Friday, 24 June 2011

Kicking bad food to the curb... one mouthful at a time

Kicking bad food to the curb... one mouthful at a time

When deciding on what foods to eat, here at me organic we tend to keep our ‘little list of evils" at the back of our minds as a checklist of what to avoid and instead we try to focus on delicious, healthy foods that nourish our bodies.

To make it easy for you, we have created our little list of evils below. Use this as a guide to help decipher what to stay away from and leave off your shopping list.

1.Top of our list is the ingredients list. If the food is not in the fresh produce section it will be in packaging which almost always will require you to read the ingredients list. What to look out for:

  • If you can’t pronounce an ingredient it is more than likely bad for you.Think Dimethyl Dicarbonate and Glycerol Monostearate. However there are a few exceptions, the lovely grain quinoa- pronounced keen-wa is one. This is a hidden gem of a grain so make sure this is added to your shopping trolley. (easy to cook and delicious)
  • MSG, aspartamine and all other chemical additives- if its on the label it should be staying on the shelf.
  • Processed and refined fats (margarine,hydrogenated trans fats) cause many of our degenerative problems such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes and are almost always lurking in fried food and dodgy takeout.
  • Excess sugar is also implicated in causing type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, kidney disease, liver disease, obesity and depression. Every tablespoon of sugar depresses the immune system for up to 6 hours. 

Processed white foods- rice, breads and pastas are loaded with nothing but a high GI, ( glycemic index) and little to no nutrients. Luckily everything that comes in white, also comes in brown. A simple exchange can bring major benefits in both weight and energy control!

Animal protein- we eat meat but only good quality meat (organic, local) and in very small doses (1-2 times per week, fish 3-4 times). 

Dairy can be the devil if you are intolerant, and truth be told most of us are. The first step is becoming conscious of how much dairy you are guzzling down weekly. If its a lot, try drinking nut milks as a substitute for normal milk. Also goats and sheep's milk cheese is much easier to digest, especially if you are only eating small amounts 1-2 times a week.

For the next few weeks try and eat with this list at the back of your mind. 
Take the focus off all the junk and put the spot light on delicious healthy and fresh foods. Think about what you are eating and how it makes you feel. Don’t wait for Monday- this is a lifestyle change- start making changes right now!

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