’ as the manufacturers may have you believe. It’s highly processed and nothing but empty calories (and a lot of them at that) with little to no nutritional value. You’ll notice that a lot of packaged and processed foods actually contain high fructose corn syrup, so if you’re staying away from those foods, it will be easier to avoid high fructose corn syrup, too.
Again, opt for any of the previously mentioned sweeteners instead of corn syrup. They are much healthier and much more nutritious than high fructose corn syrup. Honey and maple syrup also contain lots of healthy enzymes and anti-oxidants that your body does know how to digest and use.
Refined Sugar is also referred to by many as “WHITE DEATH”, and there’s a reason for that. The stuff is extremely bad for you. I would probably put it in the exact same category as the above mentioned high fructose corn syrup, and is maybe one teensy step better than artificial sweeteners. There is absolutely no nutritional benefit to eating white death sugar. It’s extremely processed (the word “refined” is just a fancy way of saying “processed”) and offers nothing in the way of nutrients or even energy. Can you say “blood sugar spike followed by huge crash”? Because that’s all white sugar will get you.
I’ll say again that your FAR better options are honey, maple syrup and stevia.
Seeing a bit of a theme here yet?
Processed equals Bad. Unprocessed equals GOOD.
This is the rule of thumb you’ll want to stick to if you’re really serious about eating better for better health.
Remember, you are what you eat. Garbage in will certainly equal garbage out. Stay healthy, and keep that diet clean!!
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