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How to Avoid Processed Foods

Avoid Processed Foods for Good Health

Good nutrition plays a major role in keeping your body healthy but sometimes trying to eat properly can be confusing – especially because of all the well-designed, high-powered, convincing ads in the media – placed by major food manufacturers – BUT, you should do your best to avoid processed food. This is the quickest and easiest ways to improve your health through diet. The food companies are very clever and have sophisticated marketing experts that develop programs and promotions to convince the public that their products are healthy.

They are very smart and study food trends carefully. When there is a new fad or even a rumor that there is a new healthy food about to be introduced to the market, they jump right in and add that particular ingredient(s) to everything, which often destroys any health benefits the ingredient(s) may offer when eaten in the natural state.

Hamburger and Fries
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The best way to protect your health is to simply avoid commercialized processed food completely – including all fast foods. You don’t need super food powders, potions, or pills to be healthy – if you eat right.

If you are unwilling to change and know that you will continue to make the choice to eat unhealthy foods, it could be a wise decision to add the pills, powders and potions to supplement your diet. But . . .  for the most part, if you choose to eat a highly-nutritious diet that contains little (preferably none) processed food you will be much better off.

Back to the Basics

A healthy diet does not have to be complicated. All it requires is to select food in its most natural state (as close to nature as possible).  In the cooking process, add only natural herbs, spices, and healthy fats (in limited amounts) so you do not turn healthy food into an unhealthy meal. Steamed veggies with salmon drizzled with lemon juice and a wild rice pilaf needs nothing extra.

Learn to Be a Smart Shopper

Reading Food Labels
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If you haven’t already noticed, please check out your grocery store the next time you shop. You will find that the fresh food is placed around the perimeter of the store. That is where you should shop. AVOID going up and down every aisle. You don’t need most of those products anyway. If it had to be made in a factory, it probably isn’t something you should be eating.

If you must buy packaged goods, learn to read labels! 

Always plan your menus in advance, make a grocery list, and stick to it! Do not impulse buy, unless it is fresh fruits and veggies.

Make the Change Slowly

Finally, allow plenty of time to change your eating habits. Some people can go cold turkey – that is the way I did it, but it doesn’t work for everyone.  You know yourself, so plan accordingly.

You may want to start deleting one group of bad foods at a time.

For example:

  1. Phase One:  Stop eating fast foods.
  2. Phase Two: Stop eating unhealthy fats.
  3. Phase Three: Stop eating refined sugar and sugar products.
  4. Phase Four:  Stop buying and eating processed foods.

Of course, you can do it in any order you choose. As you delete each bad category, start adding more and more fresh, healthy foods. You will find that in a very short time you will be eating better and feeling better.

Eliminating one type of unhealthy food group at a time and focusing on all the healthy, nutritious foods you can eat will make the change process much easier.

Final tip . . . measuring cups and spoons are your best friends when cooking and adding any type of fat, sugar or salt to your meals. Always go on the light side!