Last night we did our very first live video to give everyone a peek at what our pantry rehab program looks like. Once I figure out how to get the video on my site I’ll post it! So let me recap that segment.
One of the most effective ways to make a change in your life is to change what you eat. The better you feed yourself the better you feel. For every not so healthy food item you have in your pantry and refrigerator, there is usually a healthier alternative. The idea is to get a better understanding of what a healthy diet is, for you. I don’t believe in fad diets and I believe that one diet does not fit all. I believe that each of us is unique so it’s all about finding what works best for you.
My personal journey and research has taught me to care less about the calories (although important) and care more about the actual ingredients in a product. What that product is made of and where it came from. Here are some tips on how to do that:
- When reading labels (which is a must) focus on the “serving size” and “servings per container” because the numbers and percentages are usually based on one serving only.
- When it comes to fat content, its best if the item has 5 percent or less per serving. A fat content of 20% is way too high, for example.
- Go for the zero trans fats, every time. Trans fats are man-made fats and are worse than saturated fat and sugar. Even if the Facts say no trans fats, they can still be present at a quantity of less than 0.5 grams. This is why I give my clients an ingredient list cheat sheet for the better truth!
- Watch out for sodium. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (science based recommendations) state that sodium intake should not exceed 2,300 mg per day for Americans age two and over.
- Keep sugar intake as low as you possibly can. I’m referring to added sugar. Women should limit added sugar to 24 grams per day. That’s 6 teaspoons, FYI.
- The longer the ingredient list the more processed the food. And, the ingredients are listed in descending order. The first two or three ingredients are the ones that matter the most. They are listed in order of quantity, so if the first ingredient is sugar, don’t buy it! There is more sugar in that product than anything else.
So remember when you’re reading those labels, choose packaged products with only five to seven ingredients. Avoid products with sugar as one of the top three ingredients, and beware of its many other names. And if you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t buy it or eat it
If you would like more information about our Pantry Rehab program, connect with me for a FREE consultation.