6. Don’t Label Yourself

Simply Living Healthy – 40 tips in 40 days

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Read the labels on your food and pay attention to what they mean.  Or don’t.  Sometimes I think that’s half the problem.  If your food has labels that means it has been altered in some manner.  Altered enough that nutritional content has to be put on a label.  When is the last time you’ve seen a label on an apple?

Stick to whole foods and not only will you be healthier for it, but you will consume more nutritionally dense food, and less calories.

If labelled food is unavoidable watch for the following:

fats – try to keep serving sizes under 3g of fat (unless you are buying something as the fat content for your meal: aka yogurt or coconut milk.)  Don’t buy anything that contains trans fats.  Why? You ask.  Click here.

sugars – do a quick calculation in your head, 5g of sugar is approximately one teaspoon.  Know how much sugar is in a serving size.  Opt for none or as little as possible.  And if possible buy an unsweetened version (then you can see what you are adding and opt for a healthier sweetener like honey rather than high fructose corn syrup.)  Watch the label for added sugars in things like canned fruit or applesauce.  Fruit already has enough naturally occurring sugar in it!

sodium – this is horrible in processed foods.  Mostly because we crave salt (our body needs a little). Opt for the low sodium or no sodium.  Less than 2300mg per day for an adult is acceptable.  Less than 1500mg is even better (and recommended if you have high blood pressure, or are over 50).  To give you perspective: one teaspoon of table salt contains 2325mg of sodium.

These are very basic breakdowns.  I could go on about the breakdown of a label all day.  Easy solution.  Don’t buy it if it has a label on it!! I know, I know, easier said than done.  But one can always try.

Simply Living Healthy – 40 tips in 40 days

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