Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Little Changes Make Huge Results

Day 1: DONE! Here's my progress from yesterday (sorry about the terrible lighting):

I went on a pretty fast walk. Definitely worked up a sweat.

Hope your first day went well! I would love to hear about it. Also, keep it up! :)

Alright, today I want to talk to y'all about something very important. I went to the Whole Foods for the first time and I loved it (that's not the important part)! It's definitely one of those stores to get lost in. And honestly, it's one of those stores where you think everything is healthy's WHOLE FOODS! Well, that's not quite true. 

Now for the important part:
I once heard or read somewhere that it's best to shop on the outskirts of a grocery store. I seriously keep that in mind every time I go to the store now. It's so true! Think about it...fruits, veggies, poultry, meat, milk, eggs, toilet paper, it's everything that is best for our bodies! 

And then think about what's filled on the inside aisles.... Cookies, canned foods, frozen entrees, Lucky Charms, Cheetos, processed, processed, and processed.

So here's the first little change you can do, try making 90% or more of your grocery shopping on the outskirts of the store. Fresh food, fresh you!

If you do decide to go to the inside aisles (I know, I know, those Goldfish can be tempting), think about this first:


- I read a book about clean eating and it talked a lot about ingredients in foods. Of course clean eaters eat pretty much anything that's not processed, but when they do, it said to make sure there are less than 6 ingredients in the product. So think like a clean eater, try and aim for less ingredients!

- If you can't pronounce a word in the ingredients, then I wouldn't trust it. Butylated Hydroxytoluene? Huh?!

- Go for 100% whole wheat if you eat bread. Just "wheat" or "made with whole wheat" isn't going to cut it. 

- Limit the saturated fat and stay away from the trans fat! Fat is not bad for you, but these fats are. Healthy fats: avocado, olive oil, nuts.

- Remember, the less sugar, the better. Try and get your sugar intake from fruit!  

I put together a list of some ingredients to get away from ASAP and why!:

- MSG's are found in a lot of processed meals (code names: textured soy protein concentrate, carrageenan, maltodextrin, disodium insinuate, disodium guanylate, modified cornstarch). They are linked to skin rashes, nausea, migraine headaches, heart irregularities, seizures, and bone loss
- Enriched flour: it's found in a lot of snack foods. It is bleached and lacks nutrients. The body treats it as a refined starch. The 'enrichment' is used with a metallic form of iron. Say whattt?
- Soybean oil: found in salad dressings. It's a GMO (genetically-modified) that can have a negative impact on our health.
- Propylene glycol alginate (E405): used as a food thickener. It is also used to in automative antifreezes and airport runway de-icers.
- Polysorbate 60 (polyoxyethylene-(20)-sorbitan monostearate): found in baked goods products and liquid products... it's made of corn, palm oil, and petroleum. Yuck.
- Colors/Dyes (colorants): comes from coal tar, and can contain lead and arsenic. 
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): can cause tissue damage that may lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Nearly half of tested samples of HFCS contained mercury. 


These are just a few of the MANY terrible ingredients found in the foods we eat. A little change in your ingredients can make a BIG difference! The ingredients you never think to look at can really be hurting your body physically and mentally! Help your body out, read the labels. A good app for finding out what processed foods are okay or not is Fooducate. You can scan the items in the store with this app. It's pretty cool and very helpful!

So with all of that being said, even though I was at Whole Foods and pretty much everything is organic and healthy, I still checked the labels to make sure my body was getting the proper ingredients to live a healthier and happier life style!

Oh stop! You're making me blush.

I hope you find the post helpful the next time you are in the grocery store. :) 



  1. Okay so I might be your stalker but I don't care! I get so excited when I see that you have posted a new blog! My husband is gluten free and dairy free due to an allergy and I love reading about new things to try with him because the same thing all the time gets old. I love the fruit idea, it makes so much sense and now I'm going to try and cut coffee out. So thank you! I would love to hear any gluten free ideas that you have!