Have you been unable to lose weight or maybe even gained weight on organic, “all natural” health foods? More and more packaged organic foods are flooding the market with consumer demand and increased awareness for healthier food options. Organic fresh fruits and vegetables are generally more expensive but are good food choices if you want to limit exposure to toxins and pesticides.
However, with our busy lives, there is a huge demand for packaged, convenience foods. There are organic options for almost any junk food you crave. You now have your choice of organic potato chips, chocolate bars, cookies, crackers, waffles, pancakes, chicken nuggets, pizza; and the list goes on. This can be misleading to many consumers; they assume the products labeled “organic” are healthy and therefore, can eat as much as they want. Organic food items are a great choice if you are trying to clean up your diet and live a healthier lifestyle. However, your best choices are organic grass fed meats, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
Organic packaged food items CAN be a better choice than other processed food items, but are typically higher in calories and should only be used on an occasional basis. Make sure to read the labels and check the ingredient list for calories, sugar, fat and sodium amounts. Remember, the shorter the ingredient list, the better!
Smoothies are a popular choice for people who are trying to make healthier food choices or may not have time to cook or eat a meal. However, many pre-made smoothies are loaded with sugar and ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup or artificial sugar. Experiment by making your own smoothies with fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Homemade smoothies with fresh fruit, yogurt and almond milk are a good, healthy low-calorie alternatives to store bought smoothies and shakes.
Furthermore, many people assume protein bars are healthy and a good food choice. however, many are processed and can be similar to a candy bar nutritionally. Check out the ingredient list on this Atkins protein bar:
DO YOU REALLY WANT TO PUT THOSE CHEMICALS IN YOUR BODY?
A better option would be to make your own healthy protein bars with all natural ingredients such as organic almond butter, organic fruits, and nuts.
Try to get in the habit of reading food labels and look for items that contain ingredients that you are familiar with. If you can’t pronounce it and you don’t know what it is, you probably don’t want to eat it. The bottom line is, to get in the habit of making healthy, food choices and paying attention to the total calories you consume on a daily basis. Packaged foods listed as organic, or all natural does not mean we can eat as much as we want of them. Make a point to become more aware of ingredient lists by looking at nutrition labels. Consider what you want to put in your body. This is the first step towards making better decisions for a healthier lifestyle.