So much reading to do about grocery stores and food labels and restaurant menus... oh my! These 6 simple rules will make shopping, reading and eating much more simple.
1. Shop With a List.
Then stick to that list! I'm pretty sure "chocolate smothered pretzel rods of death" didn't make it on to your list... therefore they shouldn't make it into your cart.
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2. Ingredient List:
The Fewer the Better.
Check the ingredient list for: length (shorter=better in most cases) and natural ingredients (could you find it in a normal person's kitchen)
3. Nutrition Facts:
More Protein + Fiber.
Less Sugar+ 'Bad' Fat.
Check 4 things on the Nutrition Facts. Protein, Fiber, Sugar, Fat. Simply stated: Load up on the first two. Minimized the last two. The nutrition breakdown depends on the product ... but grain products should favor fiber > sugar and prepared food should favor protein > fat.
4. Organic Does Not
Always = Healthy.
Plenty of prepared (boxed) organic foods are loaded up with sugar, fat and sodium. Check your nutrition facts and your ingredient list to be sure that what you're buying is a healthy choice.
5. Eat "Out of the Box"
Choose snacks and meals that don't come out of a box/bag/envelope. Go for fresh, raw ingredients whenever possible!
6. Make it YOUR Menu.
Don't feel trapped by menu options - you can order a la carte/off the appetizer menu/with modifications!
Simply Put: Order your rice brown, your veggies steamed + butterless and your sauces and cheeses on the side.
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