“Mmm, yogurt. Look at me, I’m eating healthy yogurt.”
“Oooh, whole grain bread! YES. SO healthy. I’m healthy and so smart!”
“This frozen pizza is organic. So, so healthy!”
“I’m eating a granola bar that has whole grains. This healthy shit is on fleek, yo!”
So, so smart, right?
Dammit! Hate to burst the healthy bubble, but here are some hard facts about these “healthy” foods:
Look, I’m no fan of labels, but when it comes to certain things, they’re super important. Labels are on packaged food for a reason – the same reason there are warnings and directions of use on medications. Though the food industry isn’t (yet) required to say, “so…this shit in here is likely going to end up killing you over time, so don’t eat it, mmmmkay?”, they are required to post ingredients.
What’s a good tell-tale sign that the foods you are eating are super duper bad for you? Take a look at the FIRST ingredient. Ingredients are listed in order from highest concentration to lowest.
All too often, I’ll see “SUGAR”, “HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP” or – this one slays me – “EVAPORATED CANE JUICE (oh look, sugar with lots of syllables)” as the first ingredient! Uuuuh…where’s the FOOD?!
My brilliant and massively successful friend Donna shared this, and it’s a great reminder to read labels:
Ooooh, natural. Sexy, natural food.
Um, if it’s so natural, why is there an effing label on it?! Yeah. Huge warning sign right there about that “natural” stuff.
Here’s what the FDA says about natural labels: From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives. However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.
I love the part about the fact that the FDA, which regulates FOOD, hasn’t come up with a specific definition. *shifts eyes*
This article goes into more details, and what’s really smashing about this is when an FDA spokesperson says, “I do think we have a gray area.”
Here’s your action step for the day: read your food labels, especially paying close attention to the first ingredients (ideally, your food has very few ingredients, or no label at all except a price tag or a produce sticker). When you shop, forget about reading the packaging on the front and the lovely, seductive artwork. Read the non-sexy, black and white nutrition information. That unsexy label will result in furthering your sexy body and your dashing goals.
Also, if you haven’t already, get rid of the junk in your home. Clear your cupboards, cabinets, pantries, refrigerators and freezers. Oh honey, I know. It cost money. “I might as well eat it, I paid for it.” If it’s not perishable, give it away. If it is, CHUCK IT. Seriously. Do this. Yes, it’s the hardest step.
I know. It’s what I did to lose over 100 pounds. It’s also what I did when I stopped drinking and using drugs. My shit was stocked, yo. Literally, I just got my stash restocked the day before I stopped using. The day I put down, I gave that shit away (I was still in a mentality where I thought flushing/destroying drugs was a “waste”).
All of your goals – do you want to achieve them? Do you see yourself smashing those goals, and have the willingness to do the work? Or do you just want to bitch and whine about life, wishing that you could have those things magically happen to you?
Do you know what happens to people who win the lottery? Over 90% end up as broke if not MORE broke then where they were before they hit the jackpot. The vast majority of Biggest Loser contestants gain the weight back (I have a personal issue with calling people “LOSER”, but that’s another post altogether).
Fuck that. We can do better.
We’ll keep focusing on freedom from sugar addiction this week, and I’ll keep giving you action steps. That’s my job. Your job, if you’re up for it, is to read these and hopefully feel inspired and compelled by the message. It would be lovely if you would let me know how it’s going and how I may further serve you. It would be stupendously fabulous if you take action.
However it plays out, don’t be an in-danger stranger. Keep me posted on your life. The more I know, the more I may do ♥
To your sweetest days ahead,
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